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Peace River (Florida)

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The Peace River is a river in the southwestern part of the Florida peninsula, in the U.S.A..[1] It originates at the juncture of Saddle Creek and Peace Creek northeast of Bartow in Polk County and flows south through Fort Meade (Polk County) Hardee County to Arcadia in DeSoto County and then southwest into the Charlotte Harbor estuary at Punta Gorda in Charlotte County. It is 106 miles (171 km) long and has a drainage basin of 1,367 square miles (3,540 km2). U.S. Highway 17 runs near and somewhat parallel to the river for much of its course. The river was called Rio de la Paz (River of Peace) on 16th century Spanish charts.[2] It appeared as Peas Creek or Pease Creek on later maps. The Creek (and later, Seminole) Indians call it Talakchopcohatchee, River of Long Peas.[3] Other cities along the Peace River include Fort Meade, Wauchula and Zolfo Springs.[4]

Fresh water from the Peace River is vital to maintain the delicate salinity of Charlotte Harbor that hosts several endangered species, as well as commercial and recreational harvests of shrimp, crabs, and fish. The river has always been a vital resource to the people in its watershed. Historically, the abundant fishery and wildlife of Charlotte Harbor supported large populations of people of the Caloosahatchee culture (in early historic times, the Calusa). Today, the Peace River supplies over six million gallons per day of drinking water to the people in the region. The river is also popular for canoeing.[5]

There were many Pleistocene and Miocene fossils found throughout the Peace River area, eventually leading to the discovery of phosphate deposits. Most of the northern watershed of the Peace River comprises an area known as the Bone Valley.

The Peace River is a popular destination for fossil hunters who dig and sift the river gravel for fossilized shark teeth and prehistoric mammal bones. Several campgrounds and canoe rental operations cater to fossil hunters, with Wauchula, Zolfo Springs, and Arcadia being the main points of entry.

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List of crossings

Crossing Carries Image Location Coordinates
Headwaters (Juncture of Peace Creek and Saddle Creek)
Spessard L Holland Bridge
Florida 60.svg
Bartow 27°54′08″N 81°49′03″W / 27.902242°N 81.817583°W / 27.902242; -81.817583
Homeland Garfield Road
Homeland FL Peace River bridge01.jpg
Homeland 27°49′16″N 81°47′59″W / 27.821029°N 81.799746°W / 27.821029; -81.799746
John Singletary Bridge
US 98.svg
Fort Meade FL Broadway St bridge05.jpg
Fort Meade 27°45′06″N 81°46′55″W / 27.751658°N 81.781944°W / 27.751658; -81.781944
Mt Pisgah Road
Fort Meade FL Mt Pisgah Rd bridge01.jpg
Fort Meade 27°43′22″N 81°47′24″W / 27.722731°N 81.790080°W / 27.722731; -81.790080
CSX transp logo.svg
CSX Transportation
CSXT Peace River trestle, Bowling Green FL.jpg
Bowling Green 27°39′25″N 81°48′09″W / 27.656907°N 81.802422°W / 27.656907; -81.802422
County Line Road
Fort Meade FL CR 664 bridge01.jpg
Bowling Green 27°38′46″N 81°48′08″W / 27.646201°N 81.802127°W / 27.646201; -81.802127
Lake Branch Road
Fort Meade FL CR 664 bridge01.jpg
Bowling Green 27°38′46″N 81°48′08″W / 27.646201°N 81.802127°W / 27.646201; -81.802127
Heard Bridge Heard Bridge Road
Wauchula FL Heard Bridge Rd bridge01.jpg
Wauchula 27°34′33″N 81°48′16″W / 27.575748°N 81.804507°W / 27.575748; -81.804507
East Main Street Wauchula 27°33′02″N 81°47′37″W / 27.550552°N 81.793650°W / 27.550552; -81.793650
Griffin Road
Wauchula FL Griffin Rd bridge01.jpg
Wauchula 27°32′27″N 81°47′31″W / 27.540773°N 81.791993°W / 27.540773; -81.791993
Doyle E. Carlton Bridge
US 17.svg
US 17
US-17 Bridge Over the Peace River.jpg
Zolfo Springs 27°30′16″N 81°48′01″W / 27.504464°N 81.800392°W / 27.504464; -81.800392
Florida 64.svg
FL 64
Zolfo Springs FL SR 64 Peace River Bridge01.jpg
Zolfo Springs 27°29′59″N 81°48′38″W / 27.499605°N 81.810426°W / 27.499605; -81.810426
NE Brownville Street Brownville 27°18′10″N 81°50′46″W / 27.302668°N 81.846136°W / 27.302668; -81.846136
Seminole Gulf Railway
Peace River FL 2016 3.JPG
Arcadia 27°14′12″N 81°53′10″W / 27.236562°N 81.886005°W / 27.236562; -81.886005
Footbridge (Old SR 70 bridge)
Arcadia FL old Peace River Bridge01.JPG
Arcadia 27°13′20″N 81°52′34″W / 27.222132°N 81.876162°W / 27.222132; -81.876162
Florida 70.svg
FL 70
Arcadia FL SR 70 Peace River Bridge 01.JPG
Arcadia 27°13′16″N 81°52′35″W / 27.221049°N 81.876462°W / 27.221049; -81.876462
CR 760 jct.svg
CR 760
Arcadia 27°09′45″N 81°54′06″W / 27.162392°N 81.901656°W / 27.162392; -81.901656
CR 761 jct.svg
CR 761
Fort Odgen 27°05′19″N 81°59′38″W / 27.088557°N 81.993994°W / 27.088557; -81.993994
Peace River I-75.jpg
Solana 26°57′37″N 82°01′13″W / 26.960237°N 82.020220°W / 26.960237; -82.020220
Barron Collier Bridge and Gilchrist Bridge
US 41.svg
US 41
Punta Gorda 26°56′42″N 82°03′29″W / 26.945115°N 82.057946°W / 26.945115; -82.057946
Mouth (Charlotte Harbor)

See also


  1. ^ Kevin M. McCarthy The Book Lover's Guide to Florida 1992 p304 "The Peace River begins at Lake Hamilton in Polk County and runs through Arcadia southwesterly to Charlotte Harbor. For a description of the river, read Rivers of Florida (Atlanta: Southern Press, 1974) by Henry Marks and Gene Britt Riggs ..."
  2. ^ O'Donnell
  3. ^ Brown, Canter, Jr. (1991) Florida's Peace River Frontier. Orlando, Florida: University of Central Florida Press. ISBN 0-8130-1037-3 P. xiv (Preface)
  4. ^ O'Donnell
  5. ^ O'Donnell
  • O'Donnell, Brian. (1990) "Peace River," in Marth, Del and Marty Marth, eds. The Rivers of Florida. Sarasota, Florida: Pineapple Press, Inc. ISBN 0-910923-70-1.

External links

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