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Area Information

In Fanning Springs Florida you can go kayaking, diving, fishing, swimming or boat the rivers, springs, runs and streams of the Suwannee River Valley. Thousands fish for bass, bream, catfish, stump knockers, and perch. Others swim in the spring boils or enjoy tubing down the crystal clear Ichetucknee.
Canoeing and kayaking are fun as many paddle silently by and pontoon boaters ease along in comfort. Power boaters and water-skiers enjoy the river and springs. Divers search the remains of sunken ships and prehistoric sites in the river and certified divers can explore caves in springs.

Suwannee is a wonderful river for boats of almost any size. Any boat, power or sail, that can get in the 7' deep entrance channel from the Gulf or be trailer launched, can go as far as the 34' high bridge at Fanning Spring. Boats that can make it under the 10' Nature Coast Trail Bridge above Fanning Springs will have clear sailing all the way to Branford. The distance from the Gulf to Branford is a pristine 76 miles. River depths are normally between 7 to 55 feet and good water can usually be found right up to the riverbank. The Suwannee does not have a marked or maintained navigational channel. There are several sandbars, which must be avoided. During flood periods, the river should not be used for recreational purposes of any kind.

Fanning Springs State Park is located on the Suwannee River; this inviting source of cool, clear water has attracted people for thousands of years. As a strong 2nd magnitude springs, Fanning Springs provides refreshing swimming or snorkeling on a hot day. Visitors can enter the park by car or arrive by boat from the Suwannee River. Many visitors enjoy the picnic area, playground, and volleyball court or use the park's large open areas for ball games, throwing Frisbees, and also for events. There is a canoe/kayak launch available, a nature trail and a boardwalk that overlooks the river. In the summer the gazebo at the end of the boardwalk is a fine place to watch sturgeon jumping. Manatees are often seen in the springs during the winter months and occasionally in the summer. White-tailed deer, gray squirrels, red-shouldered hawks, pileated woodpeckers, and barred owls are some of the other animals seen in the park. If you bring a pet please remember they must be on a hand held leash no longer than six feet. For the safety of our non-pet owning guests, there are restricted areas (the main picnic and swimming areas). Please observe signs and restrict pets to more remote sections of the park. The Park is located on U.S. 19/98 in the town of Fanning Springs. For Information about Fanning Springs State Park, please call 352-463-3420.

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