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Lower Suwannee/Santa Fe

Boasting numerous clear springs, the lower Suwannee River flows deep and wide along high stately banks to the Gulf of Mexico. Paddlers can take advantage of numerous river hubs and river camps along this Cadillac of paddling trails.

Florida Cities: Gainesville, High Springs, Interlachen, Cross City, Fort White, Waldo

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4 Locations in Lower Suwannee/Santa Fe
LocationRatingViewsPostsUpdated
Potano Paddling Trail-3306012/12/2008
Prarie Creek Trailrating205415/25/2015
Santa Fe Lake Corridor-2002012/10/2008
Santa Fe Riverrating577159/24/2016


This is Segment 28, Region M. Boasting numerous clear springs, the lower Suwannee River flows deep and wide along high stately banks to the Gulf of Mexico. Paddlers can take advantage of numerous river "hubs" and river camps along this Cadillac of paddling trails. For more springs and scenic bends, check out the 26-mile Santa Fe River Paddling Trail.

The new Potano Paddling Trail system near Gainesville is also worthy of exploration. A major feature is Newnan's Lake, site of the largest find of early Native American dugout canoes in North America during a year 2000 drought. The lake was likely a manufacturing and trading spot for dugout canoes, being strategically located near the center of the state and accessible via small watercourses to the Ocklawaha River, which, in turn, connected to the larger St. Johns River. Large forests of virgin pine and cypress adjacent to the lake provided an ample supply of logs.

Lower Suwannee (70 miles)

Santa Fe River Paddling Trail (26 miles)


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