Lake Talquin, Florida, USA

Welcome to the ultimate guide to Lake Talquin — things to do, where to stay, fun facts, history, stats and more. Let’s dive in!

Topics we cover in this article:

Looking for Lake Talquin cabins or other accommodations? Save time and use this interactive map to find, compare and book at the best rates. Or explore our comprehensive list of favorite travel partners.

All About Lake Talquin

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
divider

Find Places to Stay at Lake Talquin

If you’re considering a Lake Talquin lake house rental or hotel, we’ve made it super easy to find the best rates and compare vacation accommodations at a glance. Save time using this interactive map below.

Recommended Sites to Book a Lake Talquin Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Lake Talquin lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
ALL TRAVEL RESOURCES

Note: These are affiliate links so we may earn a small commission if you book through them. While there is no extra cost to you, it helps provide resources to keep our site running (thank you)! You can read our full disclosure policy here.

Lake Talquin Statistics & Helpful Links

divider

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

We strive to keep the information on LakeLubbers as accurate as possible. However, if you’ve found something in this article that needs updating, we’d certainly love to hear from you! Please fill out our Content Correction form.

Shop Lake Talquin Gifts

Custom Lake Tumblers

Captain / First Mate Custom 20 oz Tumbler

SHOP NOW
Custom Lake T Shirt

Personalized My Boat My Rules Unisex T-Shirt

SHOP NOW
Custom Lake Coffee Mug - On Lake Time

On Lake Time Custom Coffee Mug – 11oz or 15oz

SHOP NOW
VIEW ALL CUSTOM LAKE PRODUCTS

Advertise Your Lake Talquin Business or Vacation Rental

LakeLubbers will soon offer businesses the opportunity to advertise and homeowners and property managers the ability to showcase their vacation rentals to the thousands of lake lovers searching our site daily. If you would like additional details, please contact our advertising team.

divider

Looking for the Lake Talquin Forum?

LakeLubbers previously offered visitors the ability to create accounts and participate in lake forums. When we overhauled the site’s content management system in 2021 we had to disable those features. We’re evaluating options and welcome your comments and feedback here. We also encourage you to join our lake-lovin’ community on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

Lake Talquin Photo Gallery

New photos coming soon!

Spread the word! Share our Lake Talquin article with your fellow Lake Lubbers!