Lower Suwannee

National Wildlife Refuge - Florida

The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge is located in southeastern Dixie and northwestern Levy counties on the western coast of Florida, approximately fifty miles southwest of the city of Gainesville. It protects one of the largest undeveloped river delta systems in the United States. The refuge includes twenty miles (32 km) of the Suwannee River estuary and twenty miles (32 km) of coastline. The constant influx of nutrients from the Suwannee River combined with numerous off-shore islands and tidal creeks create excellent wildlife habitat which supports kites, bald eagles, manatees, sturgeon, deer, and turkeys For tourists, the refuge offers bird and wildlife observation, wildlife photography, fishing, canoeing, hunting, and interpretive walks. As of 2005, a wildlife driving tour is under construction and several boardwalks and observation towers offer views of refuge wildlife and habitat.

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Map of Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Florida. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Lower Suwannee - Map

Map of Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Florida. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Map of the Levi Side of Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Florida. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Lower Suwannee - Levy Side Map

Map of the Levi Side of Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Florida. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Hunting Regulations at Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Florida. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Lower Suwannee - Hunting

Hunting Regulations at Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Florida. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Lower Suwannee NWR https://www.fws.gov/refuge/lower_suwannee/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lower_Suwannee_National_Wildlife_Refuge The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge is located in southeastern Dixie and northwestern Levy counties on the western coast of Florida, approximately fifty miles southwest of the city of Gainesville. It protects one of the largest undeveloped river delta systems in the United States. The refuge includes twenty miles (32 km) of the Suwannee River estuary and twenty miles (32 km) of coastline. The constant influx of nutrients from the Suwannee River combined with numerous off-shore islands and tidal creeks create excellent wildlife habitat which supports kites, bald eagles, manatees, sturgeon, deer, and turkeys For tourists, the refuge offers bird and wildlife observation, wildlife photography, fishing, canoeing, hunting, and interpretive walks. As of 2005, a wildlife driving tour is under construction and several boardwalks and observation towers offer views of refuge wildlife and habitat.
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