The Suwannee Guide
Weather: Use these links to access the National Weather Service stations and radar
loops. These are very simple and to the point mobile versions.
River-Levels (Suwannee River Water Management District links):
Click on the map station name for station information and levels from the past 30 days.
The most informative station on the Suwannee is at Ellaville. The upstream influences of the Withlacoochee and Alapaha Rivers greatly affect the overall conditions for much of the Suwannee while the Okeefenokee Swamp serves as a natural buffer to fluctuations in flow and water quality for the Upper Suwannee. Downstream tributaries from a different part of the Suwannee River basin may receive more rainfall than others and may affect upstream levels.
When the Ellaville station is close to 30 ft (above sea level), conditions for canoeing and camping along the river are generally ideal.
High-flow conditions from the Withlacoochee and/or Alapaha greatly increase the turbidity (silt and clay particles) and result in a muddy appearance. Higher flow from the Upper Suwannee can increase turbidity to a lesser degree but results in a higher influx of tannins that darken the appearance of the river.