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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:

January 18, 2019 - 
The Public Camping Area at Goose Pasture Campground Park will be closed until further notice due to wet conditions and vandalism.  The Group Camping Areas A & B are open.  The Group Areas requires a reservation and a group of six campers or more.  The boat launch and the picnic areas are open for day use.  For information call the District office 386.362.1001 or email - recreation@srwmd.org.  

September 9, 2018 - The Mallory Swamp ATV is now closed and will reopen in April after Spring Turkey Season.

July 24, 2018 - The Ellaville Tract Trailwalker Trail, trailhead, and public access on the south side of Highway 90 near the Suwannee River in Madison County is closed due to timber harvesting operations until further notice.

April 24, 2018 - The Bay Creek tract has been closed to vehicles until further notice due to extreme wet conditions.

August 17, 2017 -
The boardwalk at Pot Springs on the Withlacoochee tract in Hamilton County is closed for renovations.