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Wekiva River
Wekiva River, Florida

The Wekiva River is a National treasure. This river boasts beautiful vistas and unique ecosystems.

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Enjoying the River

Help us protect this amazing river so we can all enjoy the river for many more years to come!

Open Space
Navtive Plants

The Wekiva Basin is filled with gorgeous flora and fauna.

Orchids
Otter frolicking

Join us for one of our monthly field trips!

Volunteer FOWR-Volunteers


Ambassadors Program

In 2015, FOWR will launch our Environmental Ambassadors Program. This program will provide students the chance to get involved in protecting and promoting the health of the Wekiva River Basin.

Click here for more information.

Links


Upcoming Events

  • FOWR FIELD TRIP
    Saturday - March 14th, 2015 at 9am
    Lake Norris Conservation Area
  • DISCOVER WEKIVA
    Saturday - April 18th, 2015
    Katie's Landing at 9am-3pm
  • SPRING 2015 LAKE
    RESTORATION EVENTS

    Save the dates! Saturday mornings.
    March - May
  • FYN/FFL WINTER CLASSES
    New FREE classes offered through
    Florida Friendly Landscaping

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN FLORIDA 800-435-7352. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. REGISTRATION NUMBER CH42991

 

 

Welcome Note

Since 1982 the Friends of the Wekiva River have worked to protect, preserve, and restore the natural functions and beauty of the Wekiva River system. As a result of our leadership and the cooperation of our river partners, the Wekiva is designated a Florida Outstanding Water, a Florida Canoe Trail, a Florida Wild and Scenic River, and a National Wild and Scenic River with over 70,000 acres of state-protected lands in the basin. Despite this ample recognition, the Wekiva River and its fragile ecosystem face numerous threats.

These include the fragmentation and loss of habitat, declines in spring flow, degradation in water quality, and wildlife mortality on the roads. read more.


Upcoming Friends of the Wekiva River Field Trip

Saturday - March 14th, 2015 at 9am

Friends of the Wekiva River’s field trip for March will be a must-do kayak/canoe paddle through Lake County's spectacular 3,600-acre Lake Norris, rimmed with ancient dwarf cypress trees with gnarled limbs and trunks. The Lake Norris Conservation Area, within the Wekiva River Basin, offers visitors an opportunity to view an inordinate number of osprey and their nests in these amazing cypress. As many as 100 nests have been sighted.

The two-hour field trip will include paddling a stretch of Black Water Creek, which flows from the lake’s southeast end to the Wekiva River. If the wind is high, this trip could be rated moderate. If the water is flat, it is considered an easy paddle.

Lake County is providing Friends of the Wekiva River with free use of canoes for the first four to sign up. Others can bring their own canoes or kayaks.

The field trip will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the entrance to the Lake Norris Conservation Area on west side of Lake Norris Road, 2.5 miles north of County Road 44A. (Starting from State Road 46 at Markham Road, west of Sanford, go west on S.R. 46 for 3.6 miles to County Road 46A, turn right onto C.R. 46A and drive 3.5 miles to County Road 44, turn left onto C.R. 44 and drive 2 miles to County Road 437, turn right onto C.R. 437 and drive 2 miles to County Road 44A, turn right and drive 2 miles to Lake Norris Road. Take that road 2.5 miles to Lake Norris Conservation Area.)

Wear comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting wet, bring water, sun glasses and a snack. To reserve your spot, call Katie Moncrief at 407-862-5432 or 407-435-8189.


Discover Wekiva - April 18th, 2015

The Wekiva River

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Events & Programs

Next Board Meeting:
March 5th, 2015 at 6 p.m .
SPECIAL PROGRAM
See events

The Friends of Wekiva River have been working closely with the Rotary Club of Seminole County South to form the Wekiva River Promise. The project is to educate on the effects of nitrates and promote personal stewardship to ensure the enjoyment of the River for years to come!
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