In support of the resource management goals and objectives for the area and to provide a quality experience for all area users, the following recreation activities are allowed. During hunting days, the area is only open to individuals who have a quota hunt permit. Order the Andrews Recreation Guide or print a shorter version Ready, Set, Go! guide to use as a resource when visiting this area.
Hunt of a Lifetime. On his first hunt ever this boy shot two bucks, the first with his permit, the second with a permit given him by a friend who gave up for the day.
Hunting is limited to 2-to-3-day, high-quality hunts with a limited number of hunters. Zone tags are given out to hunters, and only a limited number of hunters are allowed in each zone at a time. Andrews has a good population of deer and turkey, and is one of the top 5 areas in the state to hunt. In 2008-2009, the squirrel harvest was 1397 (a new record).
During four weekends each fall and winter, Andrews offers supervised youth hunts and family hunts (two youth may participate). These hunts are designed to allow boys and girls ages 8 through 15 to hunt deer and/or feral hog. Youth hunters must be supervised by an adult.
Redbreast sunfish and Suwannee bass fishing is excellent in the river. For anglers without boats, the area has 3 miles of shoreline as well as a dock. Fishing is best in April, May, and June.Fishing license information.
The mature hardwood forest of Andrews is home to a variety of birds and mammals. The Suwannee River basin is a major route for many species of migrating birds. Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife. You may also download or print the Andrew's Bird List .
About 10 miles of designated nature trails and unpaved roads can be explored by hikers and those interested in nature study. Not so long ago, six Florida champion trees - the very largest of their species in the state - grew in the surrounding forest. The persimmon, Florida maple, bluff oak, river birch, Florida basswood and winged elm have since died of disease or old age, or yielded their titles to champions discovered elsewhere in the state. Some trails are named for these tree varieties and many large specimens still stand in the forest.
Cyclists may use trails or unnamed service roads. The roads and trails are in good condition, with great scenery and abundant wildlife.
The Suwannee River has long been a popular spot for canoeing and kayaking. Paddlers can park and launch at the Suwannee River picnic area. Depending on water levels, paddlers may need to carry their boats approximately 10-20 yards to reach the river. Paddlers can travel upriver approximately 2.5 miles to explore Fanning Springs State Park. More experienced paddlers may wish to travel approximately 7 miles downriver to explore Manatee Springs State Park.
Designated roads provide approximately 6 miles of excellent scenery, and you may see deer, turkey, feral hogs, and songbirds from the car.
Also see Vehicle Use Regulations.