You can search the Florida coast up or down but you won’t find more reliable saltwater fishing than what exists between Cedar Key and Steinhatchee. That’s the Dixie coastline and Suwannee Sound. Expect to catch redfish, cobia, sea trout, offshore grouper and more. Marinas can put you and your boat on the water or professional guides await your call.

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

Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve

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

Location: Dixie, Jefferson, Levy, Taylor,and Wakulla Counties
Acreage: 984,325 acres of sovereign submerged lands

The Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve epitomizes the Florida estuarine system and is the largest aquatic preserve and one of the most pristine places in Florida. 

Provides habitat to a wide variety of sea and shore birds including a large nesting colony of frigate birds on Seahorse Key.

As Florida’s largest aquatic preserve and the sparse development along its shores, Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve has a wealth of recreational opportunities, including swimming, wildlife viewing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, scalloping and fishing. There are several state parks, national wildlife refuges and two paddling trails.

Originally posted 2012-09-23 21:20:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Lock Shingle Creek Paddling Trail

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

High resolution, downloadable pdf versions are available by clicking on the image. The pdf versions are can be enlarged, using the zoom feature, to make details easier to read.

Originally posted 2012-09-22 02:10:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Gopher River Paddle Trail

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

High resolution, downloadable pdf versions are available by clicking on the image. The pdf versions are can be enlarged, using the zoom feature, to make details easier to read.

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

I Wish I Were In Dixie

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


You can search the Florida coast up or down but you won’t find more reliable saltwater fishing than what exists between Cedar Key and Steinhatchee. That’s the Dixie coastline and Suwannee Sound. Expect to catch redfish, cobia, sea trout, offshore grouper and more. Marinas can put you and your boat on the water or professional guides await your call.

Originally posted 2012-09-19 23:48:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter