Experiences & Amenities
Three primitive campsites, accessible by boat only, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Details and directions to the campsites can be found in the Big Bend Segment 6 of the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail.
The numerous creeks and shallow waters of Waccasassa Bay Preserve are perfect for canoeing and kayaking. There are no launches within the preserve. Kayak rentals are available in nearby Cedar Key.
Canoeing is ideal for the nature enthusiast. Endangered and threatened wildlife sighted in the preserve include manatee, bald eagle and black bear. The bay and marsh attract large number of osprey, pelicans, rails, wading birds and waterfowl.
In a virtually undeveloped area, the wildlife at Waccasassa Bay is mostly undisturbed. Alligators, otters, bald eagles, dolphins, osprey, raccoons, deer, turtles, great egrets, herons, gulls and pelicans are some of the common wildlife that can be seen. Manatees occasionally visit the park.
Less frequently seen are the Florida black bear, bobcat, skunk and gray fox.