New kayak launch hopes to give more access to Nature Coast and relieve traffic on Weeki Wachee River

Posted at 5:43 PM, Oct 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-19 19:11:43-04

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. — There’s an easier and less expensive way for kayakers to experience the nature coast and relieve some traffic on the Weeki Wachee River. 

A new kayak launch is providing a free way for people to experience the nature coast. 

Darwin Queary just bought a canoe two days ago.

"So it’s our maiden voyage," said Queary. 

They brought their canoe to the new free launch at Linda Pedersen Park.

"I can see it be for people who are not quite as mobile to get in and out easily," said Queary.  

The new launch makes it easy to see parts of the coast that you wouldn’t have access to any other way.

"Quite different than the Weeki Wachee River. This is the real coastline of Florida," said Keith Kolasa, manager for Hernando County Aquatic Services. 

The wide, calm waterway leads to the open gulf and is part of a 5-mile trail. 

"It is very peaceful," said Queary. 

The purpose is to give people more access to coastal waters and relieve some of the heavy kayaking traffic on the Weeki Wachee River. 

"This is so appropriate for the Nature Coast, and putting this launch in was beautiful," said Queary.

The launch is free to use and there are kayak vendors on the location with kayaks available to rent on the weekends.