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  • Only 15 minutes north of Tallahassee, 1.5 miles west of Lake Iamonia, and 7 miles east of Havana, is a truly old and untouched Florida. A scenic driveway through stately pine flatwoods and a managed forest takes you to River Bluff Landing. Located along two miles of the picturesque Ochlockonee River is this Miller family's riverfront tract. Here you will find bluffs along the river, virgin hardwood forests at the river's edge, old-growth cypress swamps and sloughs, grass ponds, and open fields filled with turkey and deer.

    Since the 1800's the Miller family has gathered at the river for family functions. This tradition is kept alive and enjoyed every Thanksgiving. It was in the 1940's that Marvin Miller purchased 1,000 acres stretching for almost two miles on the water. Marvin's three son's, Dan Miller, Billy Miller, and Bobby Miller, along with their families, have enjoyed hunting and fishing along the river for most of their lives. The love of their land and river runs deep as you hear of their stories told around the fire at the Miller river cabin. It is this love that Dan Miller's daughter, Lawson Miller Smith, and her husband, Glenn Smith, now share this special river with you.

    Ochlockonee, meaning "yellow water", named by Native Americans because of the coloring that the Georgia clay gives the river, originates its waters in southwestern Georgia as it meanders its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the shoreline of River Bluff Landing you will find white sandy banks below forested bluffs and in other places cypress trees that seem to thrust up from a wild swamp. Filtered sunlight peers its rays upon the gently flowing river through green tunnels of the black gum, red maple, water oak, and bay trees as an orchestra of birds flock across their crowns. At the bottom of the canopy, you may hear the splash of nervous frogs and river turtles leaving their exposed perches. A noise in the willows growing next to the river might give away a white-tailed deer, a Florida black bear, or a wild hog, using the river as a natural corridor. Other residents include foxes, bobcats, otters, beavers, alligators, and freshwater mussels and snails along with an abundant variety of fish.

    After dark, the river brings out a symphony of owls and gators, along with the distinctive sounds of our native amphibians. From the barking tree frog's hound like chatter or the bullfrog's deep resonant drone, to the chuckling and clattering of the southern leopard frog or the high-pitched squeak of the familiar spring peeper, few things make the river's evenings more delightful than the night sounds of nature.

    River Bluff Landing and it's two miles of riverbanks is situated along the Ochlockonee River (Upper) Canoe Trail halfway between Lake Talquin and the Florida/Georgia state line. This canoe trail portion of the river is 26 miles long and is officially designated as part of Florida's Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. Beginning near the Georgia line, Florida's "Upper" Ochlockonee is graced with abundant wildlife and unique forest cover as it winds its way toward Lake Talquin located at the southernmost end of the Canoe Trail. Lake Talquin is located 13 miles south of River Bluff Landing and is one of Florida's most beautiful lakes with its clean waters and steep sloped shorelines. Lake Talquin is also one of Florida's deepest lakes at an average of 15 feet and a maximum depth of 40 feet. The river's waters continue through the 14 mile long lake and to the hydro electric Jackson Bluff Dam. It was constructed in 1927 to create the manmade 8,800 acre Lake Talquin reservoir.

    The Ochlockonee experience is then made up of a 40 mile untamed river winding through the heart of the 557,000 acre Apalachicola National Forest, the largest national forest in Florida. This pristine river forms the boundaries of Leon, Gadsden, Liberty, Wakulla, and Franklin counties of Florida and is a vital link in the production of seafood. During flood stages the river picks up rich nutrients and transports it downstream to the estuary of Ochlockonee Bay where it empties its waters into the Gulf of Mexico at Apalachee Bay, an Aquatic Preserve. The bay supports a diversity of aquatic habitats, including salt marshes, sea grass beds, oyster bars and reefs, and hard bottom reefs. This Aquatic Preserve is the largest in Florida, encompassing 450,000 acres.

    The Ochlockonee River was first discovered in 1540 by Hernando De Soto and later recognized and declared an "Outstanding Florida Water" by the Florida Legislature. The Ochlockonee River today is much as the way De Soto saw it almost 500 years ago. This river is one of the last forgotton and unspoiled wild rivers in Florida and deserves protection from uncontrolled growth, pollution, and overdevelopment in it's basin. Be mindful to be good stewards and caretakers of God's creation along this river and throughout His world.

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