Springs Fever: A Field & Recreation Guide to 500 Florida Springs.
2nd Edition by Joe Follman and Richard Buchanan

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Wekiwa Springs
Orange County
Summary of Features
 
  • Scale -2nd magnitude
  • Scenery -Excellent
  • How Pristine? -retaining wall around spring, cleared park area above spring
  • Swimming -very good, excellent snorkeling
  • Protection -excellent
  • Crowds -heavy on warm weekends
  • Access -excellent
  • Facilities -fine
  • Safety -fine
  • Scuba -no
  • Cost -$6 per vehicle with up to 8 occupants; $4 for single-occupant vehicle

Directions (address and phone: 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, FL 32712, 407-884-2009)
From Interstate 4 north of Orlando, exit west on State Road 434. Go just over a mile, then turn right (north) onto Wekiva Springs Road. Follow about five miles to entrance to Wekiwa Springs State Park on the right. The spring is on the right, just past the pay station. Map at www.floridastateparks.org/park/Wekiwa-Springs

Spring Description
The springs form the headwaters of the Wekiva River (note that the spring is spelled "Wekiwa," and the river is spelled "Wekiva").  The main flow is from a crevice or fissure adjacent to the rock/concrete retaining wall as you walk down to the spring from the parking area.  The top of the vent is about four feet below the surface, and it extends and narrows down perhaps 15 feet before becoming too narrow for human passage.  Water flows up at the rate of approximately 42 MGD from this fissure, creating a large and raised boil on the surface.  A second spring flows from a small limestone opening about 50 feet to the right of the main vent (when facing the spring pool from the parking area near the retaining wall.  This spring creates a mild slick on the surface.

The springs form an oval pool, framed by a retaining wall on three sides, approximately 125 by 250 feet in diameter.  Water flows under an arched footbridge, through another larger pool, and then into a run where it is joined about 3/4 mile downstream by Rock Springs Run.

Use/Access

Local Springiana


Personal Impressions

Snorkeling in Wekiwa Springs in the narrow fissure against the powerful flow of the upwelling water is one of the more exciting skin-diving experiences one can have in Florida. Canoeing in the river is excellent. Wekiwa is one of Florida's best state parks and a lovely spring as well. The far-sighted individuals and organizations that preserved this spring and its (and Rock Spring's) watershed from development have done a great service to this and future generations.

Nearby Springs

Apopka Spring, Blue Spring, Camp La No Che Spring, Clifton Spring, Gemini Springs, Health Spring, Messant Spring, Miami Spring, Palm Spring, Rock Spring, Sanlando Spring, Starbuck Spring

Other Nearby Natural Features