Wekiva River Buffer Conservation Area


The 3,142-acre Wekiva River Buffer Conservation Area includes mainly seasonally flooded wetlands in the floodplain between the Wekiva and Little Wekiva rivers. Protection of the area in a natural condition helps preserve the water quality of the Wekiva and Little Wekiva rivers. The district, the state and the Florida Audubon Society have acquired the area primarily through mitigation to protect the resources of the area. The conservation area is within the Wekiva River Protection Area.

Wildlife viewing

Please respect Florida’s wildlife and use caution while visiting district lands. These are wild animals. For your safety, do not approach or feed any wild animal. The area supports a diversity of wildlife and is part of a corridor for the listed Florida black bear between the Ocala National Forest and Rock Springs Run State Reserve. Other wildlife sightings include ibis, wood storks, great blue herons, egrets, river otter, barred owl and pileated woodpecker.

Recreational activities
  1. Fishing, hiking, bicycling and wildlife viewing.
  2. Canoeing opportunities are available on the Wekiva River; however, there are no launches located on the property.
  3. Geocache located on property. Please visit our geocache database for more information.

From I-4, take State Road 434 west. Turn onto Wekiva River Road. Access is through the Sabal Point development to Wilderness Drive.