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Lake Jackson Aquatic Preserve Resources of 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


Leon County


5,133 acres of sovereign submerged lands


Travis Mohrman
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.

Archaeological Features

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.

Physical Features

Lake Jackson is an irregularly-shaped shallow water body, underlain by sinkholes in the Tallahassee Hills.

Natural Communities

Lake Jackson Aquatic Preserve is a clastic upland lake with expanses of wet prairie and underlying sinkholes.


  • Native Species
    Lake Jackson supports a myriad of wildlife that is adapted to variable water levels.
  • Invasive Species
    The main invasive threats to Lake Jackson are hydrilla and island apple snail. Alligatorweed, water hyacinch, and Chinese tallow are also present.



Last updated: December 22, 2016

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