Lake Talquin, Florida, USA

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Lake Talquin, 8,800 acres of sparkling Florida water, is conveniently located just a few miles west of Tallahassee. The Florida Power Corporation created Lake Talquin in 1929 by constructing the Jackson Bluff Dam and hydroelectric plant and impounding the Ochlockonee River. The power company operated the facility until 1970, when management was turned over to the Florida Department of Natural Resources (DNR). DNR managed the lake and dam from 1970 to 1981 without producing power. In 1981 the City of Tallahassee began refurbishing the dam and power plant, and the C.H. Corn Hydroelectric Power Generating Plant became operational in 1985, one of only two hydroelectric plants in the state of Florida. Today, the Lake Talquin reservoir is one of northern Florida’s top recreation destinations.

The topography of the greater Lake Talquin area makes nature lovers giddy: rolling hills, towering forests, plunging ravines, and a variety of hardwoods and pines invite almost all of Mother Nature’s kingdom to live here. Wild turkeys cross the roads, defying traffic laws and challenging anyone to get in their way. Our national bird, the powerful bald eagle, swoops through the sky, watching and observing everything on the ground below. Ospreys perch atop their twig nests, calling out not-so-gentle warnings to all who pass too closely. Deer leap gracefully through the forests, giving us a glimpse into their world as they stop to drink from the lake. Life is truly wild at Lake Talquin, as untouched and undisturbed as possible, so take your camera along and capture a few magical moments.

Adjacent to the lake lies Lake Talquin State Forest, a 17,491-acre tract of land dedicated to preserving wildlife and bringing humans a little closer to it. A diverse forest includes longleaf pine, water oak, bald cypress, laurel oak, life oak, loblolly pine, mockernut hickory, red maple, swamp tupelo, and many more species of both hardwood and pine. Beautiful flowering trees, such as dogwood, paint the landscape in spring and summer. Animal life finds refuge here, and even shyer animals like the bobcat and gopher tortoise make their homes at Lake Talquin State Forest.

The state forest offers many recreation activities to the public, the most popular being a combination of hiking and nature study. As you traverse the nature trails, you’ll find yourself with a unique view of nature that only submerging yourself in quiet forest can bring. Equestrians take heart: horseback riding is allowed on the open roads of Lake Talquin State Forest and Ford Braden, which boasts 12 miles of dedicated equestrian trail. Biking is also allowed in the park, though not on designated hiking and riding trails. A 9-mile bike course was created to provided beginners and intermediate riders with an exciting trail that will wind them through the forest.

When you’re finished hiking, biking, and riding, head on over to Lake Talquin; its beautiful blue waters are cool and inviting after physical activity. Take a powerboat, canoe, or kayak out to investigate coves and discover the lake’s secrets. Warm yourself under the sun along the lake’s shores. Enjoy the tranquil beauty all around you. And when you’ve tired yourself out from all the relaxation, take a break for an energy-restoring picnic before heading back out into the waters to enjoy the rest of your day. That’s how it is here at Lake Talquin: peaceful, beautiful, enjoyable. Come and visit!

Things to do at Lake Talquin

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Forest

Fish species found at Lake Talquin

  • Perch

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    Lake Talquin Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: City of Tallahassee

    Surface Area: 8,800 acres

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 69 feet

    Average Depth: 15 feet

    Maximum Depth: 40 feet

    Completion Year: 1929

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    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

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    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

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    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

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    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

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    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

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    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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