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Old 01-11-2022, 02:48 PM   #1
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Suwannee

We're considering a trip way down upon the Suwannee River. Has anyone been lately? There are just a few threads posted years ago. Any current info would be greatly appreciated. That's where my heart is yearning, Home where the old boats play
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Old 01-11-2022, 06:36 PM   #2
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I'm planning to visit next week. From what little information I've come across it seems like it's navigable at least as far up as Fanning Springs. Will find out and report back here.
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Also interested. We’ve got a pretty shallow boat and love to poke around in rivers and canals while looking for secret food spots along the water.
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Old 01-12-2022, 11:20 AM   #4
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I'm also interested to hear how it goes. The charts say the channels are not maintained, and the ActiveCaptain markers are pretty outdated. It would be great to have that as an option crossing the Big Bend, but without local knowledge I've avoided it.
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Old 01-12-2022, 12:11 PM   #5
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I canoed down the lower reaches of it a number of years back and remember looking at the limestone banks thinking there was no way I would risk my GB42 on this thing. The most recent Active Captain reviews are NOT positive.
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Old 01-12-2022, 12:42 PM   #6
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The Suwannee is beautiful and still relatively unspoiled "old Florida." But, like the rest of the rivers around Florida's Big Bend, it's shoaly and can surprise you with limestone outcroppings, seldom charted. I know folks with small outboard-powered jonboats who have torn up props and lower units.

Along with several of the area rivers (Chassahowitzka, Withlacoochee, Waccasassa, Econfina, St. Marks, etc.), the Suwannee is kind of magical. i have cautiously explored them all in my trailerable power cat or by canoe and kayak. There used to be a houseboat rental livery at the Gateway Marina in Suwannee - the boats were a bit scuffed up, but I'd risk their bottoms and running gear before my own.
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In the past I have looked at the river on Google Earth and you could see shallow water and sand banks. For some reason, Fanning Springs is sticking in my head as the farthest boat a large boat could go, like a previous poster said. Can't remember if this because of bridge height or shallow water. I do remember seeing very shallow water in Google Earth but it might have been much further upstream.

The OP might want to check Google Earth and other satellite images to get a feel for things.

Also check river heights and flow rate. Rain, or lack there of, will have an impact on the river.

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Owing to tannins from decaying vegetation, visibility through the water in these rivers is poor except near spring outfalls, where it can run crystal clear for a limited distance.
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Owing to tannins from decaying vegetation, visibility through the water in these rivers is poor except near spring outfalls, where it can run crystal clear for a limited distance.
There were places you could see obstructions in the river from the way the river was flowing. And you could see things in the water even with the tannins. Most certainly the satellite photos are not showing everything.

Can't see a quick way to post a link to the image but at 30°22'46.83" N 83°11'08.98" W there is a large rock and pretty obvious structure under the water. Not sure how far upstream that location is, I just looked for a quick example of what you can see.

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Can't see a quick way to post a link to the image but at 30°22'46.83" N 83°11'08.98" W there is a large rock and pretty obvious structure under the water. Not sure how far upstream that location is, I just looked for a quick example of what you can see.
That's 60+ miles upstream of Fanning, 100 miles from the entrance.

My 2018 Waterways Guide says 15 feet depths up to Fanning with one area that requires attention to avoid a shallow ledge. The biggest challenge seems to be getting in and out of the river entrance.

See also https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...d.php?t=102239
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I've decided not to go in there. Too much potential for mishap in my current boat.

I think it would be fun and stress-free to drop a canoe in near the headwaters and paddle down.
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I've decided not to go in there. Too much potential for mishap in my current boat.

I think it would be fun and stress-free to drop a canoe in near the headwaters and paddle down.
Wise. There is still probably a canoe livery there. Been decades since I did it.
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