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Waccasassa River near Cedar Key, Florida USA
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Big Old Cypress Tree on the Waccasassa River

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Our Route Summary

  • Submitted by: Al Vazquez,
  • Date Submitted: 11/2010
  • Location: East of Cedar Key, Florida USA near the Gulf of Mexico
  • Class: typically Class 1
  • Distance Paddled: about 4 miles round trip upstream
  • Water: fresh to brackish and tidal around the downstream area
  • Wildlife: alligators, pelicans, egrets, herons, mullet, cypress trees, live oaks, Spanish moss
  • Special Regulations: none known

Entry and Exit

  • Directions:
  • From Cedar Key, take Route 24 north. Turn right (southeast) onto Route 98/19/55. About 5 1/2 miles, turn right (southwest) onto Route 326. Proceed about 4 miles to the boat ramp.

    If southbound on Interstate 75, exit at Gainesville directly onto Route 24 southwest toward Archer and Bronson. Turn left (southeast) onto Route 98/19/55. About 5 1/2 miles, turn right (southwest) onto Route 326. Proceed about 4 miles to the boat ramp.

    From Interstate 75 northbound from the turnpike, exit at Ocala onto Route 27 northwest. In Williston, take Route 27 ALT northwest to Bronson. In Bronson, turn left onto Route 24. Turn left (southeast) onto Route 98/19/55. About 5 1/2 miles, turn right (southwest) onto Route 326. Proceed about 4 miles to the boat ramp.

  • GPS: N 29.21377 W 082.76353 degrees (actual )
  • Fee: None
  • Description: Cement boat ramp with adjacent small dirt beach
  • Parking: paved and unpaved
  • Facilities: Bench and small dock
  • Special Handicap Access: None

Where We Paddled and What We Saw

From the entry point at the ramp, we paddled to the left to go upstream.

Be careful of motor boat traffic near the boat ramp. It is especially heavy downstream on weekends as this ramp is used by fishermen and clammers to head downstream to the gulf.

Paddling upstream, we kayaked the left fork of the river and paddled under the Route 326 bridge at

GPS: N 29.22139 W 082.75786 degrees (actual )

The river continued to narrow and we found ourselves paddling quiet waters without motor boats.

There was a nice canopy of trees overhead during much of the paddle as we kayaked further upstream.

We came to some rapids over what seemed to be a natural dam formed by a ridge of solid rock across the river. Carefully avoiding slipping, we portaged our kayaks over the natural dam and continued paddling over newly quiet and slightly deeper waters.

The river narrowed and we found ourselves paddling through more and more obstructions of fallen trees. After about 2 miles of paddling, we turned around at

GPS: N 29.23501 W 082.74848 degrees (actual )

Near the boat ramp, we saw this alligator sunning itself on the shore. Especially during colder weather, these magnificent cold-blooded reptiles can be found warming themselves on sunny beaches like this one along quieter streams in Florida. Terms of Use


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