Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge


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Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge

Address:16450 NW 31st Pl
Chiefland, FL 32626

Phone:352-493-0238
Fax:352-493-1935
Web: lowersuwannee.fws.gov
Established: 1979.
Location:Along the southern edge of the Big Bend Region of Florida's west coast.
Facilities:Visitor contact station, viewing sites, observation tower, trails, auto tour route, historic features, boat ramps, fishing pier.
Activities:Boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, biking, hunting, educational programs.
Special Features:The constant flow of nutrients from the Suwannee River and tidal creeks creates excellent wildlife habitat. Salt marshes and tidal flats act as a nursery for fish, shrimp, and shellfish, which attracts thousands of shore birds and diving ducks.
Habitats: 53,000 acres of bottomland hardwood swamps, pine forests, cypress domes, tidal creeks, and salt marshes.
Access: Unlimited.
Wild life: White-tailed deer, wild turkeys, bobcats, alligators and river otters are year-round inhabitants, Gulf sturgeon, salt marsh voles, eastern indigo snakes, gopher tortoise, West Indian manatee and wood stork are some of the threatened or endangered species that live here. Bird such as swallow-tailed kite, bald eagle, osprey, and prothonotary warblers use the refuge seasonally.

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That's mainly due to the fact that most of this area is part of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, crisscrossed by more unpaved logging roads than finished highways.

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