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"The Lake Jackson Aquatic Preserve is one of the most unique and ecologically significant natural systems in northwest Florida. It remains one of the only large sinkhole lakes in Florida in which the hydrology remains unaltered by man. Widely fluctuating water levels and a variety of rich wetland habitats contribute to a high diversity and abundance of wildlife, especially amphibians, reptiles, and birds that include several State and Federally listed species. We must do all we can to ensure that Lake Jackson remains a viable ecosystem for future generations to enjoy and carefully balance recreation with the needs of wildlife."

Dr. Matthew Aresco
Lake Jackson Ecopassage Alliance


Leon County


4,700 acres of sovereign submerged lands


Penny Isom
Aquatic Preserve Manager
3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 235
Tallahassee, FL 32399


Egret in flight
  • Lake Jackson is internationally known for sport fishing and its trophy largemouth bass.
  • Lake Jackson is a shallow, flat bottomed water body with two major depressions or sink holes, approximately 28-feet in depth.
  • The sinkholes are often a source of extreme water loss in the lake. The sinkholes are generally partially or completely plugged with sediments, but collapse when groundwater levels drop, allowing lake water to funnel into the aquifer, often dramatically lowering the water level.
  • More than eight centuries ago, Native Americans inhabited the area around Lake Jackson. Six earthen temple mounds and one possible burial mound remain.



Last updated: October 20, 2015

  3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235 Tallahassee, Florida 32399 850-245-2094
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