Highlights Of Your Paddling Adventure On Florida’s Mighty Suwannee River

Our Natural North Florida region is blessed to have the Suwannee River as its main freshwater attraction. Yes, we have no crowded beaches or amusement park, but we have Florida’s longest free flowing river. There are no dams and just a few obstructions along its path from White Springs to the Gulf of Mexico.

While the Suwannee River forms up in Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp, it’s essentially navigable from White Springs, near Jasper in Hamilton County, southward. Motor boats can access most of the river up to Big Shoals, depending on water levels. However, paddling this river,in its entirety or just in segments, can be the “trip of a lifetime”. In your paddlecraft, canoe or kayak, you’ll get to explore the many natural wonders of one of America’s best rivers.

Little River Spring. in Suwannee County, is one of the over 200 springs in the Suwannee River Basin and watershed.
Dowling Park River Camp is just one of many stops available to paddlers along the river.

Paddlers can take advantage of the many State Parks-run and managed River Camps. Each has several screened camping platforms, modern bathrooms–and running hot and cold water! During cooler weather, space may be limited, so arrive early and be willing to share space with fellow paddlers. A call to the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail Headquarters at (386) 294-1120 will get you more information. In addition to the River Camps, there are a number of parks (state and private) and campgrounds along the river. For a good look, click HERE

There are many choices for canoe and kayak rentals along the Suwannee River. Suwannee Canoe Outpost is conveniently located at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, near Live Oak.
Suwannee Roots Revival is a large music festival, held at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park

It’s important for visitors to the river to know how important it is to take out only what you bring with you. Take only photos, and you’ll have a lifetime of memories.

Here are a few points of interest:

Royal Spring County Park

Fanning Springs State Park
Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park
Gornto Springs Park
Fishing at the mouth of the Suwannee River near the Gulf of Mexico

There’s plenty of additional information on paddling our scenic riverss and waterways HERE. Our 60+page Suwannee River Wilderness Trail Paddling Guide is available online as a PDF.

Download the Paddling Guide HERE and plan your trip!