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Lake Talquin - Birding

Visitors are likely to spot bald eagles and ospreys soaring high above the trees. The occassional woodstork can be seen flying over head.  Your are likely to see great blue herons, great and snowy egrets while enjoying the boardwalk along Lake Talquin.

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Lake Talquin - Canoeing and Kayaking

Bring your canoe or kayak to explore the roughly 10,000-acre lake. Jack Vause landing is operated by Leon County and is located on Jack Vause landing Rd.  The boat launch is approximately 500 yds. to the north of Lake Talquin State Park entrance.  There is no fee to use the county boat launch.  After you are done exploring the lake, come visit Lake Talquin State Park.

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Lake Talquin - Fishing

There is a small dock that provides excellent access to freshwater fishing with common species such as largemouth bass, striped bass, speckled perch, bream and catfish.  Lake Talquin State Park also has a 650 ft. fishing/viewing boardwalk along the shores of Lake Talquin.


All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.  A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

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Lake Talquin - Hiking Nature Trail

Enjoy the 1.2-mile nature trail that winds gently through the upland forest, offering a closer look at the steephead ravine system. In 2011, a  .33-mile spur trail was completed as an Eagle Scout project by Matt Willis and  Scout Troop 114. This spur trail goes to a beautiful bluff overlooking Lake Talquin.

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Lake Talquin - Picnicking

Lake Talquin State Park is an excellent location for private parties, family reunions, weddings and receptions. The picnic pavilion, with a view of the lake in the background, seats approximately 100 people. To the side of the pavilion, under a separate roof, are two barbecue pits that are made of brick and are raised for convenience and ease during cooking. Normal operating hours are from 8:00am - sundown. However, we are pleased to make this facility available for your after-hours occasions. Reservations may be made two weeks in advance of date needed, and is reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the popularity of this facility, we suggest you call for a reservation as soon as possible. Please contact the park office at (850) 922-6007 to reserve this facility.

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Lake Talquin - Tours

Lake Talquin State Park offers a one hour Ranger guided interpretive tour with a two week notice. We can accomodate groups up to 50 people. If your group contains more than 50, or you cannot give us a two week notice, please call the office at (850) 922-6007. We do make every reasonable effort to accomodate all tour groups when the situation allows.

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Lake Talquin - Wildlife Viewing

Deer, squirrel, and wild turkey are seen frequently in the park.