Upper Sopchoppy River


Area Status: Open

This stream has very swampy headwaters that are floatable, but may require some searching before the main channel is discovered. Farther downstream the river becomes clearly defined by limestone banks and is very meandering, requiring you to maneuver carefully and skillfully.

The level of this river depends greatly on recent rainfall, so that although it is floatable as far up as the bridge over Forest Highway 13 nearly every month throughout the year, daily floating conditions vary constantly. The U.S. Geological Survey stream gauge at Oak Park Bridge on Forest Road 346 should read between 10 and 14 feet before the Upper Sopchoppy can be considered canoeable; otherwise you will encounter considerable dragging around logs and over sand bars between pools.

Immediately downstream from the Forest Highway 13 bridge, the river flows six miles through the Bradwell Bay Wilderness and is pristine and remote. Picnicking and resting on sand bars is possible during moderate to low water. However, camping along the river is discouraged because of the extreme and sudden variability of water flows.

General Information

General Notes:

Amenities

  • None

Licenses and Passes 

Boating 

  • Boating in the National Forests in Florida is regulated by the state of Florida. Please visit our boating web page before you grab your personal floatation device and head out onto the water.  

Fishing 


General Notes:

Amenities

  • None

Licenses and Passes 

Boating 

  • Boating in the National Forests in Florida is regulated by the state of Florida. Please visit our boating web page before you grab your personal floatation device and head out onto the water.  

Fishing 


General Notes:

Amenities

  • None

Licenses and Passes 

Boating 

  • Boating in the National Forests in Florida is regulated by the state of Florida. Please visit our boating web page before you grab your personal floatation device and head out onto the water.  

Fishing 


General Notes:

Amenities

  • None

Licenses and Passes 

Boating 

  • Boating in the National Forests in Florida is regulated by the state of Florida. Please visit our boating web page before you grab your personal floatation device and head out onto the water.  

Fishing 


Activities

River and Stream Fishing

General Info:

General Notes

Amenities

  • None

Licenses and Passes 

Boating 

  • Boating in the National Forests in Florida is regulated by the state of Florida. Please visit our boating web page before you grab your personal floatation device and head out onto the water.  

Fishing 


General Notes

Amenities

  • None

Licenses and Passes 

Boating 

  • Boating in the National Forests in Florida is regulated by the state of Florida. Please visit our boating web page before you grab your personal floatation device and head out onto the water.  

Fishing 


General Notes

Amenities

  • None

Licenses and Passes 

Boating 

  • Boating in the National Forests in Florida is regulated by the state of Florida. Please visit our boating web page before you grab your personal floatation device and head out onto the water.  

Fishing 


Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities