Crooked River (Florida)

Crooked River is a waterway in Franklin County, Florida, that connects the tidal estuary of the Ochlockonee River to a junction with the tidal Carrabelle River and the New River above the town of Carrabelle, Florida. The Crooked River channel is 41 kilometres (25 mi) long, while its ends are 24 kilometres (15 mi) apart.[1]

The Crooked river is sometimes described as a principal tributary of the Ochlockonee River,[2][3] while G.H. Dury described the Crooked River as a tidal channel connecting the Carrabelle River with the Ochlockonee River, separating St. James Island from the mainland.[1]


Florida approved the purchase of 13,000 acres of marshland along the Crooked River from St. Joe Company in 2003 for $14.5 million. The preserve was meant to help protect Florida black bear territory. The purchased land was added to Tate’s Hell State Forest.[4][5]


  1. Dury, G. H. (1971). "Channel Characteristics in a Meandering Tidal Channel: Crooked River, Florida". Geografiska Annaler. Series A, Physical Geography. 53 (3/4): 188–197. JSTOR 520788.
  2. "Ochlockonee River" (PDF). Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  3. "Ochlockonee" (PDF). Brown's Guides. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 December 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  4. Hallifax, Jackie (November 26, 2003). "Cabinet Votes to Buy Marshland". Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  5. Florida's northwestern coast awash in unique sights January 17, 2010 Michigan Live

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