Canoeing is one of the most popular water activities here at Wekiva Island. We have over two hundred, 2-3 person canoes available for rent at your convenience. Rentals are on a first come, first-serve basis and prices are based on a full day rate or half day depending the time rented. We cannot reserve or hold vessels prior to the day of launch. Guests can launch their own vessel (for a fee) to enjoy the day exploring the river. Please note: dogs cannot accompany guests on vessels.
Kayaking is a versatile sport, perfect for those looking for an intense workout or others who want a leisurely cruise along the Wekiva River enjoying nature and solitude. We currently have approximately 50 kayaks available for rent on a first come, first-serve basis. We cannot reserve or hold vessels prior to the day of launch. All rentals must be paid on the rental day. Please note: dogs cannot accompany guests on vessels.
Paddleboarding has quickly become an exciting and favored water activity at Wekiva Island. Guests are encouraged to come test their balance as they explore the river at their own pace with this standup sport. We recommend coming early as boards are limited and rented on a first come, first-serve basis. Additionally, paddleboard owners are welcome to bring their own equipment for use for a launch fee. Please note: dogs cannot accompany guests on vessels.
Volleyball is a favorite group activity on the island. Our regulation sized sand volleyball court is located behind The Tooting Otter (bar) and is available for groups to reserve. We have bleachers for friends or bystanders to cheer on their team – whether you’re playing competitively or for just your own recreation. Time may be limited or matches may rotate to accommodate other guest reservations. During COVID you will need to bring your own ball to play. Please note: dogs cannot accompany guests on property.
The Wekiva River is well known for its fishing and is filled with a variety of fish. Fishing is not allowed from our shores as there is too much human activity. However, guests are encouraged to bring their own bait and tackle and the cast from boats, Canoes, Kayaks or Paddle Boards.
What better way to cool off than to jump in the river!? Wekiva River remains a constant 72 degrees all year round and guests are welcome to enjoy swimming along the boardwalk area or in other designated swimming locations along the river. Outside floats are welcome. Large floats will be charged a small fee. Please note: there are no lifeguards on duty, and no diving is permitted from anywhere along the boardwalk and dogs cannot accompany guests on property.
At Wekiva Island, we want our river to be a home to you. Bring your boat and plan your adventure on the river, relaxing and taking in the sights. The boat ramp is available for launching (up to 25 HP maximum). Guests are encouraged to make a stop at the Tooting Otter for refreshments and enjoy the Without a Paddle Cafe for a bite to eat. Please note: dogs cannot accompany guests on vessels.
The Kings Landing river trip allows you to enjoy the beauty of the river while traveling downstream at a rate of 3-4 miles per hour. The total trip covers 8 miles and is estimated at about 4 hours long (with no stops). Moving at your own pace, there are several stopping points along the way to stop, snack, swim and/or fish. Note that we are not a part of Kings Landings business except that we are their take out point. Kings is no longer shuttling due to COVID but you are welcome to park a vehicle at Wekiva Island if space is available and also note there is a $25 charge per parked vehicle we open at 8 AM daily. Please note: the run is extremely rough right now as it has not been maintained all year, there are many spots that trees are down and you would have to get out of your vessel and portage over. If you really want to do it, you must use your own vessel and no pets may accompany you as they cannot be on our property even for a pass through.
Wekiwa Springs State Park
Located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, canoeists and kayakers can paddle along the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run. Note that Wekiva Island is not a park of the State Park System, we are a private park open to the public one mile down river from Wekiwa Springs State Park. If you visit the Wekiwa Springs State Park through their back door via canoe, kayak or paddle board, please note that they have a $2 person fee due where you park your vessel.
Thirteen miles of trails provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Options for camping include a full facility campground and primitive camping areas.
If you rent canoes or kayaks from the Park, plan to stop by Wekiva Island for refreshments from The Tooting Otter and some great food from Without a Paddle Cafe on your way down the river.