Lake Talquin State Park
The construction of Jackson Bluff Dam on the Ochlockonee River in 1927 created the reservoir of Lake Talquin. In 1971, Florida Power Corporation (owners of the hydroelectric facility) donated about 10,000 acres of lake bottom and another 20,000 acres of uplands to Florida to create Lake Talquin State Park. Much of the lake's southern and southwestern shoreline is contained within the state park. For boaters: you need to know that most of the old floodplain here is quite shallow (except along the former river channel) and the dead trees and stumps that were left at the bottom of the lake are still there, just below the water's surface, especially on the eastern end of the lake.
This is an area of rolling hills and deep ravines that still harbor forests of pines and hardwoods like oak and sweetgum. Bald eagles build their nests up high on the bluffs that overlook the lake.
Lake Talquin State Park offers a large, rustic picnic pavilion with a big outdoor grill. There are also nature trails and a walkway that winds along beside the lake. Boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing are available, too. Fishermen are pretty lucky looking for bream, largemouth bass, shellcracker and speckled perch. Among the treed areas you might also find wild turkey, osprey and white-tailed deer.
This park is day use only and day use hours run from 8 am to sunset, 365 days a year.
Florida State Parks: Lake Talquin State Park
- Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
- Apalachee Savannahs Scenic Byway
- Apalachicola National Forest
- Bald Point State Park
- Big Bend Scenic Byway
- Bradwell Bay Wilderness
- Camp Helen State Park
- Constitution Convention Museum State Park
- Econfina River State Park
- Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
- Falling Waters State Park
- Florida Caverns State Park
- Fort Gadsden Historic Site
- John Gorrie Museum State Park
- Lake Jackson Mounds State Park
- Lake Talquin State Forest
- Lake Talquin State Park
- Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park
- Mud Swamp-New River Wilderness
- Natural Bridge Battlefield State Park
- Ochlocknee River State Park
- Orman House State Park
- Pine Log State Forest