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FWC lifts boating restrictions on Santa Fe River

News Release

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Media contact: Jeff Summers, 386-758-0525

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has lifted boating restrictions on the Santa Fe River, Zone 5. On Wednesday, the river fell below 17 feet at Three Rivers gauge, which meant the FWC could deactivate the zone’s restrictions and allow boaters using the river to resume normal operating speeds.

Idle-speed, no-wake restrictions on Zone 5 – a 32-mile segment from River Rise in O’Leno State Park west to the confluence of the Suwannee River – were activated  March 3, when the Santa Fe River reached 17 feet on the Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet.

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 level information, visit

FWC Facts:
Anyone operating a vessel and willfully disregarding the safety of people or property will be cited for reckless operation (a 1st-degree misdemeanor).

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