Natural North Florida’s Gilchrist Blue Springs is Now Florida’s Newest State Park, 11/1/17

Florida now has 175 State Parks, and everyone’s excited that the transition from private to public for Gilchrist Blue Springs is now  a “done deal”.  The property, which contains six natural springs and includes approximately one mile of frontage along the Santa Fe River, has been providing recreational opportunities as a private park since 1958. …

Jump In At These Gilchrist County Springs!

Gilchrist County has many spring-related parks along both the Suwannee and Santa Fe Rivers.  Ginnie Springs Park, near High Springs off CR340 is private, with lots of Santa Fe River shoreline and several springs.  It’s busy, but well organized and is a destination appreciated by the “younger” crowd.  Blue Springs Park, just up the road …

Visit Springs Along The Santa Fe River in Columbia, Gilchrist and Alachua County

The Santa Fe River traverses several counties in the Natural North Florida region.  It begins upstream of the town of  Worthington Springs in southern Union County, and eventually flows into the mighty Suwannee River at Three Rivers Estates.  The river flows downstream to O’Leno State Park in Columbia County  where it drops into the Karst …

Take a Lazy Paddle on Natural North Florida’s Springs, Lakes, Rivers or Gulf Coast

On our vast network of springs, lakes, rivers and Gulf of Mexico coastline, paddling a kayak or canoe is an excellent way to slowly take in the sights and sounds of Natural North Florida. Whether you intend to putter around the spring run at Blue Springs in Gilchrist County or take 10 days to paddle …

A Few Changes at Florida’s Ichetucknee State Park in Columbia County

Florida’s Ichetucknee State Park is a favorite of locals, as well as visitors to the State.  The head spring feeds the river with clean, clear water and pushes rafters, tubers and paddlers downstream for an unequaled view of one of Florida’s most pristine natural areas. For the 2016 “season”, beginning in late May, there have …

The Mackerel Are Coming! The Mackerel Are Coming!

    Word is that the pods of bait fish that both Spanish and king mackerel love and follow are now north of Tampa Bay and heading towards our Big Bend/Natural North Florida waters.  That means, that by the middle of March, the “bite” should be hot and heavy at places like Seahorse Reef at …

Springtime Fish Species Showing Up At Cedar Key–En Masse!

According to local Cedar Key guide, Capt. Jimbo Keith, Spanish mackerel, cobia and tarpon are making an early appearance at Cedar Key.  Jimbo fishes from Cedar Key’s downtown boat basin, but many of the areas he’s finding fish can easily be accessed from Suwannee, Shell Mound, or the public boat ramp up the Waccasassa River.  …