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Suwannee River Watershed

The Suwannee River is one of the most famous rivers in the southeast. From its origins in the Okefenokee Swamp to the river's end along the marshes of the Gulf of Mexico, this great river is one of the last remaining unspoiled waterways in the United States.

But a river is does not stand alone. Through a network of a network of springs, creeks, and underground aquifers, the Suwannee River Watershed drains an area over 11 thousand square miles straddling Georgia and Florida.

Georgia Outdoors explores the natural diversity of, and some recreational opportunities throughout, the Suwannee River Watershed.

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Suwannnee River Wilderness Trail
Visitors can begin their adventure on the 170-mile Suwannee River Wilderness Trail in White Springs, Florida. It is a slow and lazy current make it an ideal setting for picnics and leisurely paddling outings.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1936 to preserve the 438,000 acre Okefenokee Swamp. The swamp remains one of the oldest and most well preserved freshwater areas in America. The Okefenokee is the headwaters for the Suwanee River.

Stephen C Foster State Park
Named after songwriter Stephen Foster, this remote park is a primary entrance to the famed Okefenokee Swamp and is one of the most intriguing areas in Georgia.

The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge
The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge is a 53,000 acre wildlife refuge established in 1979 to protect one of the largest undeveloped river delta systems in the United States. It includes twenty miles of the Suwannee River estuary and twenty miles of coastline.

Suwannee River State Park
Located where the Withlacoochee River joins the Suwannee River on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Vestiges of history in the park show how important the Suwannee River was to Florida history. Other activities include fishing, picnicking, and canoeing.

Manatee Springs State Park

Over 100 million gallons of water gush forth daily at Manatee Springs. In winter, manatees swim upriver to spend the night in the warm waters of the headspring. Popular for snorkeling and scuba diving, the headwaters of the spring are also a great spot for swimming. The spring run forms a sparkling stream that meanders through hardwood wetlands to the Suwannee River.

Rivers Alive
When you get involved in Rivers Alive, Georgia's Annual Volunteer Waterway Cleanup, you are taking the first step in following Rivers Alive's mission and directly protecting Georgia's 70,150 miles of streams and rivers.

Okefenokee Adventures
Okefenokee Adventures, nestled on the bank of the historic Suwannee Canal, is your embarking point into the Okefenokee Swamp. We have everything you need to make your exploration of the swamp comfortable and enjoyable.