|Lake Jackson Aquatic Preserve
||Resources of Lake Jackson Aquatic
"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
Point of Contact
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.
Lake Jackson has been an important resource to communities since 1200 A.D. A large mound,
preserved in a state park, dates back to that era.
Lake Jackson is an irregularly-shaped shallow water body, underlain by sinkholes in the
Lake Jackson Aquatic Preserve is a clastic upland
lake with expanses of wet prairie and underlying
Lake Jackson supports a myriad of wildlife that is
adapted to variable water levels.
The main invasive threats to Lake Jackson are hydrilla
and island apple snail. Alligatorweed, water hyacinch,
and Chinese tallow are also present.
March 22, 2016
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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