Where the River Begins

Our journey along the Withlacoochee River begins in the cypress domes and forested wetlands of the Green Swamp. Four rivers emerge from this large oasis between Tampa and Orlando. It is an area of ecological and hydrologic importance because of its ability to store surface water and slow floodwaters while sustaining flow to multiple rivers and streams. The Green Swamp also supplies water to the aquifer, which isnโ€™t too far below the landโ€™s surface in this area.

Green Swamp
Blackwater River

The Withlacoochee River is unique because itโ€™s one of two rivers in Florida that runs northward. From its headwaters in the Green Swamp, this blackwater river meanders 160 miles before discharging into the Gulf of Mexico near Yankeetown in Levy County.

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