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Proposed Spring Protection Zone for Weeki Wachee

Photo showing people in kayaks at Weeki Watchee Springs in Hernando County

The FWC is actively seeking public comment on the proposed Spring Protection Zone at Weeki Wachee Spring and a portion of the spring’s associated spring run in Hernando County. 

The proposed rule would prohibit anchoring, mooring, beaching and grounding of vessels in the spring run of the Weeki Wachee River extending from the spring boil within Weeki Wachee State Park to the Rogers Park Boat Ramp. Restricting these activities would protect the bank and vegetation, native habitat and aquatic grasses in and along the spring run. 

See the following map and description of the proposed spring protection zone.

How to Provide Feedback 

Public comments are being accepted through June 30, 2023. Comments may be submitted to and via mail:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Attn: Boating and Waterways, 1M
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

At the July 19-20 Commission Meeting, FWC staff will present a summary of the input received during this public comment period and the proposed final rule.

Map and Description of the Proposed Spring Protection Zone

Proposed protection zone from where Roger’s Park boat ramp canal meets the spring run at Latitude 28 degrees 31 minutes 54.3 seconds North, Longitude 82 degrees 37 minutes 35.1 seconds West; then east following the spring run upstream from shoreline to shoreline for 5.61 miles to a point within Weeki Wachee Springs State Park at the farthest upstream location of the main spring boil at Latitude 28 degrees 31 minutes 1.9 seconds North, Longitude 82 degrees 34 minutes 24.4 seconds West

Previous opportunities to provide feedback

The FWC actively seeks public input on a variety of topics related to boating and waterways and provides public notices of proposed and approved local boating restricted areas. Please check back to this webpage for updates.

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