Kayakers on the Waccasassa River
View of the Salt marsh from above
Greenfly Orchid Flowers
Waccasassa tidal creeks
Waccasassa River shore
Flowing Tidal Creek
Kayakers on the Waccasassa River
A seep in the limestone
A group of kayakers moves away from the viewer down a river lined with tall grasses towards sillouhetted palms and other trees.  The kayakers are paddling beneath a blue sky full of white, fluffy clouds.
The photo was taken from high in the air and looks down on miles of tan colored salt marsh which gives way to a darker green area of forest in the distance.  The tan marsh is split by two rivers running horizontally across the picture.
A cluster of the delicate light green flowers of a Greenfly Orchid which is clinging to the bark of an oak tree.
Seen from above, Tidal creeks, swollen by the high tide, split the marsh into many small irregular islands as they flow out to the Gulf of Mexico.
View from the Waccasassa River of the grass covered shoreline studded with topless palm trunks.  Live palm trees can be seen in the distance as fluffy white clodes float overhead in a perfectly blue sky.
A creek reflects the clouds in the sky as it flows between grassy shorelines towards tall palms and other trees of the Hydric Hammock.  In the upper right of the frame we can see what can only be a Live Oak covered in fresh Resurrection Fern
A few kayakers paddle along the Waccasassa River.  On the shoreline we can see tall Sabal Palms and other large trees beneath a blue sky.
Low marsh vegetation grows froma  pool of water surrounded by dark grey limestone rock covered with holes towards a treeline in the distance.

Some content on this website is saved in an alternative format. To view these files, download the following free software or you can skip to the main content if you already have the appropriate readers.

  • Use Adobe Acrobat to read Portable Document Format (PDF) files: Download Adobe® Reader®
  • Microsoft Word file viewer and converter programs to enable those who do not have MS- Word or have another version of MS-Word to open and view MS-Word files: Download Word file Viewer
  • Microsoft offers Microsoft Excel file viewer and converter programs to enable those who do not have MS-Excel or have another version of MS-Excel to view MS-Excel files:Download Excel file viewer

Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park

Welcome to Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park

Accessible only by boat, this preserve is a favorite of anglers because it boasts both saltwater and freshwater fishing. Bordering Florida's Gulf Coast between Cedar Key and Yankeetown, extensive salt marshes and tidal creeks create habitats for saltwater fish, crabs, and shellfish. The park's uplands protect a remnant of the Gulf Hammock that once spanned thousands of acres between the Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers. Endangered and threatened species-including West Indian manatees, bald eagles, American alligators, and Florida black bears-live or feed within the preserve. Although there aren't any marked foot trails, nature enthusiasts can enjoy wildlife viewing from a canoe. There are several primitive campsites on the Preserve, accessible only by private boat and are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Directions to Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park


Open Larger Map for Waccasassa Bay State Park

Additional Info