Live Oak —
Another idle-speed, no-wake zone was activated on the Suwannee River today, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.
Zone 3, a 23-mile segment, which runs from Little River Spring to the County Road 340 Bridge at Rock Bluff, was activated when the gauge at Branford reached 24 feet.
Zone 5, a 32-mile section on the Santa Fe River, which runs from River Rise within O’Leno State Park west to the confluence of the Suwannee River, was activated March 19. This area of the river becomes an idle-speed, no-wake zone when the Santa Fe River reaches 17 feet, as indicated on the Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet.
“FWC officers are patrolling both rivers to ensure boaters comply with the idle-speed, no-wake rule,” said Maj. Andrew Krause, regional commander at the FWC’s Lake City office. “The FWC encourages boaters to stay off the Suwannee-Santa Fe river system until conditions improve.”
An idle-speed, no-wake zone means a vessel must proceed at a speed no greater than what is required to maintain steerageway and headway. 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 other zones are:
For more information about the flood zones, please call 386-758-0525. To report violations, please call 888-404-3922.
To obtain real-time river levels, visit www.mysuwanneeriver.com.