|The Wekiva River together with Wekiwa Springs Run, Rock Springs Run and Black Water Creek were designated by the United States Congress as a National Wild and Scenic River in October 2000. Five Outstandingly Remarkable Values (ORVs) have been identified for the river system: scenic, recreation, wildlife and habitat, historic and cultural, and water quality and quantity. In accordance with the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, these ORVs, the river system’s free flow characteristics, and its immediate environment “shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations” (section 1(b) Wild and Scenic Rivers Act). Unlike most rivers in the National Wild and Scenic River System that are managed exclusively by either a federal or state agency, the Wekiva River System is considered a “Partnership Wild and Scenic River.” This means that it is jointly managed by a consortium of local stakeholder groups, referred to as the Wekiva River System Advisory Management Committee (AMC) with oversight and coordination provided by the National Park Service (NPS).
Section 3(d)(1) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act requires that a comprehensive management plan be developed to serve as the basis for protecting a designated river’s values. The Wekiva Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan was completed in May 2012. Learn more about the volunteer opportunities and ways you can get involved in protecting the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River!
|Rock Springs Run: Photo Credit: Coy Helms
The Wekiva River System is located within central Florida, including parts of Lake, Orange, and Seminole counties. The river system is just north of Orlando, one of Florida’s principal metropolitan areas with a rapidly growing population. The system is unique with its second magnitude springs, blackwater streams, creeks, runs, and more. It is a riverine oasis in this urbanized area of central Florida.
Please enjoy and protect this nationally treasured resource!Discover the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River! Download Paddle Wekiva, your local guide to canoeing and kayaking opportunities along this unique and beautiful river system.