Econlockhatchee River, Orlando

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Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Econlockhatchee River (Econ River for short) is an 87.7-kilometer-long (54.5 mi) north-flowing blackwater tributary of the St. Johns River. The Econ River flows through Osceola, Orange, and Seminole counties in Central Florida, just east of the Orlando Metropolitan Area (east of State Road 417). It is a designated Outstanding Florida Waters.
The origin of the river's name is not known definitively. In 1839 the spelling was recorded as “Econ-like Hatchee”. It is theorized that this represents a Muscogee name meaning “earth-mound stream”, with “econ-like” coming from ēkvnv (/iːkaná/), ‘earth, land’, and like (/léyki/), ‘sitting’, plus hvcce (/háčči/), ‘stream’.
The river flows north from its source, Lake Conlin, through the Econlockhatchee River Swamp (see below) south of State Road 528. Near the City of Oviedo, the tributary Little Econlockhatchee River joins, and the river turns east as it flows through the Little Big Econ State Forest. The Econlockhatchee joins the St. Johns River near Puzzle Lake. The river's floodplain is forested for its entire length.
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  • Absolutely magnificent place, full of scenery and life. The place is very quiet and tranquil and you feel at complete peace. Perfect for a getaway weekend after a stressful week. I also signed up for....  more »
  • I decided to go a trip with my extended family to this park and loved every bit of it. Not only are there a bunch of attractions for younger kids like slides and swings but the scenery is enough to...  more »
  • Don't see how anyone could give this river anything less than 5 stars. Absolutely beautiful, excellent wildlife viewing and photography opportunities and excellent fishing
  • This is an absolutely gorgeous river, and an excellent example of natural Florida landscape. It can be explored by kayak/canoe or by foot, at several conservation lands along the length of the river - Little Big Econ State Forest, Econ River Wilderness Area, Econlockhatchee Sandhills Conservation, and Hal Scott Regional Preserve to name a few.

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