Dead Lakes State Recreation Area

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Dead Lakes State Recreation Area
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
A map of Florida showing the location of Dead Lakes State Recreation Area
A map of Florida showing the location of Dead Lakes State Recreation Area
Location Gulf County, Florida, US
Nearest city Wewahitchka, FL
Coordinates 30°08′22″N 85°12′02″W / 30.13944°N 85.20056°W / 30.13944; -85.20056Coordinates: 30°08′22″N 85°12′02″W / 30.13944°N 85.20056°W / 30.13944; -85.20056[1]
Area 83 acres (34 ha)[2]
Governing body Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Dead Lakes State Recreation Area is a Florida protected area located 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Wewahitchka off Florida State Road 71 and southwest of Tallahassee.[1][3] It was formerly a Florida State Park and originally a fish hatchery operated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission from 1936 until 1951. Activities include hiking, fishing, boating, camping, and wildlife viewing. Among the wildlife of the park are foxes, cotton rats, raccoons, opossums, white-tailed deer, rabbits, skunk, beavers, turtles, snakes and alligators.[2] A variety of trees can be found in the park, including longleaf pine, magnolia and bald cypress trees. Amenities include a boat ramp, fresh water trails, nature trails, and a camping area. The recreation area is open from 8:00 am until sunset year-round.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dead Lakes State Park". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Dead Lakes State Recreation Area". Wildernet. Archived from the original on June 22, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Dead Lakes Recreation Area". Gulf County Tourist Development Council. Archived from the original on June 22, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2014.