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Frequently Asked Questions


Fishing is not permitted at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

The use of metal detectors is allowed in certain designated areas in Florida State Parks. Metal detectors may be used at coastal parks between the waterline and toe of the dune, as determined by the park manager, except at archaeological sites within the zone.

Metal detectors may also be used during authorized archaeological research projects, and to recover lost personal items, with supervision of a park staff member. Please check with the park of your choice for special details and arrangements.

Florida’s state parks are managed as natural systems. All plant and animal life is protected in state parks. Limited hunting with a special permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is allowed at Rock Springs Run State ReserveCedar Key Scrub State Reserve, and the Marshall Swamp area of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway.

To fully enjoy the experience of visiting a wilderness area it is recommended that you contact the reserves in advance of your visit. 

Resource protection is foremost at all state parks and swimming with manatees is NOT allowed. However, the endangered Florida manatee can be seen every day at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Visitors can go below the water’s surface to view these gentle giants from the underwater observatory in Homosassa’s main spring. 

Yes, please contact: Annie Yandoh, (941) 416-3810. For group reservations please contact the state at (352) 423-5564

Wi-Fi is available at the Visitors Center & the West Entrance.

Seating throughout the park. Completely ADA accessible – including ferry boats & trams!

Wildlife ambassadors may not all be available every day. The park hosts many species of animals including manatees, Lu the Hippo, reptiles including alligators, and many other furry & feathered friends. Conservation through education.

Please see the daily board at the West Entrance for programming available that day, as it is currently changing daily. Manatee programs are 11:00 am & 1:00 pm most days.

Kayaking Eco Tours coming soon! No private launches or swimming.

Ferry leaves every half hour, starting at 9:30 am, until 3:00 pm from Visitor Center, and 3:30 pm from West Entrance.