Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Weeki Wachee Florida

The city of Weeki Watchee sits in Hernando County with a population in 2000 of 12 people. This huge town covers an area of 1 square mile, but this city is known all around the world. Weeki Watchee is around an hour north of Tampa on Hwy 19. This little star on the map is known for their enchanted spring and the famous underwater mermaid show.
At Weeki Watchee state park the water bubbles out the aquifer at a consistent 74 degrees and flows down the Weeki Watchee 7 mile long river.

The spring’s average discharge is 112 million gallons a day. The sandy-bottomed spring pool is large, at 165 feet by 210 feet, but the vent is a small 20-foot by 3-foot opening through exposed limestone rock at a depth of 185 feet. The force of the discharge is too great for safe entry except during drought conditions.

There is much to see and do at this fantastic place that is only a mile square called Weeki Watchee. I love going and tubing and swimming in the springs and crystal blue water. When exploring the river you may be so lucky to come across a West Indian Manatee

taking a swim up river, or you see an alligator taking a nap on the shore.

Come and experience the natural beauty of the crystal clear waters of the Weeki Wachee River and enjoy a great outdoor experience while canoeing or floating down this beautiful springs.