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Dead Lakes State Recreation Area
Copyright: - Florida Division of Recreation & Parks
Dead Lakes State Recreation Area
Description - Before the Department of Natural Resources subleased this 83-acre area from the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission in 1974, the land had a diverse history. From 1936 until 1951, the Game Commission operated the area as a fish hatchery. Two ponds and one of the two houses built for the resident biologist in 1936 still remains. In the 1950s, turpentine was the major industry. A still was located just beyond the park boundary; and some of the trees within the park show "cat faces" where the turpentine was drawn out.

The primary plant communities found at Dead Lakes are the river sways to the east, swamp forest to the north and pine flatwood to the south and west. Former residents of the area introduced nonnative plants, which can still be found in the park; but, in keeping with Florida Park Service land management philosophy, the practice of removing the exotic plants to make room for native plants is ongoing.

Attractions - Dead Lakes is reported to have been formed when sand bars created by the current of the Apalachicola River blocked the Chipola River. The ensuing high water killed thousands of trees in the floodplain, giving the area its name. The uplands are covered mainly by longleaf pines, with sweetbay, magnolia and cypress trees bordering wetlands. Animal life includes foxes, cotton rats, raccoons, opossums, deer, rabbits, skunks, beavers, turtles, snakes, and alligators. Dead Lakes offers fishing, boating, camping and nature study. A boat ramp is available.

Recreation - Dead Lakes State Recreation Area offers camping, hiking, boating, canoeing, picnicking, and fishing.

Climate - The panhandle area of Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The average summer temperatures reach well above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild with temperatures averaging below 52 degrees Fahrenheit (below 11 Celsius). The average precipitation for the panhandle area is more than 60 inches per year. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

Location - Dead Lakes State Recreation Area is located in northwest Florida, one mile north of Wewahitchka on S.R. 71 and southwest of Tallahassee.

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Filed By: Thelma Pauline Nunery
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: There is no other place on Earth I had rather be, than back in Wewa.To live there and to "FEEL" the feelings of serene and peace, I shall always remember.To once more go fishing on those Dead Lakes or the Chipolla River.. pure and simple joy.I will never,ever, forget, that simple,humble little home,there on the Dead Lakes,where the happiest memory is that water.never fear,or worry..just serenty and happy times.Oh,to live those days again!I know you all will never forget Daddy or Ross..Fishing Guides,until Daddy went to work for Sheriff Parker.. and those aligator hunts.. wow and wow..If you all need a spokes person up there at the Chamber for Wewa. ..I will be ever so happy to bring the people there during Tupelo Honey time and The Fishing and REA Day. Blessings from Thelma. ~~

Filed By: Thelma Pauline Nunery Layfield (Port St.Joe,Florida, Florida)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Please allow me the honor of telling you about Wewahitchka..this is "God's Country..untouched and always and forever the same..I know..I was born there..almost 67 years ago...the most beautiful place in the world..my knowledge of "WEWA" and The RIVERS and Lakes..Woods and the wonderful People are all wrapped up in my happiest memories..nothing or nowhere can compare to the serenty of the Dead Lakes at Dawn and Sundown..or The Rushing ,sweetness of the River at the midnight hour...I have lived them all..a trip into the lovely woods of nature..all the love of GOD is Pictured There...I will always LOVE and Treasure Wewahitchka,Florida..Dead Lakes..Rivers..Forest and wildlife..fishing from the hill..and cooking then right there..UMMMM..I want to go back home....Thank God..I found this site..so I can write my feelings of Wewahitchka,Florida..USA..Down..God Bless America and God Bless "WEWA".

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Contact Information:
Dead Lakes State Recreation Area, P.O. Box 989 , Wewahitchka, FL, 32465, Phone: 850-639-2702

Additional Information:
Florida Lakes, Rivers & Springs - The lakes, rivers and springs in Florida range from huge fresh water lakes to spring-fed serpentine rivers to year-round naturally warm swimming holes.
Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.
Northwest Florida - Sugar white sand, emerald green waters, intriguing geological formations, natural springs, rich history, charming villages, miles of caves, and yearly festivals come together offering the vacationer endless outdoor recreation in Northwest Florida.

Florida Division of Recreation & Parks - Official agency website.


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