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!

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

Dive Historic Wreck in the Suwannee

Posted in SCUBA on April 3rd, 2013

City of Hawkinsville Preserve – Suwannee River, Florida

by ExploreSouthernHistory.com

If you spend any time at all roaming along Florida’s famed Suwannee River, it does not take long to begin hearing stories of the City of Hawkinsville. The boat’s wreck lies in the middle of the river just above the U.S. 90 Bridge in Dixie County.

Some say the City of Hawkinsville was a Union gunboat that invaded the Suwannee River only to be sunk by Confederate fire from old Fort Fanning at Fanning Springs. Other say that she was a Confederate blockade runner, destroyed by her own captain to keep her from being captured by the U.S. Navy.

The latter story appears to confuse the boat with another wreck downstream, but the gunboat tale is nothing more than legend.

In fact, the City of Hawkinsville was a paddlewheel steamboat abandoned by her captain in 1922 during the dying days of the riverboat era in Florida. Built in 1886, the 141- foot long, 30-foot wide sternwheeler had served a remarkably long career (38 years) for a steamboat. Few could boast of service anywhere near that long and the earliest ones to ply Florida’s rivers and creeks rarely lasted longer than four or five years.

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Originally posted 2012-09-23 11:18:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sandfly Creek Paddle

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 2012-09-24 10:56:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Shired Creek Paddle 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 2012-09-22 22:02:16. 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