Boating FAQs

Boating FAQs

Do I need a reservation even if I have my own boat?

Yes! We limit the number of boat launches to 70 per hour to better manage the beautiful river we all enjoy.

Can I just walk in without a reservation?

Reservations are strongly recommended for both rentals and private boat launches. Make your reservation here.

Why is there a limit of boat launches per hour?

The Weeki Wachee River is a very popular destination and we all want to ensure its future. Limiting the boats per hour help manage traffic down the river. This is a Florida State Park mandated limit.

What if I arrive late at the pickup point?

Guests who arrive at the pickup point after the posted time will be charged a $50 per boat and per hour late fee. Exceptions are made due to inclement weather conditions.

Please make sure you know the posted time as it changes based on the time of year!

Do I need a lot of experience paddling a paddleboard or kayak?

No, Weeki Fresh Water Adventure’s paddleboards and kayaks are very easy to use. The Weeki Wachee River is very easy to navigate even for a beginner.

What should I wear?

A swimsuit, hat, water shoes, suntan lotion, and insect repellent (if sensitive to insects). In addition, rain gear (if rain is expected) and a jacket for the cooler months.

What other items should I bring?

A towel. A soft-sided thermo bag with plenty of water (non-disposable containers only), snacks or lunch (only in a non-disposable container), and a camera (don’t want to miss that picture of grandma in the kayak!). A dry bag or box is good to have for your cell phone or remote control car keys.

Is a guide provided for the paddle?

No. This is a self-guided paddle. Guests are reminded to turn LEFT at all potential intersections on the river. It is a very easy paddle experience.

What items are prohibited at Weeki Fresh Water Adventures?

The following items are not allowed on the Weeki Wachee River: alcoholic beverages, pets, inflatable inner tubes, rafts or similar flotation devices (inflatable kayaks or boats that are USCG approved are permitted only after Boating in Florida staff inspection), motorized vessels of any type, disposable items included but not limited to plastic, aluminum, glass, styrofoam paper, and fireworks are all prohibited.

What if it rains while we are paddling?

Put on protective rain gear (rain poncho is best) and keep on paddling. Neither paddleboards nor kayaks can be rented during severe weather conditions.

What do we do if it starts storming while we are on the paddle?

In case of thunder and lightning, the best course of action is to pull over to the nearest accessible shore. Pull your kayak or canoe up onto the shore so it does not float away. Leave your paddles in the kayak/paddleboard. Crouch low to the ground and do NOT huddle together. Stay a few feet apart from each other. As soon as you feel the lightning has passed, resume your paddle.

Can I swim in the Weeki Wachee River?

Swimming or getting out of your vessel is not allowed.

Are there aligators in the Weeki Wachee River?

Yes, but don’t expect to see them. They are there, but prefer to stay in the marsh areas where guests do not paddle.

Can we bring pets?

Pets are not permitted on the river with the exception of service dogs, as defined by the ADA. Emotional support dogs are not recognized by the ADA as service animals. Kennels are not available.

Can we bring inner tubes or other floating items?

No, only approved USCG inflatable kayaks or boats. A Weeki Fresh Water Adventures staff member must inspect the inflatable prior to launch.

Can we bring scuba diving gear?

No, scuba gear will not be allowed to launch from the State Park Launch area.

Can we launch paddle boards?

Yes, launch fees are the same as other private kayaks and canoes. Paddle boards must be accompanied with a PFD (life jacket) and sound-producing device. Make a reservation here.

Can we launch inflatable kayaks?

Yes, though they must be USCG approved. A Weeki Fresh Water Adventures staff member must inspect the vessel before it can be launched. Make a reservation here.

Can we launch motorized boats?

No. Electric or gas-powered motorized vessels cannot be launched at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

Is Weeki Fresh Water Adventures ADA Compliant?

In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and Chapter 780, Part I, Florida Statutes, the Florida Civil Rights Act, Weeki Fresh Water Adventures is committed to providing accessible facilities, programs, and services for all people, including those with disabilities, to participate in kayaking. We welcome your call prior to your visit at (352) 597-8484 so that we may assist and safely include everyone to the best of our ability.

Can I get formal instruction in basic kayaking?

Yes, our Weeki Fresh Water Adventures manager is an ACA Certified Instructor. Contact him for further information at (352) 597-8484