Weeki Wachee Preserve

Best known for its shy and elusive Florida black bear population, the 11,206-acre Weeki Wachee Preserve offers a broad selection of habitats with pine-covered sandhills, hardwood swamps, freshwater and saltwater marshes.

The wildlife preserve’s lakes are 45′-60′ deep former rock quarries filled with freshwater from the Upper Floridan Aquifer.

The Weeki Wachee River and portions of the Mud River form its northern border, where conservation lands stretch north up to Crystal River.

All of these lands protect the southernmost coastal hardwood hammock in western Florida.



  • Biking – 4.2 mi. of bicycling on dirt lanes and 1.3 mi. paved road adjoining the Osowaw Boulevard entrance.
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating and Paddling
    • Limited to a few small lakes
    • No boat ramp
    • No kayak or canoe rentals
  • Fishing
  • Hiking – 5.5-mi. unpaved trail and paved road and 4.3 mi. of marked, scenic woods roads.
  • GeoCaching
  • Picnic Facilities
  • No camping
  • Hunting


Operating Hours

Daily from sunrise to sunset. On 2nd and 4th Saturdays each month, visitors may drive in at Osowaw Blvd. gate and park at end of paved road. Free entry, but no dogs allowed.


Be a volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your local community, make new friends, learn new skills and enjoy Florida’s beautiful natural areas. For more information about volunteering with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, go here »



2345 Osowaw Boulevard, Spring Hill, FL 34607


Weeki Wachee Preserve Snapshots

Shoal Line Blvd Entrance Snapshots

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