Snook Becoming A More Popular Fish Species Near Cedar Key, Florida

“Common Snook” are a sub-species of the general snook population and are found all over the state of Florida–except where it’s too cold!  And, historically, on Florida’s Gulf Coast they’ve not ranged much farther north than Tarpon Springs, in Pinellas County.  However, since 2007, waters and winters have warmed, and both the snook and the …

35th Annual Yankeetown Seafood Festival, November 19 & 20, 2016

Fall is here and Yankeetown’s famous “no-see-ums”* have succumbed to the cool weather, making a walk through the annual Seafood Festival lots of fun for the entire family.  Yankeetown is a historic town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and is the southernmost town in our Natural North Florida region. It’s located on SR40, just west of …

2016 Cedar Key Seafood Festival, October 15 and 16

The town of Cedar Key, located in western Levy County, juts into the Gulf of Mexico and has been a long-standing source of excellent seafood.  And, since the 1990’s, it’s been the epicenter of commercial clam aquaculture, recognized nation-wide.  This year, Hurricane Hermine pushed as much as 9 feet of storm surge water onto shore, …

Natural North Florida Ultimate Springs Guide Now ONLINE

Our Natural North Florida region has a greater concentration of freshwater springs than almost any area its size in the world.  Ranging from smaller springs along the Suwannee, Withlacoochee and Santa Fe Rivers to major springs bubbling up in what looks like dry land, our springs provide incredible opportunities to snorkelers, swimmers and paddlers.  And …

Two Hawk Hammock Country Circus, October 8, 2016 in Williston, Florida

Looking for some fall fun for the entire family?  Two Hawk Hammock in Williston offers more than a relaxing place to visit, stay or chill out in the country–there’s a high-flying circus planned for October 8, 2016  The circus will include shows by AscenDance (at 1 and 3:30PM), equestrian performances, dancing, food, arts & crafts, …

Fall Fishing on Natural North Florida’s Big Bend Flats

  The term, ‘flats’, means lots of things to lots of different anglers. Bonefishers love to sight fish over stretches of shin-deep, pure white sand or marl. Tarpon enthusiasts often find their prey on ‘flats’ that are six to eight feet deep, and everyone knows that redfish prefer shallows where the rough, rocky bottom holds …

Sizzlin’ Summertime Fishing at Cedar Key

The town of Cedar Key has two distinct personalities. One, it’s a fun place to visit, walk the streets, sight-see, shop in small galleries and eat at better-than-average restaurants. Second, and certainly more important to fishermen, it’s a great place to do some excellent inshore and offshore fishing, especially during the hot summer months when …

Fishing Feature: The Often Overlooked Waccasassa Bay, Levy County

  According to Dunnellon resident Buzz Phillips, who’s been fishing Waccasassa Bay his entire lifetime, the fishing’s not as good there as it was twenty or thirty years ago. That may be true, but the unspoiled waters reached by leaving the Waccasassa River are hard to beat when many other Big Bend ports are crowded …

Fishing Feature: Cedar Key’s Main Ship Channel

Cedar Key In the 1880’s, steamships plied the waters between New Orleans, Havana, and Cedar Key. Yet after the hurricane of 1896 and the depletion of the cedar trees by pencil manufacturers, Cedar Key became a sleepy fishing village on Florida’s Big Bend. But in spite of the town’s loss of commerce and population, its …

10 Wonderful Waters For Summer Heat in Natural North Florida

For folks looking to escape the summer heat, Natural North Florida provides countless opportunities to cool down with its extensive collection of springs, rivers, lakes, and coastline. Most of Florida’s 700 identified freshwater springs are located in North Florida or along the Gulf Coast, and more than 40 are open to the public. Our section …