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Lake Talquin
viewed from Wallwood Scout Camp on the north shore, looking to the northeast (October 2007)
outline
Location north Florida
Coordinates 30°23′19″N 84°38′48″W / 30.38861°N 84.64667°W / 30.38861; -84.64667Coordinates: 30°23′19″N 84°38′48″W / 30.38861°N 84.64667°W / 30.38861; -84.64667
Lake type reservoir
Primary inflows Ochlockonee River
Primary outflows Ochlockonee River
Basin countries United States

Lake Talquin is a reservoir located on the Ochlockonee River between Leon County and Gadsden County in north Florida. The lake, located about 10 miles (15 km) west of Tallahassee, is south of Interstate 10 and bordered by State Road 20 on the east and State Road 267 on the west.

The lake was created by the construction of the Talquin Dam, and used for the generation of hydroelectric power. The name Talquin is a contraction of the cities the lake lies between, Tallahassee and Quincy.

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History

In 1927 the Jackson Bluff Dam was constructed on the Ochlockonee River to produce hydroelectric power. The waters held back by the dam formed Lake Talquin.

In 1971, approximately 20,000 acres (80 km²) of uplands and 10,000 acres (40 km²) of lake bottom were donated by the Florida Power Corporation to the State of Florida to form Lake Talquin State Recreation Area. Much of the shore of the lake is part of Lake Talquin State Park, one of Florida's State Parks. The waters that now cover Lake Talquin’s floodplain are shallow except along the old channel of the river. The abundance of dead trees and stumps scattered about are reminders of the rich floodplain forest that once covered the area before the lake was formed. Most of the stumps can be found right under the water on the eastern end of the lake causing problems for boaters.

Vegetation

The area has forests of pines and hardwoods including Sweetgum and a variety of Oaks.

Topography

Rolling hills and deep ravines.

Wildlife

Eastern Gray Squirrel, Wild Turkey, Bald eagles, Ospreys, Alligators and Deer.

Recreation

Lake Talquin State Park encompasses much of the southern and southwestern shores of the lake, with many boat landings and picnic areas, including Rock Bluff Recreation Area in [[Leon County, Florida|Leon County]. There are facilities for private picnics, parties, family reunions, weddings and receptions.

The lake is also home to the Florida State University Crew Club.

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Fishing

Lake Talquin has largemouth and striped bass, crappie, bream, shellcrackers, speckled perch, striped pickerel(commonly called "jack"), gar, and bowfin.

Aerial view of the Ochlockonee River in flood on April 16, 1975 near Bloxham, just southwest of the modern State Highway 20 bridge crossing and the lake Talquin Dam.

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