Come discover the natural beauty of Dixie County. Visitors come here to enjoy hunting, fishing, boating, scuba diving, bicycling, and horseback riding. Many return year after year to visit salty Jena, stroll through Cross City, fish from Horseshoe Beach, relax in shady Old Town or enjoy the waterfront village of Suwannee where the great river meets the Gulf.

Gopher River Paddle Trail

Posted in Maps, Paddling Trails, Suwannee on April 3rd, 2013

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Originally posted 2012-09-23 11:01:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Jena Unit – Big Bend Wildlife Mgmt. Area

Posted in Gulf Coast on April 3rd, 2013

The Jena Unit of the big Bend Wildlife Managenment Area is a nice side trip when you’re in the Jena/Steinhatchee area. Its one of the units of over 5 million acres managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as Wildlife Management Areas for both recreational and conservation purposes.

The area is part of the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail. Check it out at http://myfwc.com/viewing/recreation/wmas/lead/big-bend/paddling-trail/

One of the most interesting aspects of this trip is the variations of eco-systems. you’re already down far enough to be out of the Oak Hammock that occupies most of Dixie County so when you arrive at the entrance you’ll be in pretty much pine forests and driving through some beautiful tall stands of pine trees.

When you get closer to the marshes that border this region of the Gulf of Mexico the tall pines open up and you go into more of what’s called in Florida, “Scrub”, with a few pines here and there. Great habitat for the elusive and rare Scrub Jay. Finally you’ll break out into the mysterious and ever changing salt marsh flats.

Originally posted 2012-09-21 22:50:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Shell Mound-Hog Island Paddle Trail

Posted in Gulf Coast, Maps, Paddling Trails on April 3rd, 2013

   

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Originally posted 2012-09-24 11:25:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sanders Creek Paddling Trail

Posted in Gulf Coast, Maps, Paddling Trails on April 3rd, 2013

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Originally posted 2012-09-23 10:50:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Lower Suwannee National Refuge Hunting

Posted in Hunting on April 3rd, 2013

Hunting of big game, small game, and waterfowl is permitted during designated seasons. White-tail deer, Osceola turkeys, and feral hogs are the most sought-after species. Hunting license and state required stamps (not WMA stamps) are required in accordance with State regulations. All hunts are free, but you must possess a free Refuge Hunt Brochure. It may be printed from this website (use the magnifying glass to enlarge the print, then Print View), or you may email the Refuge at  lowersuwannee@fws.gov, or call 352/493-0238, ext. 223 for your free brochure/permit.

Originally posted 2012-09-23 22:39:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter