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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Song, Natural Beauty Draw Visitors To Suwannee

Note: This article was later published on 8/11/2008 "Defenders of the Suwannee" on the HeraldTribune.com website.

Published 8/6/08 - First Coast News
Bubbling up from the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia, the Suwannee River makes a lazy loop through 250 miles of mostly rural north Florida before opening wide into the Gulf of Mexico next to a national wildlife refuge and a pretty little town called Suwannee.

David Still, executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, the independent government agency that oversees the area's water resources, says it's one of the cleanest, least-obstructed large waterways in the United States.

The Florida government has in this decade turned most of the Suwannee into one long state park, making it possible for canoeists to cover 170 miles of the river while stopping every 10 to 15 miles to camp for free on state-owned land.

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