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Dive into Florida's Springlands.

Make A Splash on the Water


Seventy-two degrees. That’s the temperature our spring waters stay 365 days a year. Chilly, but not too chilly — and oh so refreshing, especially in the summer months. In the winter months, there’s not as much swimming and tubing, but you’ll still enjoy kayaking down lazy, spring-fed rivers, and experiencing a different kind of chill. (One that might even require a light jacket.)

Florida’s Springlands has several named springs, a couple of which — Ichetucknee Springs and Ginnie Springs — are renowned throughout the Southeast. Others are more remote and quiet. All of them are wonderful outdoor recreation spots that will enchant you with their scenery and provide you with an unforgettable nature experience. 

Along with springs, Florida’s Springlands are also dotted with freshwater lakes. Some, like Lake Isabella, are part of scenic parks in Lake City, but others  — such as Ocean Pond  — can be found in lush, green Osceola National Forest. Our lakes are perfect for boating, water skiing, swimming, paddle boarding, and fishing. Anglers catch an array of species, including largemouth bass, bluegill, brown trout and a few types of catfish.

When you combine our springs and lakes, Lake City, Florida’s Springlands is simply a watery paradise.

  • Watertown Lake

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    Watertown Lake is a pristine 46-acre lake, full of local species of fish such as bass, blue gill, brim, and more. Watertown Lake features a boat ramp area, parking, and wonderful wildlife viewing. Great for the avid fisherman or a relaxing day on the lake.

  • Suwannee Springs

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    Suwannee Springs is a gorgeous site of natural springs. Six crystal-clear natural springs make up Suwannee Springs and are a delightful place for swimming and snorkeling.

  • Suwannee River Wilderness Trail

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    In contrast to theme parks and beaches lies a rural Florida defined by a river that flows through the cultural and physical landscape of legends and songs that tell the story of Florida: The Suwannee River.

  • Lake Desoto

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    Located in historic downtown Lake City, Lake Desoto has been a gathering place for locals and visitors for many years. Fishing, biking, walking, and picnicking are available here. In addition, a variety of different birds, waterfowl, fish, and other wildlife make this an ideal place for wildlife watching.