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Lake Jackson Aquatic Preserve What's New

"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


5100 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.

FWC Wants Your Input on Aquatic Plant Management on Lake Jackson

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting a public meeting to discuss future management plans for aquatic plant species on Lake Jackson.

The meeting will include:

  • Public comment opportunities.
  • FWC staff answering questions.
  • Information on how you can get involved.

Anyone who lives, works, or recreates near Lake Jackson is invited to attend. Let your voice be heard!

Meeting Location and Date

Tuesday, February 3, 6:30 pm

Lake Jackson Community Center
3840 N. Monroe Street, Suite 301
Tallahassee, FL

For more information, contact:

Derek Fussell
Invasive Plant Management Biologist

Last updated: January 22, 2015

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