Description - The low-lying area of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge is a compilation of cypress swamps, freshwater marshes and saltwater estuaries. The protected tract offers visitors glimpses of manatee, American alligators and a variety of bird species. Fishing is a major attraction at this refuge because it offers access to both saltwater and freshwater bodies. Freshwater catches include largemouth bass and redbreast sunfish. Summertime scalloping is enjoyed along the coast. Year-round visitation is permitted.
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Common Birdlife at National Wildlife Refuge
- The topography of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge is primarily very low, flat and easily flooded. Slight changes of elevation and the refuges proximity to salt and fresh water create an unusual diversity of wildlife habitat including floodplain hardwoods, cypress lined sloughs, freshwater marshes, salt and brackish marshes, cabbage palm and cedar tree islands, hardwood hammocks, cypress domes, and low pine flatwoods.
These habitats are home to a host of resident wildlife and migratory birds. One of the most note worthy group's is the many different species of wading and shore birds. Swallow-tailed kites, osprey and bald eagles also nest on the refuge. The river and its coastal estuary are important to manatee and gulf sturgeon.
Recreation - The Gulf coast and river wildlife refuge offers a variety of outdoor recreations to the traveler. A visitor center introduces travelers to the area's unique habitats while offering educational programs, wildlife viewing areas and interpretive tours. Saltwater and freshwater fishing, hiking and hunting are enjoyed as well.
Climate - Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The area offers a great warm escape for outdoor recreation during the cold northern months. Summer temperatures average in the low 80's Fahrenheit and mid 20's Celsius. Winters are mild with temperatures averaging between the high 40's to the high 50's Fahrenheit. The average precipitation for the north central area is diverse. The central western area receives more than 60 inches per year while the central eastern tract receives about 50 inches. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.
Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge fronts approximately 26 miles of the Gulf of Mexico and is bisected by 21 miles of the Suwannee River.