Lake Talquin State Park
Lake Talquin State Park, and Lake Talquin State Forest, both of which protect the shore of Lake Talquin in northern Florida southeast of Talahassee, are not technically part of the Nature Coast counties. But the recreation and vacation resources in these areas are too good not to mention. Lake Talquin State Park, along the south shore of Lake Talquin, is in Leon County.

Lake Talquin is a reservoir that was formed by the damming of the Ochlockonee River in 1927. It derives its name from two nearby cities; Talahassee and Quincy. The state park was founded in 1970 when the land was donated by Florida Power Corporation. The lake, which is roughly 14½ miles in length, has high bluffs along much of its shoreline. The State Park protects more than 2 miles of the lake shore, and includes a 700 foot long boardwalk along the lakefront that offers stunning views of Lake Talquin.

Powerboat and kayak/canoe access is available at a boat ramp and launch site at the north end of Jack Vause Landing Road within the park. The 10,000 acre lake offers plenty of places to explore and fish. Boaters should beware that the flood plain of the lake is relatively shallow except along the original river channel, and there are many stumps that are submerged just below the surface of the water.

Lake Talquin State Park is actually composed of three disconnected sectons. The primary public portion of the park covers 382 acres along the south shore of the lake. There is another 42 acre tract south of Polk Creek that has no vehicular access, and a 125 acre parcel that includes the land occupied by the dam at the far western side of the lake. Public access is not permitted at the site of the hydroelectric dam.

Entrance to the public section of Lake Talquin State Park is from Jack Vause Landing Road, which runs north from State Road 20 west of Talahassee. In addition to the boardwalk, the park has a 1½ mile nature trail that winds through the upload forest providing views of the ravines aurrounding the lake. A picnic area that includes a 100-seat pavilion and barbecue grills, are also available.
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