Three Rivers State Park
Published: 06/29/11 09:04:59
Three Rivers State Park, located approximately two miles north of Sneads, Florida on Highway 271 (River Road) is on the western bank of Lake Seminole in Jackson County. The Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers of Georgia converge here to form the Apalachicola River of Florida and, with the introduction of the Jim Woodruff Dam in 1957, Lake Seminole was formed.
Lake Seminole, which covers 37,500 acres and has 376 miles of shoreline, covers an area with a rich geological history. The bed of a prehistoric shallow sea with its now fossilized seashells and mostly covered by thousands of years of river sediment, is still occasionally visible in some areas due to limestone uplift. The area is characterized by lime sinks, cypress ponds, hardwood and pine forests, and steep ravines.
This unique topography is home to a variety of plant and animal species. The Florida Torreya tree is found only in this area. The black swamp snake, the map turtle and the gopher tortoise are animal species uniquely found here. Commonly seen around the lake are whitetail deer, fox squirrels, rabbits, opossums, skunks, armadillos, mink, gray fox, bobcats and turkeys. The bald eagle and peregrine falcon are seen during migratory periods. Ospreys can often be seen nesting atop dead trees in the lake.
The area has a rich Native American history and arrowheads can still be found near springs, streams, and swampy areas, or while diving.
The white tail deer, the most abundant large game species in North America, is at home in the Park. Remarkable by the white underside of their tails,their body color is reddish-brown in summer and grayish-brown in winter. Bright white spots are scattered on the coats of juveniles less than 6 months old. Bucks, who grow a new set of antlers each year, can get up to six feet long and weigh up to 300 pounds. Does, the adult females, are smaller. Living primarily in wooded and brushy areas, white-tails are commonly seen in Three Rivers State Park.
We captured this video of some white tails grazing in Lake Seminole in June, 2011.
To honor the millennia of spiritual co-existence of Native Americans and white-tail deer in this area, we have chosen “Deer Spirit” and “Wind Scent” from Deer Dancer by Jessita Reyes and Grupo Yaqui as the musical background for this video. You can find this and more of their music at More On This Album