Lake Seminole at Three Rivers

A view of lake seminole and the vegetation around it.

Where the Flint River, Chattahoochee River and Apalachicola River meet creates the expansive stretch of water known as Lake Seminole.

The lake is a spectacular 37,500 acres and borders Florida, Georgia and Alabama. The name was chosen due to the fact that the Seminole Native Americans lived in the area thousands of years ago.

Since this lake is manmade, it has quite a unique history. At the bottom of the lake lies the remains of Fort Scott, a fort built in 1816 to defend the border from the Spanish. Use for the fort ceased in 1821 when Florida became a U.S. territory, and was thus abandoned. The lake was filled 1958 by the Army Corps of Engineers after the construction of the Jim Woodruff Dam.

The lake itself is teeming with many varieties of fish including black crappie, striped bass, chain pickerel and bluegill. Various waterfowl can be seen diving in and out of the lake, being careful to avoid the alligators that can be seen floating around the lake. The area around the lake is a mix of pines and hardwood, making this an excellent habitat for a variety of songbirds. The lake also hosts a large assortment of plants. Along the shallow shore you can most often see hydrilla, with waterlilies, cattails and pondweeds being see further out.