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Three Rivers State Recreation Area
Copyright: - Florida Division of Recreation & Parks
Three Rivers State Recreation Area
Description - This 682 -acre park was acquired in 1955 and occupies two miles of shoreline on Lake Seminole at the Florida-Georgia border. The lake was formed by flooding a vast river swamp when the Jim Woodruff Dam was completed in 1956 for the production of hydroelectricity.

The high hills and many ravines are similar to the Appalachian Mountain Range and have many of the same type plants. These consist primarily of hardwood hammocks and high pineland communities.

Attractions - Three Rivers State Recreation Area has an array of wildlife amid its 682 acres. White-tailed deer, fox squirrel, gray fox, and bobwhite roam through the upland pines mixed with hardwood hammocks. The high pineland is where the endangered gopher tortoise lives.

The lake consists of 37000-acres and extends into Georgia. Alligators as well as snapping turtles are commonly seen around the lake, which is well known for supporting largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, bluegill, speckled perch, and bream.

The park is divided into two sections, an overnight area and a day use area. Each has a walking trail, fishing dock / pier and boat launch. It is along the trails where the leisurely walker will enjoy redbud, dogwood, southern magnolia, and a variety of herb type plants. Birding can be enjoyed most of the winter with the migration of waterfowl on the lake and various songbirds most all the time.

The park does offer canoe rental.

Recreation - The primary recreations enjyed at Three Rivers State Recreation ARea include picnicking, camping, and freshwater fishing.

Climate - The panhandle area of Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The average summer temperatures reach well above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild with temperatures averaging below 52 degrees Fahrenheit (below 11 Celsius). The average precipitation for the panhandle area is more than 60 inches per year. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

Location - Three Rivers State Park is located on State Route 271, two miles north of Sneads.

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Filed By: John L. (Pensacola, FL)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Camped over 4th of July 2003. Experienced lots of rain. Camp sites not that good ( poorly maintained) however river fronts sites are better.Bathrooms very clean & airconditioned. Fishing was excellent. Bring your own boat if possible as canoes tend to stay rented.Plenty to see in a canoe or kayak. Hiking was disapointing.Would reccommend a fall, winter or early spring trip. Much cooler with fewer bugs. I will go back this winter.

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Contact Information:
Three Rivers State Recreation Area, 7908 Three Rivers Park Road , Sneads, FL, 32460, Phone: 850-482-9006

Additional Information:
Florida Lakes, Rivers & Springs - The lakes, rivers and springs in Florida range from huge fresh water lakes to spring-fed serpentine rivers to year-round naturally warm swimming holes.
Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.
Northwest Florida - Sugar white sand, emerald green waters, intriguing geological formations, natural springs, rich history, charming villages, miles of caves, and yearly festivals come together offering the vacationer endless outdoor recreation in Northwest Florida.

Florida Division of Recreation & Parks - Official agency website.


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