Kelly Park has been one of my favorite swimming holes since I was a child. I use to go to Camp Joy, which is right up the road, and canoe the Wekiva River as a young lad growing up in Central Florida. The Wekiva has stayed fairly clean compared to some of the other water ways I grew up fishing on the coast. This area is located in Apopka and not far from Wekiwa Springs. Both Springs are nice and offer the opportunity to hunt shark's teeth, which I lost three the girls found today and am still hearing about. I have been informed that the statute of limitations on my failure will run when I take them back to the spring.
These pictures are obviously at the head of the spring where you get in to make the run. The water is beautiful and makes me wish I had a Go pro. We had a Soft-shell turtle, some other sort of terrapin, bass, bluegill, carp and some nice wild shiners.
As you swim down the little lazy river, you will notice on your left….
Our cute little lifeguard, and yes folks, he is small but he is a great swimmer. Drew didn't appreciate me pointing him out to her while she was swimming by him, but she is always slow to warm up to this sort of thing. He was cute and I had to convince another father there that it wasn't ok to pick him up to show his son or scare his wife.
There were other interesting animals, like this turtle that no one seemed to notice about 6 feet over from the gator.
I have hunted deer a lot in the past, but am not use to them letting walk this close. I guess they have lived in this protected area their whole lives and are use to humans.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.