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.

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

Barnett Creek to McCormick Creek Paddle

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 2012-09-24 11:19:27. 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

Horseshoe Beach

Posted in Gulf Coast on April 3rd, 2013

Horseshoe Beach is an isolated, laid back, friendly fishing village located on the Gulf of Mexico west of Gainesville. Our city limits sign reads – Welcome to “Florida’s Last Frontier”. We are 20 miles to the closest major highway.

The Horseshoe Beach area was settled in the early 1800s. The land was owned by lumber interests until 1935, when C.C. Douglas and Burton Butler purchased the land for $324, since the lumber company was pressuring the residents to “move on”. The Butler/Douglas union made it possible for the settlers to own their occupied property. They offered each resident the lot he was living on for $10. The town was incorporated in 1963. The town now has a restaurant, full-service marina, ice cream shop, two churches, a number of comfortable rental cabins, a waterfront park, and a general store.

Originally posted 2012-09-21 22:47:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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