- The 625 acres of DeLeon Springs State Park offer a variety of activities.
- What we see often at the Park: Alligators, Great Blue Herons, Ospey, Limpkin, Vultures, Anhinga, Egrets, Kingfisher, Ibis, & Hawks. Manatees come in for the warm water during the winter months.
- There is excellent swimming in the spring, which year-round remains at 72 degrees.
- Swimming is not allowed in the spring run, but anglers will find an abundance of bass and bream. A Florida freshwater fishing license is required for persons 16 years of age or older.
- Canoes & Kayaks are available for rent year-round through the Old Spanish Sugar Mill inside the DeLeon Springs State Park . You leave from the state parkand return as there is no road across into the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge area in which you will be paddling. The waters flowing from DeLeon Springs feed into Spring Garden Run which continues approximately 3.5 to Lake Woodruff. The paddling is easy and the birding and fishing are good.
- DeLeon Springs provides access to Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, where canoeists can explore 18,000 acres of lakes, creeks and marshes.. Canoe, paddleboat rentals and snacks also are available at the park concession.
- For a leisurely and educational trip on the spring run, take the Fountain of Youth Eco/History tour, a one hour boat ride.
- Scuba diving is limited to open-water instructors and six students. A certification check is required. Instructor Permit is required.
- Visitors can enjoy a half-mile nature trail that meanders through a floodplain forest. A variety of plant and animal life awaits. For the more adventurous, the four mile Wild Persimmon Hiking Trail is available. A Visitor Center features exhibits on the park’s 6,000 years of history;
- Picnickers can gather under the live oak trees that grow around the spring.
For more information, contact
DeLeon Springs StatePark
601 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
P.O. Box 1338
DeLeon Springs FL 32130