Warmer Water and Air Temperatures Drive Snook North Into Florida’s Nature Coast

Snook are one of Florida’s most popular gamefish Traditionally, in years past, West Florida’s snook population remained south of our Natural North Florida waters.  That was largely due to cold winters, which either run snook into warm residential canals on the upper suncoast, or kill them outright.  However, winters over the last ten or twelve …

Natural North Florida Overcomes Hurricane Hermine

Hurricane Hermine comes ashore on Florida’s Big Bend, September 1, 2016 with minimal hurricane force winds. We’re a tough, resilient bunch in Natural North Florida.  When Hurricane Hermine hit just east of St. Marks in Wakulla and Jefferson counties on September 1, 2016 it had been a full decade since we’d had a similar event.  …

Our Seagrasses, And What They Mean To Big Bend Anglers (And Snorkelers!)

The largest natural preserve, our Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve is huge–almost a million square acres.  And it’s a big part of the reason that our Gulf coastal fishery is so good.  It stretches from Waccasass Bay in Levy County to St. Marks in Wakulla County and serves as a nursery for small bait fish, …

“Mainline”: The Back Roads of Dixie County, Florida

Originally cleared years ago as logging roads in rural Dixie County, the Dixie Mainline and the Bowlegs Mainline are still a functional, albeit sometimes rough, set of roads. Now they shortcut  the long travel between Steinhatchee and Horseshoe Beach and Horseshoe Beach and Suwannee.  And they cross some beautiful backwaters and forests. For many years, …

Take a Relaxing Fishing Vacation in Suwannee

If you’re a fisherman, pack your bags.  Pack your rods and reels.  Get the boat out of the garage and head out Hwy349 from US19/98 to the end of the road, and the town of Suwannee, Florida!  There are places to eat in Suwannee.  There are rental condos and homes (Suwannee Vacation Rentals).  There is …

Take a Houseboat Trip on Florida’s Mighty Suwannee River

One of Natural North Florida’s truly great adventures begins at Gateway Marina in the village of Suwannee, at the mouth of the mighty Suwannee River.  The river begins some 260 miles north, in the Okeefenokee Swamp of south Georgia, and is navigable about 70 miles from its southern end, at the Gulf of Mexico. Gateway’s …

Don’t Miss Suwannee’s Independence Day Celebration, July 2, 2016

Suwannee’s Annual Independence Day Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, July 2.  There will be vendors beginning at 10AM at the vacant lot beside the Post Office, and a Golf Cart/ATV (no cars or trucks!) Parade at 4:00.  And finally–“The Best Show on the Hidden Coast”–Fireworks beginning at dark. The town of Suwannee is located at …

Experience Year-Round Fun at Suwannee River Rendezvous RV Resort and Camping Park in Mayo

If you’re interested in a first-class RV resort with easy access to the cooling waters of Florida’s Suwannee River, you can’t do much better than Frank and Susie Page’s Suwannee River Rendezvous, near Mayo in Lafayette County.  Lafayette County is located in North Central Florida, just east of Taylor County and Perry.  The main route …

Mark Your Calendars–2016 Hidden Coast Paddling Adventure, Suwannee Florida, 9/29-10/2

Now’s the time to mark your calendar for the 2016 Hidden Coast Paddling Adventure.  This year’s event will be at Suwannee, Florida on the Suwannee River, and promises to be more fun than ever before.  And, with the event falling on the last week of September, the air should be cooler–but not so cool to …

A Taste of “Old Florida”: Bill’s Fish Camp at Suwannee

There are very few real “fish camps” left in Florida.  Of those that disappeared, many were sold and their valuable (and strategically placed) real estate swallowed up by developers to build pricey condos and vacation homes.  Some of that happened at Suwannee, Steinhatchee, Yankeetown and Cedar Key, but there are a few left.  On our …