Explore the Suwannee River

Image of three kayaks/canoes padding the Suwannee River at sunset

Stretching from southern Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico, the Suwannee River winds 246 miles. Bring your canoe or kayak, or rent one nearby, and spend the day exploring the two rivers that wind through this awesome park. A boat ramp is provided, in addition to numerous access points up and down the rivers.

Be sure to stop and discover one of the many springs along the riverbanks, and don’t forget a picnic to enjoy on a sandbar while immersed in the peacefulness of an “Outstanding Florida Waterway.” Enjoy the sounds of birds singing in the trees and bees lazily buzzing in the warm summer breeze in a place where everything seems to move just a little bit slower. Observe how the color of the water changes at the confluence – where the Withlacoochee River flows into the Suwannee River.

The Suwannee's flow is dependent upon rainfall, and water levels can fluctuate greatly. One trip may yield a river so high that the water bursts the banks to flood some of the nearby trails, while another outing reveals a river at historic lows, leaving dry creek beds and springs nearby. No two paddle trips are ever the same, and you are guaranteed to find something new to experience each time, be it the wildlife, plants or people you meet. Whether drifting past the hull of a long-forgotten steam ship or coasting over shoals that are peaking through the water’s surface, you will always leave excited to plan your next trip back to Suwannee River State Park.