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The Suwannee River Water Management District acquires lands for flood control, water quality protection, and natural resource conservation. Once these lands are brought under the District's management, they are made available for public use and enjoyment every day of the year.

Some tracts offer parking areas and marked trails, others are so remote they can be reached only by canoe or small boat. Whether you want to hunt or fish, hike or bike, ride a horse, or hitch a buggy, you will find a site that is right for you. Refer to our at-a-glance matrix for the best recreational opportunities. A special use authorization (SUA) may be required for some activities.

Here you are your own tour guide, free to explore natural lands and waterways – including the legendary Suwannee River.

What to Expect

District lands are managed to protect riverine floodplains and large wetland systems, so they are often wetter and less accessible than other public lands. Since habitat management is also an important function, visitors may encounter activities such as prescribed burning and timber harvesting.

Although the District's goal is to provide a quality recreational experience, most tracts are primitive sites and visitors should not expect to find the level of facilities commonly found at state parks.

Some tracts have minimal recreational development, which may include: a designated parking area, access to the river where possible, an information kiosk, and trails or unimproved roads that may be used for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. Only a few have complete facilities.

Visitors should be prepared for a low level of maintenance, as well as natural hazards.

Additionally, many areas are designated wildlife management areas and may be limited to use by hunters at certain times.

ArcGIS Online Map of District Recreation
IMPORTANT NOTICES:
Prescribed Fire Notices:

Prescribed fire Operations will be conducted on the following tract(s) on 2/20/2018:

1) The Woods Ferry tract in Suwannee County. Prescribed fire activities will be conducted in the north central part of the tract, both east and west of the main public road.

2) The Steinhatchee Springs WMA - Steinhatchee Springs tract in Lafayette County. Prescribed fire activities will be conducted west of County Road 357 and north of L.A. Bennett Road.


For the safety of recreational users, public access to burn areas will be closed during burning operations. Contact Scott Gregor, Natural Resource Specialist, at 386.362.8130 for additional information.