FWC lifts restrictions on Zone 4 of Suwannee River
Monday, March 01, 2010
Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525
When Suwannee River floodwaters at Wilcox fell
below 9 feet Friday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) deactivated boating restrictions in Zone 4.
Zone 4 is the section from the County Road 340
Bridge at Rock Bluff to one mile below the Fowler Bluff boat ramp.
This 51-mile segment falls under the boating restrictions as long
as the Suwannee is at 9 feet or more at the Wilcox gauge, where
flood stage is 11 feet.
The FWC activated restrictions in this zone Feb.
"We verified with the Suwannee River Water
Management District that the water level has fallen below the
required 9 feet at Wilcox," said Capt. Roy Brown, area supervisor
at the FWC's Lake City office.
"Zone 5 on the Santa Fe River is still idle-speed,
no-wake," Brown said, "and we still have officers patrolling that
area to enforce the zone."
Zone 5, a 32-mile segment from River Rise in O'Leno
State Park west to the confluence of the Suwannee River, was
activated Jan. 29, when the Santa Fe River reached 17 feet on the
Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet. That zone remains
An idle-speed, no-wake restriction means a vessel
must proceed at a speed no greater than what is required to
maintain steerageway and headway in that river zone. At no time is
any vessel required to proceed so slowly that the operator is
unable to control it or anything it may be towing.
The Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers are divided into
five flood zones.
- Zone 1 is from the U.S. 90 Bridge at Ellaville
south to the State Road 51 Bridge at Luraville. This 39-mile
segment becomes an idle-speed, no-wake zone when the Suwannee River
is at 47 feet or more, as indicated on the Ellaville gauge, where
flood stage is 54 feet.
- Zone 2 stretches from the S.R. 51 Bridge at
Luraville to Little River Spring. This 18-mile segment becomes an
idle-speed, no-wake zone when the Suwannee River is at 26 feet or
more at the Branford gauge, where flood stage is 29 feet.
- Zone 3 runs from Little River Spring to the
County Road 340 Bridge at Rock Bluff. This 23-mile segment is
an idle-speed, no-wake zone as long as the Suwannee River is at 24
feet or more at the Branford gauge. The FWC deactivated this zone
- Zones 4 and 5 are described above.
For more information about the flood zones, please
call 386-758-0525. To report violations, please call
To obtain real-time river level information, visit