Every mile of the Suwannee River in Dixie County offers great fishing opportunities. If trophy bass aren’t striking, probably a bait on bottom will fetch a gorgeous catfish or a cricket will bag a red belly. Some of the best freshwater fishing is among the tributary creeks of the Lower Suwannee. Try Monden and Shingle Creeks.

Shired Island

Posted in Gulf Coast on April 3rd, 2013

Part of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, the Shired Island Boat Ramp & Trail provide access to the Gulf, shoreline fishing, and a short trail to a 7,000 year-old archaeology site. You’ll want to bring your camera.

For anglers without vessels, the ample sea wall provides plenty of shore-fishing opportunities. There are no nearby stores or tackle shops, so come prepared.

After enjoying the walk out to the point, you’ll see millions and millions of sun-bleached shells. Ancient cultures of fishing people discarded their meal debris (oysters, clams, scallops, fish bones, etc) where they ate. Millennia of this accumulation gave height to the island that was once merely a mudflat at the edge of the Gulf.

Please, stay on the beach and leave the island interior to the wildlife. Enjoy a day of discovery at your National Wildlife Refuge.

Originally posted 2012-09-21 22:45:10. 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

Dixie County Historical Society

Posted in Historic Sites on April 3rd, 2013

The Dixie County Historical Society was created in February 1992.

It is located in the Dixie County Cultural Center (formally the Old Town School), and is open each Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m and the first and third Saturdays of each month.

We are located at 761 SE Hwy 349, Old Town, Florida. For more information, please feel free to stop by, contact us by phone (352) 542-0047 or via email dccc1909@gmail.com.

Originally posted 2012-09-23 14:17:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sea Kayak Day Paddles on Florida’s Hidden Coast

Posted in Paddling Trails on April 3rd, 2013

Pure Water Wilderness is proud to offer this FREE download of Sea Kayak Day Paddles on Florida’s Hidden Coast.

Every sea kayaker should have one!16 fantastic paddles along the Gulf Coast from Cedar Key to the Aucilla River.

Accurately mapped and includes GPS waypoints.

Download the book here
A 2.3M PDF File.


Download the GPS waypoints here
There are 16 waypoint files,
one for each trip, in a ZIP file.

Free unzipping software is here

If you don’t have it.

Don’t want to print it yourself?

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Sample Page Directly From Book

Originally posted 2012-09-21 22:58:01. 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