​Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges is a nonprofit, member-driven organization. They work to increase appreciation of the natural resources of the refuges and are advocates for the protection of habitat essential for the refuges' flora and fauna. 

The Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges have prepared guides for several paddling trails on the refuge. They are intended to provide necessary navigational information and also the biological information needed to connect well with the refuge habitats you are paddling through. Friends holds the copyright on the content of the panels. The panels may be reproduced for personal use at no cost, but cannot be sold or in other ways used for profit.

How to download: click the title of the guide to be taken to its location on Google Documents. To save, click "File" in the top-left corner underneath the title of the document, then select "Download."

Paddling Guide Overview:

The Paddle Connection to the Lower Suwannee

and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges
Paddle #1: Fishbone Creek
Paddle #2: Shired Island
Paddle #3: Sanders Creek
Paddle #4: Cat Island
Paddle #5: Lock Creek
Paddle #6: Lock Shingle Creek
Paddle #7: Gopher River
Paddle #8: Sandfly Creek

Paddle #9: Barnett McCormick

Paddle #10: Shell Mound-Hog Island

Paddle #11: Shell Mound-Long Cabbage Island

Paddle #12: Atsena Otie

Paddle Guide for the Lower Suwannee River


The lower end of the Suwannee River is just as beautiful as the rest of the river, it just has a different character with tidal creeks and the salt marshes. Also the currents are different and makes a paddler's delight. The Laminar Flow occurs mainly in the lower end of the river where the water is moving slow. It is a smooth flow with all the water molecules moving parallel to each other at the same speed and with very little mixing between them.  Thanks to laminar currents and the gradient of the river bed which is almost flat, you can move your canoe with ease, even paddling back up river has become easy.

On the chart below, the distance is as accurate as googles map pro and that's as good as you get. The time is figured at paddling 3 mph. On the Map below each icon will give you information for that spot as I have at the time. I am always updating maps which is a constant job as I continue to add information to it.

Below the Map you will be introduced to the Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges.  They have prepared paddle guides for twelve outstanding paddling trails in the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges. There is also a Paddle Guide Overview of the 12 trails.

Suwannee Adventures

Plus Paddle Guides for Trails on the Refuge

Branford Boat Ramp to Anderson Landing River Camp