My husband and I were driving to Cape San Blas, Florida and drove through the Dead Lakes Recreation Area, where we crossed a bridge. I was looking out the window and yelled to my hubby to stop the car. He pulled over and I walked back to the middle of the bridge and took this shot. Centered around a strangely beautiful 6,700-acre lake with dark tannic waters and wizened ancient cypresses, is the Dead Lakes Recreation Area. The lakes were formed when a dam was placed across the Chipola River in 1960 near Wewahitchka. The creation of a Chipola Cutoff canal diverted the riverâ€™s main flow away from the cypress swamp to the Apalachicola River, changing the hydrology of the area. The Dead Lakes Recreation area is more than just one of Floridaâ€™s most intriguing places to paddle. With a campground and hiking trails that wander off into the floodplain, itâ€™s a great weekend destination.