Way Down Upon The Santa Fe River–A Suwannee River Alternative!

Spring has “sprung” and while our Natural North Florida region is largely rural, crowds flock to our rivers to boat, fish, or simply float.  The Suwannee River begins in south Georgia’s Okeefenokee Swamp and meanders downstream to the Gulf of Mexico for over 240 miles.  About 170 of those final miles are in our region …

Fun, Food and Festivities in Wonderful Wakulla County, Florida

North Florida’s Wakulla County offers a variety of events, activities and natural wonders to delight even the most discriminating visitor.  To the west, there’s the mouth of the Ochlockonee River, which winds from Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico.  There are coastal villages worth exploring, too.  The settlement at St. Marks and Panacea offers excellent …

New “User-Friendly” Dates Announced For Big Bend 2017 Recreational Bay Scallop Season

In recent years, Florida’s Recreational Bay Scallop harvest rules were fairly simple.  You could “catch” your limit of these tasty morsels from the Pasco/Hernando County line to the Mexico Beach Canal from July 1 until September 24th.  Some places were better than others with regards to the size and number of scallops available.  But now, …

How To Spend an Amazing Weekend in Wakulla County, Florida

Looking for vacation away from the noise and buzz of the city? Visit Wakulla County! There are so many great ways to spend your time in Wakulla. Here’s a quick guide on how to have a great Wakulla weekend. Wakulla Welcome Center Come on in and get acquainted! The Wakulla County Welcome Center in Panacea …

Your Guide to 55 Miles of Fun Along Natural North Florida’s Gilchrist Blueway

For a Natural North Florida county that has no Gulf of Mexico coastline, Gilchrist County sure has lots of waterfront!  In fact, few of our area’s coastal counties have shoreline to match Gilchrist’s 55 miles along the Suwannee, Santa Fe and Ichetucknee rivers.  The Suwannee River begins several hundred miles from the Gulf in Georgia’s …

“Loopers” Welcome at Steinhatchee’s Sea Hag Marina

I’ve had to explain the term “Looper” to lots of folks lately.  And when I do, they’re often amazed at the feat these travelers accomplish.  Here’s concise definition (Albeit from Wikipedia, sometimes an unreliable source!) that often cite: “The Great Loop is the continuous waterway that encompasses the eastern portion of North America including the …

Florida’s Big Bend “Trout Drought” is Over and The “Bite is On”!

The spring and summer of 2016 were not great for anglers targeting spotted sea trout.  Lots of theories persist, but the “trout drought” is over and the fishing’s really improved since late October. If you believe in sources like the Old Farmer’s Almanac, we’re going to have a cold winter. After all, they’ve been in …

North Central Florida’s Newest Sporting Destination–Bass Pro Shops, Gainesville

Bass Pro Shops is more than an outdoor retail store.  It’s a destination!  The average visitor spends about 2 hours walking the aisles and experiencing the great outdoors–INDOORS! Florida’s 11th Bass Pro Shops store opened recently in Gainesville, just off Archer Road west of the intersection of I-75.  It’s planned as the anchor store of …

Explore Cedar Key–Cedar Key Boat Rentals & Island Tours

Cedar Key is the town–the Cedar Keys is the place. This group of small islands, joined by causeways, forms a peninsula about 25 miles from US19/98 in southern Levy County. Historically, Cedar Key was a shipping center for fish, timber and wood products, including pencils made from local cedar trees.   Jutting well into to the …