Paddle Florida’s Big Bend Coastline At The 2017 Hidden Coast Paddling Adventure, October 11-14

BY Tommy Thompson | Aug 11, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

If you’re an avid paddler, consider joining 99 others at the 2017 Hidden Coast Paddling Adventure.  This year’s 4 day trip will depart the Steinhatchee River and head south to Yankeetown, on the scenic Withlacoochee River.  On the trip, you’ll see wildlife and “Natural North Florida” at places like Horseshoe Beach, Suwannee, and Cedar Key.  […]

2017 Bay Scalloping On Florida’s Nature Coast–An Abundance of Tasty Bivalves!

BY Tommy Thompson | Jul 04, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

It’s July, and Natural North Florida’s 2017 recreational bay scallop harvest is off to a roaring start.  The harvest began on June 16 for the waters from Suwannee (in Dixie County) to the Fenholloway River (in Taylor County) and ends on September 10.  The remainder of Taylor County, all of Levy County, Jefferson and Wakulla […]

Three Natural North Florida Springs–Free For All!

BY Tommy Thompson | Jun 26, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

Some of the best things in our Natural North Florida region are free, and that’s especially true when it comes to three of our smaller springs.  While we have the largest concentration of first and second magnitude freshwater springs in the world, these county-maintained “swimming holes” in Jefferson, Columbia and Alachua counties are fun–and FREE! […]

Natural North Florida Paddling Guides and Outfitters

BY Tommy Thompson | Jun 17, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

Paddling kayaks and canoes on Natural North Florida’s Gulf coast, its rivers and its springs can be the highlight of your visit.  In our 14 county region, we have several rivers, including the mighty Suwannee, as well as the largest concentration of first-magnitude springs in the world.  And if those places don’t get you excited, […]

Rent a Boat At Steinhatchee For 2017 Recreational Scallop Season

BY Tommy Thompson | Jun 14, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

Florida’s 2017 recreational bay scallop harvest begins on June 16 and lasts until September 10 in Taylor County Gulf waters, including Steinhatchee.  While there are other Big Bend/Natural North Florida ports that offer access to scalloping grounds, it’s Steinhatchee that’s truly worked hard to make the experience a great one for everyone. One advantage that […]

It’s Not Too Late To Prepare For the Big Bend’s 2017 Scallop Harvest

BY Tommy Thompson | May 13, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

It’s June and there’s just another month until the fun begins! New dates apply for the 2017 Florida Recreational Bay Scallop Harvest, particularly in all of Dixie County and part of Taylor County.  Those two counties are the nexus of the harvest on our Natural North Florida Gulf coast. “The 2017 bay scallop season for […]

Launch Your Kayak and Go Fishing in Natural North Florida’s Dixie County Gulf Waters

BY Tommy Thompson | May 12, 2017 | Fishing and Boating

Natural North Florida’s Dixie County Coastline is undeveloped and offers excellent angling opportunities in the shallow coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  It’s particularly of interest to paddlers, whether from kayaks or canoes.  The county’s coastal waters stretch from Suwannee to Jena/Steinhatchee and there are several spots that are regularly used by paddlers to […]

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

BY Tommy Thompson | May 12, 2017 | Fishing and Boating

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 […]

Second To Only The MIghty Suwannee River–Natural North Florida’s “Minor” Rivers

BY Tommy Thompson | Mar 30, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

It’s tough when you have to say that some of our Natural North Florida Rivers are “minor”, but the 240-mile-long Suwannee River is hard to keep out of first place.  It’s long, it’s free-flowing with no dams or obstructions, and it’s beautiful.  But there are others in our region that are smaller, but no less […]

Fishing Natural North Florida? Great Resources Abound for Fresh and Salt Water Anglers!

BY Tommy Thompson | Mar 24, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

With the longest stretch of unsettled saltwater coastline in the continental United States, one of the longest unobstructed rivers in the U.S. and the largest concentration of first magnitude springs and spring-fed streams, our 14-county Natural North Florida region holds unbelievable fishing resources. Our Gulf Coast stretches from Panacea, in Wakulla County, to Yankeetown, in […]

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