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Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park
IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape)
Location Levy County, Florida, United States
Nearest city Cedar Key, Florida
Area 30,784 acres (124.58 km2)
Governing body Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Designated: December 1976

Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park is a 30,784-acre (124.58 km2) salt marsh that stretches from Cedar Key and Yankee Town, and is only accessible by boat. It includes the part of Gulf Hammock wetlands area that is closest to the Gulf.

Some access points are from County Road 40 in Yankee Town, by boat down the Waccasassa River from the community of Gulf Hammock, and Cedar Key.

It is the home to numerous species of saltwater fish and shellfish, as well as many endangered and threatened species, including manatees, alligators, bald eagles and black bears.

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Salt marsh and woodlands at Waccasassa Bay.


Florida state parks are open between 8 a.m. and sundown every day of the year (including holidays).

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