Lower Wekiva River

Paddling on the Wekiva River
Paddling on the Wekiva River

A first new adventure in 2020 for Florida Paddle NotesThe Lower Wekiva River. It’s mid-January and a dreary morning, but hey, I’m on the water in Florida! …James




Lower Wekiva River Paddle Map…

Lower Wekiva River Paddle Map
Lower Wekiva River Paddle Map

Lower Wekiva River Details:

Location IconLocation: This 8 mile section of the Lower Wekiva River is located 4 miles NW of Lake Monroe, Fl.


Kayak Launch IconLaunch point(s): The launch for this paddle is Katie’s Landing, located at 262 Wekiva Park Drive, Sanford, FL 32771.


Distance IconPaddle Distance: 7.82 miles


Duration IconDifficulty: Easy…unless the winds are strong on the St. Johns River…the last 1.5 miles.


Duration IconAverage Paddle Speed: 2.46 mph.


Width Depth iconWidth and Depth: The width at the launch is probably the widest of the entire river, being 400′ wide. Just under a 1/2 mile downstream it narrows to 100′ and gradually stays 50′ for most of the paddle before once again widening to 100′ at the St. Johns River. The average depth on this paddle was 6.5′


Current tidal IconCurrent – Tidal: The current is very minimal.


Side Paddle IconSide Paddles: NA


icon-restroomsRest Areas: Restrooms available at the launch at Katie’s Landing and a Port-a-Potty at the end at High Banks Road Boat Launch.

Katie’s Landing…

Katie's Landing
Katie’s Landing

Katie’s Landing is a nice launch, and is owned by the state, now a part of Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park. lt is only for kayaks, canoes and paddle boards and a soft launch. Plenty of parking, restroom facilities, picnic tables and grills. The fee is $3.00 per vehicle.

The Wekiva River:

Palm over Wekiva River
Palm over Wekiva River

Despite being cloudy and a slight drizzle at the beginning this turned out to be a nice paddle. It was still winter, so many of the trees were still without leaves, however the patches of palms provided welcomed shades of greens while the Red Maples and Gum trees offered some reds and yellows. Climbing Asters provided occasional splashes of violet. Wildlife was plentiful, Gators, Egrets, Turkeys and Limpkins throughout the paddle.

I definitely will return to this section during the summer when all the leaves are on the trees and the sun is shining!

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  1. Peter A Clayton

    Our kayak group really likes the paddles around this area but were disappointed by the weed-chocked upper portion of the Wekiva – now you’ve described a good option. Many thanks for your usual detail which makes a first time excursion so much easier.

    1. I will have to admit, this paddle was during January on a bleak, cloudy day. There were so many dead trees in the beginning coupled with the already leafless trees from Winter, that it was hard to do this description, hence taking me several months! I am sure i would like this paddle on a sunny spring or summer day. Thanks for the input Peter.

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