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Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park

Cedar Key, Florida

Contact Information
P.O. Box 187
Cedar Key, 32625
(352) 543-5567

Driving Directions
Waccasassa Bay State Preserve extends along the coast between Cedar Key and Yankee Town. Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park is only accessible by boat. Boats can be launched from several ramps located outside the preserve. Boat access is from C40 in Yankee Town, C326 in Gulf Hammock, and Cedar Key.

Hours of Operation
Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

Park Fees
There is no entrance fee for this park.

This hammock is only a small remnant of the once vast Gulf Hammock that was known statewide. The 32,128 acre preserve borders Florida’s gulf coast between Cedar Key and Yankeetown. Most of the area consists of salt marsh dotted with picturesque wooded islands interlaced with numerous tidal creeks.

Park Activities

Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Nature Trails, and Wildlife Viewing

Boating is accessible only by private watercraft. Boat entrance is available from C-40 in Yankee Town, C-326 in Gulf Hammock, and the City Marina in Cedar Key.

Canoeing is ideal for the nature enthusiast. Endangered and threatened wildlife sighted in the Preserve include the Florida panther, manatee, bald eagle, and black bear. The bay and marsh attract large number of osprey, pelicans, rails, wading birds, and waterfowl.

Fishing is abundant with many varieties of salt and fresh water fish, including shellfish. The area has tidal creeks and an immense salt marsh.