Boating ops are wherever you turn in Dixie. After all, the county is bordered on three sides by water! Excellent marina facilities are available at the Suwannee River, Suwannee at the Gulf, Horseshoe Beach and at Gulf-front Steinhatchee. Enjoy Dixie waters but please be careful, watch out for manatees, for canoeists and fellow boaters.

Log Landing WMA

Posted in Hunting on April 3rd, 2013

Covering 5,048  acres Log Landing WMA is available for deer, hog, turkey, and small game hunting. Log Landing is part of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Wildlife Management Area (WMA) program.

For more information about WMAs, contact the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at 386.758.0525 to request its annual hunting handbook or stop by your local tax collector’s office to pick up a copy. 

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Originally posted 2012-09-23 22:32:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Jena Unit – Big Bend Wildlife Mgmt. Area

Posted in Gulf Coast on April 3rd, 2013

The Jena Unit of the big Bend Wildlife Managenment Area is a nice side trip when you’re in the Jena/Steinhatchee area. Its one of the units of over 5 million acres managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as Wildlife Management Areas for both recreational and conservation purposes.

The area is part of the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail. Check it out at http://myfwc.com/viewing/recreation/wmas/lead/big-bend/paddling-trail/

One of the most interesting aspects of this trip is the variations of eco-systems. you’re already down far enough to be out of the Oak Hammock that occupies most of Dixie County so when you arrive at the entrance you’ll be in pretty much pine forests and driving through some beautiful tall stands of pine trees.

When you get closer to the marshes that border this region of the Gulf of Mexico the tall pines open up and you go into more of what’s called in Florida, “Scrub”, with a few pines here and there. Great habitat for the elusive and rare Scrub Jay. Finally you’ll break out into the mysterious and ever changing salt marsh flats.

Originally posted 2012-09-21 22:50:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Shell Mound & Long Cabbage Island Paddle

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

   

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Originally posted 2012-09-24 11:30:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Drive Tour

Posted in Tours on April 3rd, 2013

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Originally posted 2012-09-23 21:00:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Shired Island

Posted in Gulf Coast on April 3rd, 2013

Part of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, the Shired Island Boat Ramp & Trail provide access to the Gulf, shoreline fishing, and a short trail to a 7,000 year-old archaeology site. You’ll want to bring your camera.

For anglers without vessels, the ample sea wall provides plenty of shore-fishing opportunities. There are no nearby stores or tackle shops, so come prepared.

After enjoying the walk out to the point, you’ll see millions and millions of sun-bleached shells. Ancient cultures of fishing people discarded their meal debris (oysters, clams, scallops, fish bones, etc) where they ate. Millennia of this accumulation gave height to the island that was once merely a mudflat at the edge of the Gulf.

Please, stay on the beach and leave the island interior to the wildlife. Enjoy a day of discovery at your National Wildlife Refuge.

Originally posted 2012-09-21 22:45:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter