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.
What to Expect
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.
What Visitors Should Know
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.
View the ArcGIS Online Map of District Recreation.
The District is working diligently to open District lands in the wake of Hurricane Idalia. Other District tracts remain closed until cleanup efforts are completed. Please refer to the list below for tracts that are now re-opened to the public. Additional District Tracts Open Following Hurricane IdaliaRead On...
The Suwannee River Water Management District on Monday, August 28, announced the closure of all District lands at sunset due to Tropical Storm Idalia. TS Idalia is expected to intensify and become Hurricane Idalia before landfall on Tuesday night. District Land ClosuresRead On...