Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region
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Calendar of Events

For more information, contact the Refuge Office 352/493-0238

Best months to visit are October through April.  From June through August, visitors are encouraged to prepare for high temperatures, humidity, and biting insects. Tick repellent is advised year-round.

  • Good time for viewing wintering waterfowl and shorebirds in coastal areas
  • Small game hunting begins
  • Peak of bald eagle nesting
  • Osprey nesting begins
  • February 14: 9:00 - 3:00 - FREE Seahorse Key Open House: Bring your valentine to tour the historic lighthouse and enjoy the tranquility of this spectacular island in the Gulf. You'll need to catch a tour boat, paddle over ,or use your own vessel.
  • Night hunting for raccoons, Friday and Saturday nights during February
  • Small game hunting ends
  • Friends - Annual Meeting and Refuge Openhouse
  • March 12th & 17th, 10:00-11:00: Meet at Shell Mound Trailhead for this walk back in time. Learn more about Florida’s ancient cultures than you ever did in school on this easy walk over the 6,000 year old Archaeological site.
  • Return of the swallow-tailed kites
  • Spring wild turkey season opens
  • Spring wild turkey season
  • Peak of songbird spring migration
  • Earth Day
  • Cedar Key Spring Arts Festival
  • Suwannee Stone Crab Festival
  • International Migratory Bird Day
  • Peak of breeding bird activity
June through August
  • Good time to explore the Suwannee River or Gulf of Mexico by boat
  • July 11 from 9:00AM - 3:00 PM, Lighthouse Open House,
  • Kid's summer programs
  • Peak shorebird fall migration
  • Archery hunting season starts
  • National Wildlife Refuge Week!
  • Lighthouse Open House - 3rd weekend of Oct, FREE, you must obtain your own transportation
  • Archery ends. Muzzleloader season begins
  • Go to our Homepage and click on “Hunting” to get the new easy-to-read hunt brochure with map
  • General Gun Season begins
  • Go to our Homepage and click on “Hunting” to get the new easy-to-read hunt brochure
  • Family hunt
  • Audubon Christmas Bird Count


Last updated: March 11, 2015