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Northwest Region
Recreation - Northwest Region

The northwest region of the District follows the district boundaries through Jefferson County and portions of both Madison and Taylor counties. The Econfina, Aucilla, and Wacissa rivers flow through the northwest region to the Gulf of Mexico.

Recreational opportunities in this region include biking, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, and wildlife viewing. The region provides excellent fishing and paddling opportunities at the numerous river access points. These river corridors provide natural flood protection and good wildlife habitat.

The northwest area is remote and wilderness-like area and access to District lands is limited due to the lack of roads and swampy areas.

District lands are numbered and circled in blue on the map above. Select one of these numbers or their corresponding links in the table below for a description and map of each tract.

  Tract Name ATV Icon Biking Icon Fishing Icon Hiking Icon Horseback Riding Icon Hunting Icon Picnicking Icon Swimming Icon Wildlife Viewing Icon
1 Natural Well Branch   X X X X       X
2 Cabbage Creek, Scanlon   X X X X X     X
3 Sneads Lake   X X X X       X
4 Duck Pond, Hartsfield       X         X
  Shelly   X   X X       X
5 Wolf Creek, Seven Bridges   X X X X       X
6 Cuba Bay   X X X X       X
7 Mt. Gilead, Lamont   X X X X X     X
8 Cabbage Grove, Jones Mill Creek   X X X X X   X
9 Goose Pasture   X X X X X X   X
10 Ward Island       X         X
  Mandalay   X   X   X     X

IMPORTANT NOTICES:

November 7, 2016 - CAUTION: Due to extreme drought conditions please use caution during all outdoor activities.  Sparks from vehicles, cigarettes, equipment and vehicle exhaust systems parked on grass can start a wildfire.  REPORT ALL FIRES TO 9-1-1.

November 1, 2016 –  Goose Pasture Campground and Goose Pasture Group Camp will close on November 5, 2016 during hunting season.  They will reopen on January 23, 2017.  For information contact Edwin McCook 386-647-3106 or recreation@srwmd.org.

January 21, 2016 - Road 55-4 in the Steinhatchee Springs tract located on the west side of SR 51 has been closed to vehicles due to extreme wet conditions.