|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
4,700 acres of sovereign submerged lands
Aquatic Preserve Manager
3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 235
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Lake Jackson is internationally known for sport fishing and its trophy
Lake Jackson is a shallow, flat bottomed water body with two major depressions
or sink holes, approximately 28-feet in depth.
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.
October 20, 2015
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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