If you are looking for a place where you can head out with your family and friends for some adventure, the Econfina Creek Water Management Area would prove to be an ideal choice. There are two major cold springs in the area and over a mile-long trail which is great for hiking between the two springs. The springs are exceptionally beautiful and you would be able to enjoy kayaking, canoeing, and other fun activities here. The staff members here are extremely friendly and take every measure to ensure that everyone is safe and has a great experience. Rent a kayak and head out on a fun adventure.
How to Reach Econfina Creek Water Management Area
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Econfina Creek Water Management Area Reviews & Ratings
Creek is coming back, bars and Eddy's have been rearranged from the clean up efforts and the water is swift can kayak and canoe 5 wide through most spots. Wild life has taken refuge up and down the creek so keep an eye open for our slithering friends and black bears have moved in to areas they haven't been seen before the storm. Still one of Florida's best kept secrets! See y'all in the woods.
I don't know where everyone is finding these amazing spots but everywhere we went it was closed. Not too mention a total disaster. We are not local, and this website it very misleading. Completely disappointed.
We discover this place because it was red flag in the place we camp near the beach. We launch our kayak in the ecofina boat ramp. We came very early so we can have a spot to park. Its free. We paddle first up stream to the 2 other springs and swim. Water is cold but refreshing for Floridas heat. Then we paddle downstream up to one of its hidden gem. I think its garniers spring. We enjoy the crystal clear water. Most paddler missed this spring. Its in your right side. Stay in the water. There was a guy ready to give you ticket cause its privately owned. Then we paddle towards the last spring. Paddle back upstream is a good work out . Not that far back to the boat ramp. The water in the creek is tea colored but in the springs is crystal clear. The creek is fed by those springs. Its a cheaper way to spend the day. Bring your own kayak and do it our way. One thing people throw their trash in the area. They need to be strict with the no disposable containers allowed rule like the other springs i have been to.
Econfina Water Management Area is a vast area, owned by the taxpaying public and managed by the state if Florida, supposedly for the benefit of the taxpayer. My kids and I visited for the first time yesterday, and I was disappointed to see that the managers have treated this area as their own personal tree farm. A monotonous stand (monoculture) of pine trees, all planted in straight rows produce great profits for this Florida agency and allow it to expand, but it does very little for public they are supposed to be serving. Pine plantations/monocultures are all about money and are virtual deserts for wildlife----and they're just not very pretty either. Folks, you are being cheated. This place could be so beautiful. This is your land, and it should be a natural mix of live oaks and pines and other species----a southern forest at its best. It should be chocked full of deer, bear, squirrels, and all sorts of critters. As the FL state government has it, the wildlife population is nowhere near its potential--other than snakes. There are plenty of them.
Awesome place to bring the family. Great for all ages. Very relaxing and the springs are very cool.