The Suwannee River Water Management District acquires lands for flood control, water quality protection, and natural resource conservation. Once these lands are brought under the District's management, they are made available for public use and enjoyment every day of the year.
Some tracts offer parking areas and marked trails, others are so remote they can be reached only by canoe or small boat. Whether you want to hunt or fish, hike or bike, ride a horse, or hitch a buggy, you will find a site that is right for you. Refer to our at-a-glance matrix for the best recreational opportunities. A special use authorization (SUA) may be required for some activities.
Here you are your own tour guide, free to explore natural lands and waterways – including the legendary Suwannee River.
District lands are managed to protect riverine floodplains and large wetland systems, so they are often wetter and less accessible than other public lands. Since habitat management is also an important function, visitors may encounter activities such as prescribed burning and timber harvesting.
Although the District's goal is to provide a quality recreational experience, most tracts are primitive sites and visitors should not expect to find the level of facilities commonly found at state parks.
Some tracts have minimal recreational development, which may include: a designated parking area, access to the river where possible, an information kiosk, and trails or unimproved roads that may be used for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. Only a few have complete facilities.
Visitors should be prepared for a low level of maintenance, as well as natural hazards.
Additionally, many areas are designated wildlife management areas and may be limited to use by hunters at certain times.
IMPORTANT NOTICES:April 11, 2016 - Usher Landing at Manatee Springs State Park is closed due to river flooding.April 25, 2016 - The Mallory Swamp ATV trail is now open. For more information call 386-362-1001, or email - firstname.lastname@example.org.February 22, 2016 The District is conducting a timber harvest at the Mattair Springs tract in northern Suwannee County for the next three months. Visitors should use extreme caution and avoid the harvest area. For more information call 386-362-1001, or email - email@example.com.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.