Rock Springs Run and King’s Landing Kayaking Information

Paddling the Rock Springs Run to the Wekiva River

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The Sing on the Wekiva River for Rock Springs Run. © George E. Sayour

While the Wekiva River gets all the press and attention, the Rock Springs Run leading into the Wekiva River is often the draw for serious paddlers.  Rock Springs in Kelly Park which is run by the county is a beautiful natural spring where 30 million gallons of water fills the river each day.  Tubing, swimming, and snorkeling are allowed in the Kelly Park, but kayaks and canoes can only be put-in downstream at King’s Landing.

  From here it is an amazing paddle down to the Wekiva River where your journey can come to an end, or it could be just the beginning of the adventure for serious paddlers.

Rock Springs Run Starting at King’s Landing

  • Trip Length: 0 - 8 miles (or more)
  • Trip Time: 3.5 - 4.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Class I current of 3 – 4 mph
  • Hazards: Alligators, monkeys, down trees, floating vegetation, wilderness run, narrow turns and tight bends, swift current at high water, strainers
  • Address: 5722 Baptist Camp Road
Apopka, Florida 32712
  • Phone: (407) 886-0859
  • River Level: Fluctuates based on water from the headspring
  • Laws: PFD and Whistle are required.  Swimming is restricted in certain areas in the State Park.

Getting to King’s Landing

The King’s Landing Resort is not far off of I-4 in Apopka, FL.  It is next to county run Kelly Park.

  • 2.2 hours From Jacksonville, FL: Follow I-95 S out of Jacksonville, FL.  Exit I-95 at I-4 W to FL-46 W . Take exit 101C from I-4 W onto FL46W.  Turn right onto FL-46W.  Turn left onto CR 435.  Turn left onto West Kelly Park Road and take the first left to Baptist Camp Road
  • 25 minutes From Orlando: Take exit 101C from I-4 W onto FL46W.  Turn right onto FL-46W.  Turn left onto CR 435.  Turn left onto West Kelly Park Road and take the first left to Baptist Camp Road
  • 4 hours From South Florida: Follow I-95 N out of Miami and Fort Lauderdale.  Exit I-95 at I-4 W to FL-46 W . Take exit 101C from I-4 W onto FL46W.  Turn right onto FL-46W.  Turn left onto CR 435.  Turn left onto West Kelly Park Road and take the first left to Baptist Camp Road.

    King’s Landing Put-in:

    Upon arriving at King’s Landing, find the Marina.  Then follow signs to the King’s Landing dock.  Be sure to pay the $10 launch fee.  If you want a shuttle back, that also costs $10, so figure on $20 per boat.

    King’s Landing Take-Outs:

    Option 1: The most common option for taking out is at Wekiva Island Resort. You can run your own shuttle beforehand which takes about 30 minutes round trip  and two cars.  And of course it will have to be done twice, to initially drop a car off and then to pick one up at the end of the day.  There is a $6 launch fee that must be paid at Wekiva Island to use their boat ramps.

    Option 2: This option still has you taking out at Wekiva Island, but all the hard work is done for you not to mention the time savings of running the shuttle.  Upon launching at King’s Island you can pay for the King’s Landing staff to pick you and your gear up from Wekiva Island. Their shuttle runs at 4:00 in the afternoon on weekdays or at 2:30, 4:00, and 5:30 on weekends or holidays.  There is a $10 per boat fee for the shuttle back.

    Option 3: Paddle down Rock Springs Run and then up to Wekiwa River State Park.  You are able to enter the park here for a $2 entrance fee to swim and hang out.

      If you drive your car in and pay you don’t have to pay the $2 fee. This would be a crazy option since the carry up to the parking area is all up hill.  It would be best to paddle up to the State Park to check it out and swim and then drift down to Wekiva Island to take-out.

    Option 4: Make it a much longer paddle, run shuttle, and take-out somewhere further downstream.  Also, there are multiple campsites along the Rock Springs Run that you can spend the night at which would further lengthen your trip.

    King’s Landing Canoe and Kayak Rentals

    You can rent canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards from the launch site.  Here are the prices.

    • Canoe or Kayak and shuttle back: $40
    • Double Kayak and shuttle back: $50
    • Canoe and Swim: $20
    • Kayak and Swim: $30
    • Note: Canoes hold 2-3 paddlers.  Price is per canoe.

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