Swimming at Wekiwa Springs

Visitors swimming at Wekiwa Springs with floaties

Take a swim and cool off at Wekiwa Springs!

Wekiwa Springs State Park reaches capacity during the week and on the weekends during the summer months. To avoid waiting, visit the park early. 

Swim in crystal clear Wekiwa Springs where the water is a refreshing 72 degrees year-round. The spring’s natural open setting is perfect for spreading a blanket on the grassy slope, having a picnic and enjoying the day. Since its discovery in the 1860s, Wekiwa Springs (originally called Clay Springs after the property owner) has been an attraction drawing visitors to the area.  

This second magnitude spring expels 43 million gallons (163 million liters) of water a day. The swimming area at the spring is just over a half-acre in size with an average depth of four feet (1.2 meters). 

  • No lifeguards are on duty; snorkelers and swimmers do so at their own risk. 
  • Individual size flotation devices are allowed in the swimming area.
  • Children and non-swimmers should be accompanied by an adult swimmer at all times.
  • The swimming area is open from 8 a.m. until park closing.
  • Due to the shallow nature of the spring, diving and jumping are not permitted.
  • Use of SCUBA and other tank assisted or tethered hookah breathing systems are not permitted.
  • Swimming is not permitted in Wekiwa Springs Run, Rock Springs Run or the Wekiva River. 
Visitors on Wekiwa spring slope

There are two pavilions that are available for groups, such as family outings and company picnics. These pavilions are a great place to relax with friends and family. They’re also located near the spring slope where you can sunbathe, have a picnic or even barbecue. Contact the ranger station if you are interested in renting a pavilion. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll enjoy your time at Wekiwa Springs State Park!

Swim Lift

Swim Lift at Wekiwa Springs

A swim lift is now available at the water’s edge. A swim lift is available for visitors who may have difficulties using the steps to enter and enjoy the spring water. The lift is intended to enable visitors who need assistance entering and exiting the spring water.

  • The lift is hydraulically powered and rated for use by people weighing up to 400 pounds to use themselves or with the assistance of a companion.
  • The seat may remain in the water until the user is ready to get out of the spring. 
  • If you would like the assistance of the swim lift to enter the water, please notify park staff as you enter the park or once you are in the park so that we may turn on the device and make it available to you. 

Snorkeling

Diver at Wekiwa Springs

Snorkel in crystal clear Wekiwa Springs where the water is a refreshing 72 degrees year-round. Children and non-swimmers should be accompanied by an adult swimmer at all times. The swimming area is open from 8 a.m. until park closing.  

  • Due to the shallow nature of the spring, diving and jumping are not permitted.
  • Use of SCUBA and other tank assisted or tethered hookah breathing systems are not permitted.
  • No lifeguards are on duty. Snorkelers and swimmers do so at their own risk.
  • Snorkeling is not permitted in Wekiwa Springs Run, Rock Springs Run or the Wekiva River.