Prior to the Civil War, the village of Bayport was a supply and cotton port. By 1863 the East Gulf Blockade Squadron closed most of the ports along the Gulf Coast so small rivers, like the Weeki Wachee, became important trade routes. Shipping at Bayport attracted the attention of The Union Blockade Squadron which intercepted eleven blockade runners near there between 1862 and 1865. Today, Bayport is a haven for experienced fishermen. Due to its rocky sea floors and shallow marshes, it can be dangerous for leisurely boating or new fishermen who have never encountered a gator.