Many locals have been wondering, what’s going on with Weeki Wachee State Park? Will it be open this summer?
Stated on their website it says that the park remains closed, but kayak rentals and self-guided tours are available from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Starting June 11th, 2020, customers will no longer have to paddle back up stream to return their boats. Shuttle rides from Roger’s Park are now resuming, making the total paddle distance down the river at 5.5 miles. However, buses are running on limited capacity to follow state guidelines.
As for the park itself, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park will be restoring the area around the headspring during the summer season of 2020. The construction project will install erosion control devices to prevent stormwater runoff. This project will protect the Weeki Wachee Springs and improve water quality in the spring and the river. While the restoration project is underway, Buccaneer Bay and some other park amenities will be closed. Rental equipment will be available. When social distancing guidelines allow, mermaid shows, river boat tours and wildlife shows will be available.
The goal of DEP’s Division of Recreation and Parks (DRP) is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources. Making improvements for the safety of the guest and wildlife is top priority.
So, Buc-Bay will be closed for this year as construction is taking place during the summer and the park is always closed during the winter. There are opportunities for the Halloween and Christmas events to still take place, but Hernando County will have to check back with Weeki Wachee State Park’s website closer to the time for more updates.