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A row of aluminum canoes are lined up, ready for a day on Lake Seminole. Fishermen enjoy casting a line into Lake Seminole from their boat. Fishing is a popular pastime at Three Rivers State Park. A gopher tortoise peers at the camera from his restful spot in the grass. A tent is set up under the trees on one of our shady, full facility campsites.
Three Rivers State Park
Sunrise casts soft colors of pink, orange and blue over the calm waters of Lake Seminole. (Photo by Carol Bailey)

History and Culture

The Flint and Chattahoochee rivers combine to form Lake Seminole above the Jim Woodruff Dam. Below the dam, the waters become the mighty Apalachicola River, which flows untamed until it pours into Apalachicola Bay, and eventually, the Gulf of Mexico. The name of the park is a tribute to these three rivers. Construction of the Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam began in 1947. After Lake Seminole was filled to the desired depth, Congress passed a special bill allowing certain property of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to be designated as recreational areas and leased to the state of Florida. Three Rivers became a Florida state park in 1955.

Two park visitors look out over Lake Seminole near the point where the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers converge.

Lake Seminole

Three Rivers State Park is named for the Chattahoochee, Flint and Apalachicola Rivers, all which join Lake Seminole. The lake and natural features in the park make it an ideal place to fish, camp and hike, as well as relax and enjoy the view.

Two women enjoy a sunny day fishing from a boat on Lake Seminole.

Fishing

Fishing on Lake Seminole has always been a great way to spend time at the park, whether it is done from land or boat. Largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, bluegill, speckled perch and bream are among the fish that might be landed by a lucky angler.

Park staff greet campers at the entrance station at Three Rivers State Park.

Entrance

Early in the park's history, a need for camping facilities was recognized and incorporated into the park's master plan. Camping has remained a major attraction at this scenic park. This photograph, taken in the late 1960s or early 1970s, shows campers arriving at the park's entrance.

A brick bathhouse at the Highlands Group Camp is shaded by many beautiful trees.

Bathhouse

This historic photograph of a bathhouse at Three Rivers demonstrates how well buildings at the park are integrated into the natural surroundings. This building, constructed in 1965, is still in use and located in the Highlands Group Camp area of the park.

Adults push children on the swings at the park's playground in the shade of large trees and with Lake Seminole in the background.

Playground

Children have enjoyed the park's playground for many years as this 1985 photo can attest. The playground is located near the park's picnic area on the shores of Lake Seminole. (Photo by Bill Maphis)