Come in by land or by water or by air. There are numerous county parks, private camps and nearby state parks. At Suwannee you can even rent a houseboat! Dixie County has enough features to keep even the most adventurous soul entertained for a long, long time. Visit here or settle here. Know you’re most welcome!

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

Lock Creek Paddling Trail

Posted in Maps, Suwannee on April 3rd, 2013

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Originally posted 2012-09-23 10:55:10. 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

Barnett Creek to McCormick Creek Paddle

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

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Originally posted 2012-09-24 11:19:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter