The Suwannee River flows thru south Georgia and north Florida and ends in the Gulf of Mexico. It's origin is near the Okefenokee swamp in south Georgia.
Suwannee River, everyone has heard of it due to the historical song by Steven Foster, but few really know anything else about it. It starts in southern Georgia at the Okefenokee swamp and meanders its way some two hundred and sixty six miles thru Florida to the Gulf of Mexico, gaining in size along the way due to two major tributary rivers, the Santa Fe and Withlacoochee, along with some two hundred and twenty crystal clear springs. Some are under the river and will only be seen by divers and artifact hunters, but the really big ones you can drive your boat into. Some able to hold a hundred boats, like a big crystal clear swimming pool where young and old play together. Pontoon boats with their bar-b-q grills going, go fast. Boat clubs from all over Florida and Georgia will be there, especially on major weekends. and all the local colorful characters. The Suwannee offers about one hundred miles of good boating and the Santa Fe about another ten to the Ichetucknee river. If you are a sportsman, naturalist, want a good investment or just want a place to get away from it all, you'll love it here.
The Suwannee River is a federally designated wild river. It is the only major waterway in the southeastern United States that is still unspoiled. The Suwannee flows from the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. It winds for almost 266 miles through swamps, high limestone banks, hammocks of hardwood, and salt marshes. It also has fifty-five springs along the way. The river’s limestone outcroppings and a drop in elevation create Florida’s only whitewater rapids at Little Shoals and Big Shoals located several miles upstream from the city of White Springs.
The Suwannee has good fishing. It even has a special type of bass named after the river.
Dixie Nut House (Fishing Bait and Tackle)
352-542-1335, Highway 19, Old Town, FL 32680
River Haven Marina
352-498-0709, 1110 Riverside Dr, Old Town, FL 32680
Total Marine Services
Located 54.5 miles up the Suwannee River from the Gulf of Mexico in Old Town, Florida. Full service Marine repair shop. Servicing all makes and models of Outboards, Sterndrives, inboards, and jets. Business hours are 9:00 to 6:00 Mon. thru Fri.But will open for emergencies any time. Also, we offer towing and salvage. call and ask for Bobby 352-542-8965
At low/normal water levels, the upper sections of the Suwannee offer abundant natural camp sites on sandbars. At high water the upper section may be difficult for camping due to the lack of dry land. There are some designated campsites on high ground, but they have no amenities and are serviced by roads. Much of the land along the river is publicly owned, so it is permitted to camp up in the woods. There are some private campgrounds along the river with varying amenities.
Steinhatchee Outpost (Trailer Parks & Campsites)
352-498-5192, Highway 19, Old Town, FL 32680
Daves RV Service and Repair
352-498-9494, Highway 19, Cross City, FL 32628
Poor Boys RV Campground
352-498-0490, Highway 19, Cross City, FL 32628
Suwanee River Hideaway Campground Inc
352-542-7800, Highway 346 A, Old Town, FL 32680
Millers Marine Campground
352-542-7349, S Highway 349, Old Town, FL 32680
The Original Suwannee River Campground
352-542-7680, US 19 Alt 27, Old Town, FL 32680
Local Area Businesses
The Suwannee River became familiar to the world by Stephen Foster's song, "Old Folks at Home" ("Way down upon the Swannee River"). Near the town of White Springs, you will find, right on the river, the Stephen C. Foster State Folk Cultural Center. Dock your boat and walk up to see the exhibits of the history of this American composer, along with other exhibits of local interest. This is a truly fascinating and unique park, though we're told that Mr. Foster never actually visited the Suwannee River. The middle and lower sections of the Suwannee are famous for the many springs that flow into the river from its bed or the nearby rock formations. Many of these have substantial volume, and contribute noticeably to the river's flow. Wildlife is abundant, and different from what you might find further north.
White Springs, on the banks of the Suwannee River captures the charm and grace of Florida's Riverboat era (1870-1910). Just three miles east of I-75 (Exit 439) on State Road 136 or 4 miles north of I-10 (Exit 301) in North Central Florida. White Springs is the focal point for Nature and Heritage Tourism, hiking, biking, canoeing/kayaking, and camping.
Suwannee Forest Hills Park Community Center
352-542-3395, Teriko Dr, Old Town, FL 32680
Chiefland Golf and Country Club
352-493-2375, 9650 NW 115th St, Chiefland, FL 32626-3843
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