A Closer Look at Cross City’s Historic Putnam Lodge

Here’s some history of the Putnam Lodge: Putnam Lodge, built in 1927-28 by the Putnam Lumber Company, is part of a bygone era in Florida’s forestry history. Here, beside the old Dixie Highway, Putnam Lodge, part of the “company town” of Shamrock, accommodated tourists, transients and company executives and clients. The lobby and the dining …

Fish Suwannee Town and the Mouth of the Suwannee River

The Suwannee River is the second largest river in Florida, flowing from Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp to the Gulf of Mexico.  At the Gulf, the river serves as the boundary between Levy and Dixie counties, on Florida’s Big Bend.  This part of our Nature Coast is secluded, and therefore offers some excellent angling without the hustle …

Come to Steinhatchee For Some Great Paddling–and Fishing!

We’ve come full circle.  Now, modern interpretations of eons-old paddle craft are the latest rage when it comes to fishing.  Many are as simple as rafts and others, like Hobie’s Master Angler 12, are fitted with modern conveniences like cozy seats, pedal or electric drives, depth sounders, and even live wells.   But no matter your …

Fish Shired Island, near Horseshoe Beach in Dixie County, Florida

I always thought Horseshoe Beach was an out-of-the-way and rather desolate spot to begin a fishing trip—until I discovered Shired Island.  Located about 5 miles south of Horseshoe Beach at the southern end of Horseshoe Cove, mile-long Shired Island is likely an ancient kitchen midden composed of discarded shells.  Prehistoric Americans no doubt found plenty …

Don’t Have A Fishing Boat Or A Kayak? Rent One!

Not everyone’s lucky (or unlucky!) enough to own their own fishing boat or kayak.  However, renting is an option at several ports in Natural North Florida.  Whether you fish, scallop or just want to go for a boat ride, renting may be right for you.  It’s always nice to return to the dock and simply …

Consider a Fishing Vacation at Horseshoe, Florida’s Last Frontier

If you’re looking for a laid-back, peaceful vacation spot, consider Horseshoe Beach, on Florida’s Big Bend.  Located between Steinhatchee and the town of Suwannee, Horseshoe Beach considers itself “Florida’s Last Frontier”.  But don’t worry about the lack of something to do–especially if you fish! The waters near Horseshoe Beach are uncrowded and the fish are …

Head Down Dixie County’s ‘Road to Nowhere’ For Some Excellent Paddling

Dixie County’s ‘Road to Nowhere’ is the southern extension of CR361 that runs from Casey’s Corner in Jena (just across the river from Steinhatchee) and dead ends about 12 miles south, inshore of the Pepperfish Keys.  If you’re traveling from the south, come to Jena via CR358 from US19/98 and bear left onto CR361 when …

Take a Trip to Horseshoe Beach…and Fish Florida’s Last Frontier

From Capt. Tommy Thompson’s Saltwater Angler’s Guide to Florida’s Big Bend and Emerald Coast (UPF 2009): “Horseshoe Beach has no beach, unless you count the twenty-foot strip of white sand next to the county boat ramp.  You will find horseshoe crabs there. A small commercial fishing village, Horseshoe Beach is located on a small spit …