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Suwannee
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The Suwannee River near Lake City, Florida
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Suwannee River Drainage Basin
Country United States
Cities Fargo, Georgia, White Springs, Florida, Branford, Florida
Physical characteristics
Main source Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Fargo, Georgia
River mouth Gulf of Mexico
Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, Suwannee, Florida
0 ft (0 m)
Length 246 mi (396 km)
Discharge


Basin features
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Santa Fe River
  • Right:
    Alapaha River, Withlacoochee River

The Suwannee River (also spelled Suwanee River) is a river that runs through south Georgia southward into Florida in the southern United States. It is a wild blackwater river, about 246 miles (396 km) long. The Suwannee River is the site of the prehistoric Suwanee Straits which separated peninsular Florida from the panhandle.

Geography

The headwaters of the Suwanee River are in the Okefenokee Swamp in the town of Fargo, Georgia. The river runs southwestward into the Florida Panhandle, then drops in elevation through limestone layers into a rare Florida whitewater rapid. Past the rapid, the Suwanee turns west near the town of White Springs, Florida, then connects to the confluences of the Alapaha River and Withlacoochee River.

Starting at the confluences of those three rivers, that confluence forms the southern borderline of Hamilton County, Florida. The Suwanee then bends southward near the town of Ellaville, Florida, followed by Luraville, Florida, then joins together with the Santa Fe River (Florida) from the east, south of the town of Branford, Florida.

The river ends and drains into the Gulf of Mexico on the outskirts of Suwannee, Florida.

Bridges

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Bell Cannon Bridge

Georgia

  • Suwannee River Sill at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
  • US 441 at Fargo, Georgia

Florida

  • CR 6
  • US 41 at White Springs, Florida (Ed Scott Bridge)
  • SR 136 at White Springs, Florida
  • Interstate 75
  • US 129 at Suwannee Springs, Florida
  • SR 249
  • US 90 at Ellaville, Florida
  • Interstate 10
  • CR 250 at Dowling Park, Florida
  • CR 51 at Luraville, Florida (Hal W. Adams Bridge)
  • US 27 at Branford, Florida
  • CR 340 near Bell, Florida
  • US 19/US 98/Alternate US 27 at Fanning Springs, Florida (Joe H. Anderson Sr. Bridge)

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