The crystal clear waters of the 10 mile long Wakulla River rise from Wakulla Spring and is one of the few exclusively spring-fed rivers in this part of Florida. As a Florida Designated Paddling Trail, the river is highly revered by paddlers, who come to travel the cypress tree lined banks of the clear spring water for a glimpse of the abundant Wakulla River wildlife. Eagles and osprey soar over head while the turtles and alligators sun on the logs and bank. Mullet leap out of the water ahead as a manatee slowly grazes beneath you and a great blue heron fishes along the bank, a photographers paradise. Only 6 miles of the river are navigable, the northern 4 mile section is protected by Wakulla Springs State Park. Fishing is popular in the brackish water where the Wakulla River merges with the St. Marks River at the mouth of Apalachee Bay.