Southwest Region

Southwest Recreation

The area designated as the southwest region includes portions of Taylor, Lafayette, DiYesie counties as they are encompassed by the Fenholloway and Suwannee rivers. The Steinhatchee River that begins in the wilds of Mallory Swamp and Steinhatchee Springs and winds leisurely through a flat woods ecosystem to the Gulf of Mexico.

Within the three tracts owned and managed by the District, the region offers opportunities to bike, fish, hike, horseback ride, hunt, and view wildlife. Excellent paddling opportunities are available at the numerous river access points.

The southwest is a remote and wilderness-like area. Here, access to District lands is limited due to the lack of roads and the swampy area.

District lands are numbered and circled in blue on the map above. Select one of these numbers or their corresponding links in the table below for a description and map of each tract.

TractATVsBikingFishingHikingHorseback RidingHuntingPicnicingSwimmingWildlife Viewing
1. Mallory SwampYesYesYesYesYesYesNoneNoneYes
2. R.O. RanchNoneNoneNoneYesYesNoneYesNoneYes
3. Steinhatchee SpringsNoneYesYesYesYesYesNoneNoneYes
4. Steinhatchee FallsNoneYesYesYesYesNoneYesNoneYes
4. Steinhatchee RiseNoneYesYesYesYesYesNoneNoneYes


  1. J. H. Anderson, Jr. Memorial Park-Rock Bluff Springs

    The Suwannee River Water Management District and Alachua Conservation will reopen J. H. Anderson, Jr. Memorial Park – Rock Bluff Springs at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, May 28. Read On...
  2. Goose Pasture Campground

    The Suwannee River Water Management District will reopen Goose Pasture Campground at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, May 28. Read On...
  3. CAUTION – Fire Danger

    Suwannee River Water Management District (District) urges persons recreating on District lands to exercise caution during all outdoor activities due to increased fire danger resulting from dry conditions, low humidity, and wind. Read On...