Dixie County is located between Tampa and Tallahassee on U.S. 19. The Gulf of Mexico, Dixie’s western border, provides a natural sanctuary for the harvesting of seafood. Dixie’s eastern, southern, and northern borders are the Suwannee and Steinhatchee Rivers which offer excellent water activities and empty into the Gulf of Mexico at quaint fishing villages.

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

City of Hawkinsville Stern and Engine

Posted in Historic Sites, SCUBA, Suwannee on April 3rd, 2013

Originally posted 2012-09-23 11:34:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Suwannee

Posted in Gulf Coast on April 3rd, 2013

Secluded at the heart of the beautiful and wild Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, this unique small community overlooks the river, salt and fresh water creeks and man-made canals. Experience nature at its untouched best while enjoying our waterfront accommodation, great seafood or down-home restaurants, marinas and expert fishing guides.

An unparalleled area of diverse natural environments, the wild and scenic estuary forms a natural blending zone for its marine and freshwater habitats and a division between the temperate and neo-tropical regions of the Gulf coast. The river mouth opens to a scenic vista of tidal marshes dotted with small coastal islands, an area of shallow waters or “flats” and oyster bars teaming with fish. Natural salt marches and tidal flats attract thousands of shorebirds while acting as a nursery for fish, shrimp and shellfish.

One of the largest undeveloped delta-estuarine systems in the United States, the area is protected by the 52,935-acre Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge. The refuge was established in 1979 and covers both sides of the Suwannee River upriver for almost fifteen miles and 26 miles of Gulf habitat. The overall goal of the refuge is to provide optimum conditions to manage and protect the natural heritage of the area, while giving as much public access as possible.

Originally posted 2012-09-21 22:37:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Shell Mound & Long Cabbage Island 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 11:30:25. 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