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Lake Jackson Aquatic Preserve

"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

Lake Jackson, reflecting the clouds

Key Accomplishments

  • The drawdown in Lake Jackson was an opportunity to dredge the muck on the bottom that had picked up contaminants from runoff from the adjacent development.
  • Review of permits for projects to better protect the aquatic preserve including:
    • a stormwater drainage pond to better protect the lake from the side-effects of development
    • exotic plant removal in the adjoining uplands.
 Quick Facts about Lake Jackson Aquatic Preserve
Map of Lake Jackson Aquatic Preserve


Leon County


5100 acres of sovereign submerged lands


Penny Isom - Penny.Isom@dep.state.fl.us
Aquatic Preserve Manager
3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 235
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 245-2094


Further information about Lake Jackson Aquatic Preserve

Lake Jackson Aquatic Preserve Management Plan

White ibises

White ibises

Waters draining into the sinkhole

Lake waters draining into Porter Sink

Lilypads and marsh

Lilypads and marsh occupy much of the nearshore waters

Aerial view of Lake Jackson

Aerial view of Lake Jackson and the highway separating it

Last updated: December 17, 2014

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