The river flows past beautiful preserved forests. Oaks, sabal palms,
and cypress can all be seen from the water. Wild turkey, bald eagles,
hawks, ospreys, wood storks, sandhill cranes, blue heron, jumping bass,
deer and even sometimes black bear have all been spotted from the river.
You can also enjoy the many Native American mounds left here along the
river, this is why it is called 'Econlockhatchee.
The river itself is a very easy paddle. One thing worth investigating beforehand would be the water levels as some parts of the river were as low as 6 inches. But the banks indicated the levels were much higher at some point. There were very little fellow kayak/canoes in the water and even less motorboats. The only place you will find motorboats in this river is maybe downstream near the St. John's. Primitive camping is an option as well within the Little Big Econ State Forest.
In the picture below I decided to walk the palm tree gangplank out over the Econ. It was scarier up there than it looks from the picture as the tree was bobbin up and down. Notice the shoreline where you can see how high the water gets to during the rainy season. In this picture the center of the river is only 18 inches deep and most of the area of the river is 8 inches deep or shallower. Sometimes this very part of the river is some five feet deeper. This changes everything, the view, paddleablity, swimming, and most importantly eliminates many nice sandy places to beach the boat and sunbathe or eat. I like it when it is nice and shallow which also keeps down the traffic and most peoples boats can't take it shallow. When Vanaboding if you wanted to run the entire length of the Econ you could park the van, rent a boat, use it for a week while camping on the banks of the river at night or in the woods where nobody would see you, then pull the boat out at the end and have taxi run you back to your van.
There are many access points including the CR 419 Bridge. From the town
of Oviedo, take CR 419 east to the northeast side of the bridge. A good
place to take the boat out of the water would be SR 46 Bridge. From the
town of Oviedo travel northeast on CR 426 to the junction of SR 46. Continue
east on SR 46 to the parking/launch area on the northwest side of the
bridge over the St. John's River. Bring plenty of food and water as there
are not really any amenities along much of this waterway. It's almost
a guaranteed great time in and on the waters of the Econlockhatchee
River in Central Florida.