Welcome to the Lake County Blueways!
A blueway is similar to a hiking trail. Physical and geo-positioned markers guide trail users through the waterways. An ideal blueway trail also includes an abundance of scenery and wildlife as well as easy canoe and kayak access. The Lake County Community Blueways Project identifies scenic waterways that feature nearby amenities for paddlers. The eight trails are within the areas of the St. Johns River, Golden Triangle, Palatlakaha Basin and Oklawaha Basin.
Each zone offers a different experience for trail users. For example, the Golden Triangle Run skirts along the lakefronts of Tavares and Mount Dora and is a shorter trail suitable for casual or novice users. Several of the St. Johns River trails are categorized as “wilderness” Blueways as these runs are located in remote, undeveloped areas and offer paddlers hiking and camping opportunities.
On October 13, 2000, the Wekiva River and tributaries of Wekiwa Springs Run, Rock Springs Run, and Black Water Creek were designated for inclusion into the National Wild and Scenic River System. The 41.6-miles of the system include wild, scenic and recreational classifications which are managed as a partnership wild and scenic river with multiple state, local government, agency and non-profit involvement with federal oversight by the National Park Service. Lake County is a partner on the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River System Advisory Management Committee.