Weekiwachee Preserve

The Weekiwachee Preserve is part of a regional system of conservation lands that extend up to Crystal River Buffer Preserve, preserving the southernmost coastal hardwood hammock in western Florida. The preserve provides a rich mosaic of habitats including several miles of Weeki Wachee River frontage, portions of the Mud River, dense hardwood swamps, freshwater and saltwater marshes, and pine-covered sandhills. The preserve is best known for its Florida black bear population. The bears are shy, elusive and pose no threat to people, spending most of their time deep in the forest.

Public ownership protects the wetlands' natural functions of conveying spring water to the gulf, cleansing surface water and providing flood protection, as well as buffering nearby residential communities from tropical storms.

Park Details

Street Address

2345 Osowaw Boulevard
Spring Hill, FL 34607
United States

11206 Acres
Hours of Operation
District lands shall be open to the public from 30 minutes prior to sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset only, unless otherwise authorized by the District per Chapter 40D-9 Florida Administrative Code.

Recreation Opportunities

Recreation Term


Recreation Description
  • Approximately 5.5 miles of bicycling on paved and unpaved trails.
  • Bicyclists are required to stay on designated or marked trails.
  • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.

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Recreation Description

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Recreation Description
  • Lakes open to hand-launched boats, canoes and kayaks.
  • Electric trolling motors allowed.
  • Gas-powered outboards not allowed.
  • Use caution launching boats — banks can be unstable. Do not back vehicles or trailers onto bank.
  • Boats must be carried to the lake — there is no boat ramp.

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Recreation Description
  • Numerous lakes inhabited by both freshwater and saltwater species. Caution: banks can be unstable.
  • Contact FWC for license requirements.

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Recreation Description
  • Approximately 5.5-miles of paved and unpaved trails.
  • 4.3 miles of marked, scenic woods roads.

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Recreation Description
  • Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits.
  • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year.

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Picnic Facilities

Recreation Description
  • Limited picnic facilities in park.

Additional Information

Access and Parking
  • Access from Osowaw Boulevard.
  • On second and fourth Saturday of each month, visitors may drive into preserve through the Osowaw Boulevard entrance and park at end of paved road.

Limited Access Areas

  • No swimming allowed in any of the lakes. Boats are not allowed on the lakes in this area, but bank fishing is permitted. Visitors are asked to take special care in this sensitive area as it has become a significant bird roosting site. Hundreds of wading birds roost here every night and some nesting activity has been observed.
  • Hernando County Trespass Authorization 
Restrooms and Water
  • Portable toilet available. No water available.
  • Hernando County coast, west of Weeki Wachee
For more Information
  • Land Resources, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4470