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.

Dixie Mainline

Posted in Gulf Coast on April 3rd, 2013

The Dixie Mainline Trail parallels the coastline at the northeast edge of the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge. Once a logging access road, much of the trail was inaccessible until the U.S. Wildlife Service recently rebuilt five small bridges across the tidal creeks, opening up areas virtually untouched for a quarter of a century.

Hike, bike or slowly drive (25 mph maximum) this nine-mile trail north from the community of Suwannee. The trail passes through upland pine forest, hardwood hammock, wetlands and tidal creek environments. Expect special nature and wildlife experiences in this undisturbed environment. Watch for herons, egrets, ibis, barred owls, alligator, turtle, small mammals and a variety of plant life.

Along the trail stop at Salt Creek Lookout. Then continue enjoying the old Florida landscape and turn left at paved CR 357. Here you will find the historical Fishbone Cemetery and Fishbone Creek Overlook.The road ends near the Shired Island County Park , which is the perfect place to end the day, watching the sunset on the Gulf.

Brochures are available from the U.S. Wildlife Service with maps of the marked canoe trails and an interpretive guide to the Dixie Mainline.

Originally posted 2012-09-21 22:35:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sanders Creek Paddling Trail

Posted in Gulf Coast, Maps, Paddling Trails 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 10:50:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge

Posted in Gulf Coast on April 3rd, 2013

From the mouth of the Suwannee River, the refuge fronts 26 miles of the Gulf of Mexico. Protecting 36,000 acres of wetlands and 16,000 acres of uplands, the refuge provides ample opportunities for exploration. Located along the southern edge of the Big Bend Region of Florida’s West coast, Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge is bisected by the Suwannee River, and it offers the visitor year-round wildlife observation, hiking and photography. There are 40 miles of improved roads (primary) scattered through the refuge that are open to motorized vehicles. Bicycling is also allowed on all refuge roads. Be aware that hunting is allowed in the refuge and is intense in October and November. Pets are allowed on a leash and controlled at all times.

For information contact:
Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge
16450 NW 31st Place, Chiefland, FL 32626
(352) 493-0238

Originally posted 2012-09-21 22:20:05. 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

Parks & Boat Ramps Map

Posted in Maps on April 3rd, 2013

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Originally posted 2012-09-20 08:59:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter