Frequently Asked Questions

What watercraft do you offer for rent?

Standup paddleboards; canoes; and single, tandem, and triple kayaks.

Are guided tours available?

We currently offer only self-guided tours. Upon renting your equipment, whether bicycle or water craft, you will be provided with a map and average route times.

Do you accept reservations?

Our apologies, but we only operate on a “first come, first served” basis.

Do you have a shuttle service?

Our apologies, but there are no shuttle services offered inside Wekiwa Springs State Park.

Is there any age limit to rent a canoe?

All rentals must be made by an adult aged 16 or older using a picture identification (governmental or state) for deposit.

How many people can fit into a canoe?

Canoes can hold 3 people or 700 pounds.

What type of kayaks do you have?

We offer sit-in and sit-on kayaks in singles, tandems, and triples.

Are lifejackets and paddles provided with the rental? Can they be rented separately if I don’t rent a water craft?

Personal floatation devices and paddles are included with each rental. These can also be rented separately.

Are there drop-off points downstream, or do water craft need to be returned to the launch site?

All rentals depart and return at the canoe beach in the Wekiwa Springs State Park.

What if I don’t know how to canoe or kayak?

Canoes and kayaks are extremely easy to use! All you need is a map and a paddle to get started. If you need help learning to steer, our friendly staff will be happy to give you some pointers before setting out on your adventure.

Can you fish from the canoes?

Yes, any holder of an appropriate Florida freshwater fishing license may fish from the canoes.

What should I wear and bring with me on my adventure?

We recommend bringing at a minimum: clothing suitable for the weather that can get wet and dry quickly, a hat, water shoes, sunblock, insect repellant, towels, water and snacks, a camera, and a water-proof bag for your valuables. Be sure to throw out or recycle any trash accumulated during your trip in the proper receptacles.

Can I still rent a canoe if the weather is bad?

Wekiwa Springs State Park Nature Adventures continues to rent watercraft during periods of rainy weather, but we will not rent any water craft during or for 30 minutes after an electrical storm.

Are there places on the river where I can stop and get out of my canoe/ kayak?

The ecosystems on the riverbanks are very delicate, and can be damaged by even the most careful traveler. There are also wild animals capable of injuring anyone who treks these areas. For these reasons, we ask that you do not leave your watercraft while on the river unless in an emergency.

What happens if I get lost?

It’s extremely rare that anyone gets lost on the Wekiva River. If you do not return to the dock by 30 minutes after closing time, we will send a watercraft out to search for you. All late returns will be charged a $1.00 per minute additional fee and a $75 recovery fee (if applicable) in addition to their regular rental.

Are your activities suitable for young children?

Yes! Any child capable of sitting for the chosen duration of your journey can take part in a canoe or kayak adventure.

Are there alligators in the river?

Yes, there are alligators and many other wild animals indigenous to central Florida roaming around the park, but there is no guarantee that you will spot any particular animal during your trip. The best time to see wildlife is early in the morning. Should you encounter any animals during your adventure, it is best to enjoy them from a distance. Do not attempt to feed or interact with them in any way.

Can I bring my pet to the park?

Your pets are allowed in designated areas of the park if they are leashed at all times, but only service animals are allowed in the rental watercraft.

How do I reserve a campsite on the river?

Please contact the park service at (407) 884-2009 for campsite information and reservations.

When is the busy season?

Park activities and visitation begin to increase in May and continue through late August. The park will meet capacity early in the day during this part of the season, so we suggest you arrive as near to opening time as possible to ensure your entrance.

Are there restrooms in the park?

There are three restrooms located in Wekiwa Springs State Park: one in the picnic area, one behind the concession area, and one near the swimming area. The swimming area restroom also offers changing rooms for your convenience. All restrooms are fully accessible to those with disabilities.