Bureau of Land Management National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Forest Service

Wekiva River, Florida

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Managing Agency:

National Park Service, Southeast Regional Office


Designated Reach:

October 13, 2000. The Wekiva River from its confluence with the St. Johns River to Wekiwa Springs. Rock Springs Run from its headwaters at Rock Springs to the confluence with the Wekiva Springs Run. Black Water Creek from the outflow from Lake Norris to the confluence with the Wekiva River.


Classification/Mileage:

Wild — 31.4 miles; Scenic — 2.1 miles; Recreational — 8.1 miles; Total — 41.6 miles.

Wekiva River

Wekiva River

The Wekiva River Basin is a complex ecological system of rivers, springs, seepage areas, lakes, streams, sinkholes, wetland prairies, hardwood hammocks, pine flatwoods and sand pine scrub communities. Water quality is exhibited in two ways. Several streams are clear due to being spring-fed. Others are blackwater; blackwater streams receive most of their flow from precipitation resulting in annual rainy season over-bank flows. The Wekiva and its tributaries are in superb ecological condition. The basin is almost entirely within Florida State lands and supports many species of plant and animal life, some of which are endangered, threatened, or of special concern. Elevations range from sea level to about 35 feet above sea level. The climate is subtropical, with an average annual temperature of around 72 degrees. Mean annual rainfall over the Wekiva basin is 52 inches, most of which occurs during the June-October rainy season.