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.
The District's land management strategies are designed to ensure a balance between public access, general public recreational purposes, and restoration and protection of the natural state and condition.
Whether you want to hunt or fish, hike or bike, ride a horse, or hitch a buggy, you will find an area that is right for you. Some offer parking areas and marked trails, others are so remote they can be reached only by canoe or small boat.
Due to the sensitive nature of soils and natural communities found within the river floodplain, most District tracts are managed to provide natural or "wilderness-type" experiences. Normal access is by foot, bicycle, or horse from parking areas near the entrances. Vehicle access is limited to existing road networks already in place when a tract is acquired.
Here you are your own tour guide, free to explore natural lands and waterways – including the legendary Suwannee River.
Fees for the use of District land must be approved by the Governing Board and incorporated by reference into 40B-9 (F.S.), the rule governing acquisition and management of District lands.
Fee Schedule (PDF, 6.34KB)
April 25-26, 2015 - The District will be conducting a prescribed fire on the Santa Fe River Ranch tract in northwest Alachua County. For the safety of recreational users, public access to burn areas will be closed during burning operations. Contact Scott Gregor, Natural Resource Specialist at 386.362.8130 for additional information.Road ClosureThe L. A. Bennett (South Canal) Road in the Steinhatchee Springs tract in southern Lafayette County will be closed to all traffic on April 29, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The District will be repairing the bridge over the Steinhatchee River. For more information contact Edwin McCook, Land Management Specialist 386.647.3106 or by email EJM@srwmd.org.