Lake Munson

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Lake Munson
Lake Munson.jpg
Location Leon County, Florida
Coordinates 30°22′08″N 84°18′29″W / 30.3689°N 84.3081°W / 30.3689; -84.3081Coordinates: 30°22′08″N 84°18′29″W / 30.3689°N 84.3081°W / 30.3689; -84.3081
Type Impoundment
Primary inflows Munson Slough
Primary outflows Munson Slough
Catchment area 69.3 mi2 (179.5 km2)
Basin countries United States
Surface area 255 acres (103 ha)
Settlements Tallahassee

Lake Munson is a shallow reservoir on the southeast side of Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida.

Historically known as Munson's Mill Pond as early as the 1840s, in 1950 a permanent dam was constructed.[1] From 1934 to 1984, Lake Munson received outflow from the Tallahassee waste water system, leading in 1982 to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection classifying the lake as hypereutrophic and as the seventh most degraded lake in Florida.[1]

Cypress and willow trees line the lake, and egrets, wood storks, and limpkin are often found foraging along the shoreline, often on invasive apple snails.[2] Bass fishing in the lake can be excellent, and a boat ramp is provided at the Gil A. Waters Lake Munson Preserve Park,[3] with another located at the dam.[4]

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  1. ^ a b McGlynn, Sean E. (2003). "Lake Munson" (PDF). Leon County Lakes Ecology. Section 8. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  2. ^ J. van Dyke, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, personal communication, In: Benson, A. J. 2008. Pomacea insularum. USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL. <"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2014-02-14. > Revision Date: 8/14/2007.
  3. ^ Candrian, Andrea (22 April 2008). "Lake Munson Preserve Renamed". WCTV. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Lake Munson". Visit Tallahassee. Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 

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