Where Florida meets the southwest corner of Georgia, the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers converge to form Lake Seminole, where Three Rivers State Park is tucked away. Here is some of the best freshwater fishing in the state. Hike short trails catch sight of Fox Squirrels, White-Tailed Deer, Gray Foxes. Also spot species of native and migratory birds. In the springtime, these slope forests are covered with the blooms of thousands of Trilliums and White Lilies. These are joined soon after by the tubular red flowers of Red Buckeye, which catch the attention of both people and hummingbirds. Three Rivers State Park offers more than good fishing, click here to learn more.
The Jim Woodruff Lock & Dam Project was the first of three locks and dams constructed for navigation, hydro-power, recreation, and related purposes on the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint River systems. Lake Seminole borders both Georgia and Florida and has 37,500 acres of water and over 18,000 acres of surrounding land. Lake Seminole is known as one of the best sites for sports fishing in America. Extensive stump and grass beds provide abundant cover where anglers battle Lunker Largemouth, Scrappy Hybrid, Striped, and White Bass. Sizable populations of Catfish, Crappie, and Bream are also present. All in all, over 79 species of fish have been identified.
Located in Holmes County near Westville, Lake Victor is filled with trophy largemouth bass fished annually in the spring and early summer. It is a 130-acre fish management area. The reservoir lake is home to channel catfish, and for Bluegill (Bream) and Redear (Shellcracker). Plan to catch the limit in mid-May to July. The landing offers a picturesque view of the lake, a short boardwalk, and dock.
Sneads Park is a city park on Lake Seminole with spectacular views of the large lake. The majestic canopy oak trees are sprawled throughout the park providing shade for picnics and casting from shore. The landing is busy on the weekends with anglers launching for a bass tournament. The Town of Sneads operates this park.
This is probably the most photographed coastal dune lake with a backdrop of tall spindly Slash Pines. The unique dune lakes are found in only a few locations worldwide, here in Walton County and Africa. They are intimately connected to the sea through an inflow/outflow channel. However, the outflow does not exchange water all of the time; the actions of sand, wind, and tides cyclically close off the outflow while rainfall and ground seepage increase the fresh water. Eventually, high water forces open the channel again and a more tidal exchange begins to take place. At 214 acres, Western Lake is one of the larger dune lakes. These waterways have the highest occurrences of rare wildlife species in the state, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Grayton Beach State Park offers canoe rentals for direct access to Western Lake.
Wright Lake Recreation Area
Just north of East point in Franklin County is Wright Lake. From Hickory Landing, 101-A leads to Wright Lake with camping, picnic tables, trailer space and dump station, restrooms, showers, fishing, swimming, hiking, and nature trails. Wright Lake is handicapped accessible and both facilities have entrance fees.
Camel Lake Recreation Area
The Apalachicola National Forest is the largest U.S. National Forest in Florida. It encompasses 632,890 acres and is the only National Forest located in the Florida Panhandle. The forest provides water- and land-based outdoors activities such as off-road biking, hiking, swimming, boating, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and off-road ATV usage. The Camel Lake Recreational Area includes a one mile hike on the Florida National Scenic Trail, including a campground, restroom facilities, picnic areas, and benches with a view of Camel Lake, a spring-fed lake which is very popular in warm months.