Paddling the Weeki Watchee - need advise!

Going to be in the area over Christmas and would like to take the family kayaking on the Weeki Watchee. I see a couple of places online offering rentals, but not being familiar with the area I have no clue who to use.

What is the best place to rent kayaks from? Thanks!

Probably from the concession in the State Park
If you rent off site you have to reserve a spot to launch anyway
Unless you do as I did and launch from Rogers Park and go upstream
Not recommended. There are hordes of downstream paddlers
You aren’t renting performance craft

Just floating and enjoying the scenery and the clear water

I agree that renting at the head spring is about the easiest and best for a downstream paddle. I’d suggest going on a weekday, it’s a very popular run on weekends.
Launching at Rodgers park and going up and back is the way we like to do it, but one needs to get there early in the morning to be assured of getting a parking spot.

Thanks for the advise! I appreciate it.

Going on a weekday is not an option. Unfortunately, Saturday the 23rd is the only day I have free.