Ichetucknee springs and river were declared a National Natural Landmark in 1972

Ichetucknee springs and river were declared a National Natural Landmark in 1972. Ichetucknee is an Indian word meaning “beaver pond” and is one of Florida’s 33 first-magnitude springs. Ichetucknee Springs State Park in northern central Florida attracts more than 200,000 visitors a year and contributes $22 million to the local economy. It was purchased by the State of Florida in 1970 from the Loncala ... Read more

Paddling the Santa Fe River (Jill)

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More than 75 springs feed the Lower Santa Fe River in southern Suwannee County in northern Florida. Depending on the rainfall, visitors frolicking in the river may find it clear to the bottom or tannic, a brown tea color.

Jill Zima Borski

On Saturday, August 22, when the Florida Outdoor Writers Association kayaked th... Read more

Paddling the Suwannee

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When a person has lived in Florida more than half her life, she surely should seek out the site of the state song, the Suwanee River, just as sure as she should seek seashells by the seashore. "The Swanee River" (Old Folks at Home) by Stephen C. Foster was adopted as the official s... Read more

Poe Springs Park

Poe Springs Park in central Florida offers free fun for families year-round. Located near High Springs and Gainesville, the park boasts 202 acres filled with scenic woodlands and rolling fields, and is located along the banks of the Santa Fe River. Poe Springs pumps an average of 45 million gallons of cool, refreshing water daily into the Santa Fe River. Alachua County manages the park. Poe Springs is one of the least crowded... Read more