Dead Lakes Recreation Area

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS REBEL T1i
State/Province/Region
FL
Country
US
Town
Wewahitchka
Brief Directions

The park is off SR 71 just north of Wewahitchka on State Park Rd, south of Blountstown.

Description

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 river’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 Florida’s most intriguing places to paddle. With a campground and hiking trails that wander off into the floodplain, it’s a great weekend destination.

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Date Added
February 1, 2016
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February 1, 2016

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