Dixie County itself harbors several delightful little-known springs, accessible mainly from the Suwannee River by boat. Gronto Springs, a county park and nearby, clear blue Fanning Springs, a state recreation area with full swimming and diving facilities at a bargain admission price.

Steinhatchee River

Posted in Rivers, Steinhatchee on April 3rd, 2013

This river is part of the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area – Jena Unit with more than 12,000 acres that stretch across the coast from the Steinhatchee River to Horseshoe Beach, providing a dazzling array of ecosystems and natural habitats. Of particular interest are the Steinhatchee Falls. The coastal marsh areas of the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area provide naturalists an opportunity to view a tremendous variety of wildlife, especially birds, that inhabit these unique coastal ecosystems. Exploring the coastal marshes is best done by canoe, kayak or small boat. The viewing tower at Hagens Cove is also a good spot to observe wildlife. Fishing the brackish waters of the coastal creeks rivers is another popular pastime in the region.

Originally posted 2012-09-21 22:02:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Steinhatchee

Posted in Gulf Coast on April 3rd, 2013

The city of Steinhatchee is a complacent fishing community which has retained its pristine natural surroundings and serenity for over a century. The Steinhatchee River is renowned for its surplus of trout and redfish, as the river’s uncongested waters challenge the most skilled anglers. The river also has a deep water port adequate for larger vessels and off-shore fishing excursions.

Steinhatchee combines the ambiance of the 19th century with the conveniences of the 20th. Victorian waterfront homes line the shores and footpaths and gardens sequester the surroundings. Steinhatchee is often referred to as “The Best Kept Secret in Florida.” Come find out why.

Jumping to the 1700′s, the Seminoles, Creek and other Muskogean peoples continued coming down to Florida. The English were also exploring and here again no major development was undertaken. In the 1780′s the Spanish government encouraged migration into Florida through land grants. The Seminoles gradually established a foothold in Florida — and with it a hostile environment which brought the eventual confrontation with the United States.

Originally posted 2012-09-21 22:52:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

I Wish I Were In Dixie

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


Dixie County itself harbors several delightful little-known springs, accessible mainly from the Suwannee River by boat. Gronto Springs, a county park and nearby, clear blue Fanning Springs, a state recreation area with full swimming and diving facilities at a bargain admission price.

Originally posted 2012-09-19 23:48:09. 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

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