Withlacoochee River

Withlacoochee River Florida

Also know as the Crooked River. You can paddle the Withlacoochee many times and never see the same lace twice. It is a 160 miles long.   
Withlacoochee river birds

We saw plenty of wildlife. From birds to gators to snakes. Plenty of options to putin your kayak and even stay over night. Here is a place to get more information from Visit Florida.

If you are a bicyclist, there is a rails to trails. This give you a lot f options.  Kayak the Withlacoochee River, camp, eat and stay too. Fresh from Florida has info too.

Birds of Withlacoochee


We had lunch on an island that had orange trees. So there is a lot to see.  By the way, we also kayaked by a gators. A few 4 footers and one large, I am guessing the gator was 10 plus feet. Don’t forget you cameras. I use a water proof Pentax WG-II model. I also bring my Cannon SLR. But I keep it in a water proof bag until I am ready to use it.

The other cool did bit is, the Withlacoochee River is one of two river in Florida the flows northward. This is also a blackwater river. Unlike the Rainbow River which crystal clear.

The withlacoochee Water shed covers about  2,100 square mileswith It also flows through 8 counties;

  • Citrus
  • Hernando
  • Lake
  • Levy
  • Marion
  • Pasco
  • Polk
  • Sumter


We stayed in Dunnellon at the Rainbow River State Park. This give you a convenient location to kayak both Rainbow river and the Withlacoochee. It is also close to restaurants and stores. The camp ground does get full fast. I would recommend making a reservation prior to leaving.

Take a look at this map. Pick a place to putin and have fun on the Withlacoochee. Lets us post your adventure. Just contact me here.

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