Fish for large-mouth bass on the wide Suwannee River or winding fresh-water creeks, for redfish and trout in the rich grass beds at the mouth of the river, or for grouper, Spanish mackerel, or a host of other species on miles of serene Gulf of Mexico waters.
Paddle through sloughs of golden sea grass in kayak or canoe, cruise a houseboat miles up the untouched Suwannee River, boat the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico with a soft breeze chasing behind, or drive, hike or bike the untamed Dixie Mainline or Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge.
Wonder at the wildlife, sometimes as close as your deck over the water. Look for raptors, such as osprey and bald eagle nesting in estuary and island trees, and water birds such as snowy egret, or the great blue heron searching for food in estuary shallows.
Rising in the Okeefenokee Swamp in south Georgia, the famous Suwannee River snakes some 260 nautical miles through 10,000 sq. miles south of Georgia and north Florida watershed, before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Lower Suwannee River is unique for its great diversity of natural environments which include upland scrub and oak communities, cypress swamps and flood plain hardwood forests, tidal and salt marshes, maritime islands, ocean fisheries and blending shades in-between. The estuary creeks and sloughs of the mighty river are home to manatee, turtle, alligator, sturgeon and even an occasional bottlenose dolphin, as well as over 250 species of bird. Once a thoroughfare for freight steamers from upstream Branford to coastal Cedar Key, the broad tea-colored river now basks in peaceful seclusion, the domain of nature lovers, weekend fishermen, paddlers and pleasure boaters.
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 teeming 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.
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Welcome to Suwannee, Florida, where the salt waters of the Gulf of Mexico intertwine with the spring-fed waters of the majestic Suwannee River.
Secluded at the heart of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, this unique small community overlooks the river and gulf, 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.
A Sturgeon's View of Things - a fresh look at the Suwannee River - Underwater - - -
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