Bayport Park
Bayport Park was originally a 1.5 acre historic park developed in the 1950's by Hernando County. In 1999 the park was expanded with an additional 10 acres owned by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. In addition to the historic area that includes markers describing the prehistoric and Civil War significance of the area, the park includes newly renovated to include an elevated coastal boardwalk, picnic areas, new boat launch facilities and restrooms.

The park includes extensive facilities for power boats, which includes a lighted dock area and two paved boat ramps. Ample parking is available for vehicles and boat trailers. Launch facilities are open 24 hours a day.

Situated at the mouth of the Weeki Wachee River, this is also a good spot to launch your canoe or kayak for open Gulf or river paddling, Ambitious paddlers will enjoy making a day trip up the river to its source at Weeki Wachee spring - followed by a leisurely ride back downstream with the current. The total distance for this round trip is about 15 miles. The "Upper Deck" restaurant located about two miles from the river's mouth across from Roger's Park, makes a good stopping point for dinner before ending your day.

The main entrance sign reads, "Historic Bayport Park" ... pointing out the significance of this area before and during the Civil War. Bayport was a bustling port town in the early 1800's, and was the site of the "Battle of Bayport" where Union forces attempted to blockade the port.


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