UPDATE: For canoe/kayak customers, the main ramp is under construction. An alternate location is being used to launch a limited number of canoes/kayaks. To ensure you get a spot, please call 352-597-8484 to reserve. Canoe/kayak launching hours are from 8am – 12pm until further notice. Thank you for your patience.

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Boating in Florida

Open 365 days a year from 8am to 4:30pm
For Reservations (highly recommended, especially on weekends) call: (352) 597-8484

Boating in Florida is the only kayak and stand-up paddle board rental facility located in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Whether you’re paddling for adventure or relaxation, your 3-hour float down 5.5 miles of the tranquil, crystal-clear Weeki Wachee River will take your breath away with its unspoiled natural beauty and wildlife.

Much of your picturesque journey will be underneath the shade of cypress and oak trees, and of course, Florida’s distinctive palms. Along the way, you may find yourself paddling alongside the gentle giants and endangered West Indian manatees. You may also see turtles, otters, storks and pelicans, and underwater marine life in water so clear, you’d swear you were in an aquarium.

Even if you’ve never kayaked or stand-up paddle board before, don’t be shy. Our experienced staff members will provide you with basic instructions and the Weeki Wachee River is very easy to navigate, even beginners. And don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch and non-alcoholic beverages (no glass) to enjoy at various stopping areas along the river.

Shuttle service

At your journey’s end, you’ll arrive at our pickup point at Rogers Park where our friendly staff will help you out of your watercraft, load up your boat, and shuttle you back to your starting point at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

If you are renting a stand-up paddle board or kayak or launching your own and wish to use our return shuttle service, you must launch between the hours of 8am and 12pm, with last reservation at 11am.

If you’re launching your own stand-up paddle board or kayak and have arranged for your own transportation, you may launch between the hours of 8am and 12pm.


Please visit our Facebook page for more information like updated dates and launch times, or call (352) 597-8484.

DO NOT harass any West Indian manatee at any time, or approach, harass, pet, or feed any other wildlife you may encounter during your trip on the river. In fact, it is against the law. Wildlife may include alligators, manatees, raccoons, otters, aquatic birds and more.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park enforces the following while on the river

  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No pets except service animals
  • No inflatable inner tubes, rafts or similar flotation devices. Inflatable kayaks or boats that are USCG approved are permitted after Boating in Florida staff inspection
  • No motorized vessels of any type
  • No styrofoam or glass items
  • No fireworks

Canoes or kayaks will not be rented during severe weather conditions.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park requires the following:

  • Vessels launched must have a Type I, II, or III PFD. TYPE IV cushion flotation devices are NOT acceptable per USCG
  • All children under the age of six must wear a PFD at all times
  • All vessels must contain a sound-producing device like a whistle
  • Guests may not harass any West Indian manatee at any time
  • At least one person (in the group) launching and or renting a canoe or kayak must be over 18 years of age