About 20 miles up river is my favorite river community so far, Fowler's Bluff. Maybe 75 houses/cottages/trailers/camps on the river and a terrific “fish camp” restaurant Treasure Camp. We pulled up the dock on a cool day, went in, there was a fire burning in the potbelly stove and lunch was delicious!
For carefree cruising on the Suwannee one thing is essential, a shallow draft boat. The marked channel coming in from the Gulf is shallow, reported to be at times only 2 ½ ft; larger boats can come in but need to do so at half tide or better, Most loop boat skip the Suwannee for this reason. Also, the river is usually fairly deep, except for when it isn't. Going up river we regularly saw 4 ft depths. For us this is not a problem as we have a 2 ft draft with the engine down, so exploring the Suwanee was carefree. Thank you Seaway we love our seaworthy shallow draft boat!