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Columbia County, Florida, appraisals of potentials for outdoor recreation developments

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APPRAISALS F POTENTIALS
FOR
OUTDOOR RECREATION DEVELOPME1 TS




CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION ............................................
RATINGS FOR POTENTIAL RECREATIONAL USES ........................
DISTANCE MAP ........................................ 2
POTENTIAL RECREATIONAL USES
VACATION CABINS, COTTAGES, AND HOMESITES .................. 3
CAMPING GROUNDS ...................................... ; .... 3
PICNIC AND FIELD SPORT AREAS .............................. 4
FISHING WATERS ............................................ 5
RIDING STABLES ............................................ 6
GOLF COURSES .............................................. 6
HUNTING AREAS ............................................. 7
SHOOTING PRESERVES ........................................ 9
WATER SPORTS AREAS ........................................ 9
NATURAL, SCENIC, AND HISTORICAL AREAS .................... 10
INVENTORY OF NATURAL, SCENIC & HISTORIC AREAS ................. 12
INVENTORY OF POTENTIAL IMPOUNDMENT SITES ...................... 14
DEGREE OF LIMITATION FOR SELECTED RECREATIONAL AND
ASSOCIATED USES .......................................... 15
RECREATIONAL APPRAISAL COMMITTEE .............................. 16
INVENTORY OF LAKES, PONDS, RESERVOIRS, AND STREAMS ............ 17




INTRODUCTION
The need for outdoor recreation developments in Columbia County is increasing steadily. More people are demanding that facilities be developed for use by residents of this and surrounding areas. This demand is the result of increasing population, expansion of urban areas, and more leisure time.
People with greater spendable income and more leisure time are looking for better facilities to accomplish their desires for more time in the great outdoors. Space for hiking, camping, fishing, swimming., hunting, nature studies, and other forms of outdoor recreation are needed. Young and old alike are looking for health and happiness in outdoor recreation.
Local, state, and federal governmental bodies and private
organizations and groups are striving to meet the demand for recreational development. One of the primary difficulties is the lack of information on resources available. Even where information is available, a knowledge of the potential for developing these resources is lacking.
To identify and emphasize the potential of ten different types of recreational enterprises, a local committee initiated a study within the County. The committee was composed of representatives of county, state, and federal agencies along with people from local and regional private organizations. These people provided the information contained in this summary.




Basic information was gathered for use by the committee in
making the appraisal. Included were soils, rural ownership, and land use. Also recorded were bodies of water, population in the County and in nearby urban centers, age groups, roads, and climate and rainfall data. All of this was involved as part of the resources use which determines recreational potential.
The appraisal shows that Columbia County is in an ideal location to provide recreation needs for large population centers nearby. The Interstate Highway System plus a number of other federal and state highways will offer opportunities for access to areas which have potential for development.




RATINGS FOR POTENTIAL RECREATIONAL USES
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VACATION CABINS, COTTAGES, AND HOMESITES
Numerous lakes and several scenic rivers are present within Columbia County. These bodies of water can be used for that isolated weekend cabin, long the dream for many city dwellers. The famous Suwannee River adds to the charm and utility of having a cabin, cottage, or homesite in this area.
Ideal climate, beautiful scenery, natural undisturbed areas, and comparatively easy access makes the County particularly desirable for this type of enterprise. The peaceful calm is ideal for those wishing to escape from the hustle and bustle of big city life.
Many areas are still undeveloped for this type of resource development. However, the potential is considered high in Columbia County for vacation cabins, cottages, and homesites.
CAMPING GROUNDS
Camping is becoming more popular every year. The demand for space already exceeds the existing facilities in many areas. For use in this appraisal, types of camping are divided into three categories:
1. Vacation camping ordinarily a type in which the campers
stay at the same site for several days at a time.
2. Canoe or boat camping travel into an area of natural
streams or lakes which has scenic value.
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3. Transient camping usually overnight camping only.
Columbia County has excellent access roads for this type of recreational facility. Two interstate highways, the north-south 1-75, and the east-west I-10 intersect in the County. Other major access roads are U. S. Highways 27, 41, 90, and 441. Good state highways connect with these to form an excellent road system. These make the transient camping potential rate quite high.
The presence of two rivers, the Santa Fe and the Suwannee, plus numerous lakes make canoe or boat camping a distinct possibility. Much beautiful scenery shapes a high potential rate for this type camping. The immediate future will undoubtedly show that camping by boat will increase greatly in the County.
Vacation camping does not show a potential as high as the
other two types; however, future appraisals will probably show a great increase in this type, especially as more sites are developed.
PICNIC AND FIELD SPORT AREAS
Field sport areas are those developed for concentrated outdoor play activities other than golf and water sports. They include developments such as diamonds, courts, tracks, and similar facilities to be used for competitive games. Field sport areas would also include facilities for the shooting sports such as rifle, shotgun, pistol, and ar chery ranges. Columbia County has a medium potential for these sports because of population demand and available locations.
Bicycling was also noted. The present lack of suitable trails is not particularly adaptable for this pastime. However, it is felt that
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future recreational demand will produce a medium potential for proper facilities in the County.
Picknicking seems to be an increasingly popular activity and the
potential within the County is high. Numerous lakes along with Ttchetucknee Springs and the Suwannee and Santa Fe Rivers have ideal locations for development into picnic areas. The natural attractiveness of the County plus the increasing desire for people to "get into the country" make development of this type facility very desirable.
FISHING WATERS
The fresh water fisherman has access to approximately 1,369 acres of public lakes and/or ponds and 74 miles of rivers in Columbia County. The lakes and ponds are found distributed throughout the County and range in size from 6 to 300 acres. Approximately 39 miles of the Suwannee River comprise a portion of the northwest county line bordering Hamilton County. The Santa Fe is a tributary of the Suwannee and forms the southern county boundary separating Columbia and Gilchrish Counties, while the Itchetucknee establishes about five miles of the southwestern Columbia-Suwannee County border.
The water levels of most of these waters is variable depending on annual rainfall, therefore, rendering fishing in the rivers primarily seasonal.
Bass and bream, are the usual catch in the lakes and ponds, while the Santa Fe and Suwannee Rivers are famous for channel catfish.
The Came and Fresh Water Fish Commission maintains one Fish Management Area in Columbia County, Watertown Lake. This 44-acre lake
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is maintained by the Commission under its management program which includes providing public access, restocking, and aquatic weed control.
A high medium potential for development of these and other fishing waters exists within this County.
RIDING STABLES
Horseback riding is a growing recreational enterprise in this area. Stables now operating in the area provide Quarter Horse rides for adults and pony rides for children.
Desirable scenic natural areas are available on both private and public lands for riding stables with adjoining trail ride areas.
Due to the year-round good climate, the income level for people living in the area, and our proximity to population centers plus a fair rating from other key elements concerned, this kind of recreational enterprise for Columbia County has been placed in the high medium potential bracket for future development.
GOLF COURSES
Lake City presently has a nine-hole course, on the Southeast side of the City, located on extremely rolling terrain on the eastern bank of Alligator Lake. It is a private country club of over 200 members, with tennis courts, swimming pool, cocktail lounge, and clubhouse facilities. This course was constructed in 1925 and has served the fast growing community well until the past several years.
The construction of a new 18-hole layout was begun in December 1968. It is located three miles west of the City adjacent to U. S. 90
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and 1-75 intersection, which is served by a complex of many motels, restaurants, and service areas. The terrain for the new course is quite rolling, going from its low point of 100' above sea level to a high of 155' at the clubhouse site. The new link will feature tall trees and moderately large greens and will play from the short measure of 6,300 yards to a maximum of 6,800 yards for the championship play. Several holes will play along the western shores of Lake Harris and will require extreme accuracy to negotiate successfully.
It is anticipated that the new clubhouse and golf course will be ready for use very early in the summer of 1970 and will accommodate the proposed membership of 300 very nicely.
The potential for development of this and other golfing facilities is high. Many players come from the large population centers to play on the courses in Columbia and surrounding counties. This, plus the transient patrons of the many motels, promises a bright future.
HUNTING AREAS
Hunting is a very popular sport in Columbia County at the
present time. Many people from outside the County come in during the season to take advantage of the abundance of game. This trend will increase greatly as the population of nearby urban centers continues to rise. For the purpose of this appraisal, the hunting areas are divided into three categories:
1. Small game quail, dove, and squirrel.
2. Big game turkey, deer, and bear.
3. Waterfowl ducks and most other migratory birds.
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The potential for small game hunting is high for the County.
open land agriculture is practiced on large areas, and this is conducive to good quail and dove hunting. An abundance of field borders and other cover adds to the potential. Squirrels are not quite as abundant, but numerous low-lying hammocks and swamps add to the potential. Open woodlands also add to the future of small game hunting.
Big game hunting is increasing in importance in Columbia County. The large areas of woodland in the northern part of the County abound in deer with quite a large number of bear and turkeys. The Osceola National Forest, 75,000 acres in Columbia County, is a well-stocked area. Hunters come from hundreds of miles away to camp and hunt big game here. The Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission manages about 90,000 acres of the total 157,000 acres of the Osceola National Forest. This adds to the available big game population. Special hunts are conducted with bow and arrow hunting, an attractive feature.
Potentially, big game hunting in the County is rated as very
high. The future should be bright for drawing hunters from urban centers and from within the County.
Waterfowl are not as abundant as other game for hunting within the County. Lack of sizeable areas of open water realize only' a medium potential for this type hunting. A few wood ducks and other birds are available along the rivers. Several large lakes within the County need to be stabilized to assure a more attractive nesting place for migratory birds.
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SHOOTING PRESERVES
There are no commercial shooting preserves in Columbia County. However, the Appraisal Committee rated the potential high for this enterprise.
Regulations of the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission require that a private shooting preserve may not consist of more than 1,000 acres. Of utmost importance to the prospective preserve operator would be the selection of the proper type game habitat for establishing a shooting preserve. As a general rule, game species hunted on a shooting preserve are quail, pheasant, chukar, and mallard duck. From this list one can visualize the necessity of several types of habitat combined on a relatively small parcel of land.
Although the potential is high, a prospective shooting preserve owner should appreciate the fact that this type of enterprise is complicated and demanding. Once properly established, though, it could prove to be an economic success because of the demand by the urban population for the pleasure of hunting. As the urban population increases, so will the demand for hunting areas of this type.
WATER SPORTS AREAS
Water sports areas for swimming, boating, water skiing, and skin diving are very popular. The demand for such areas is high and the need for appraising future growth potential is important.
In considering the available water areas in the County, the Appraisal Committee gave it a medium rating for future development.
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NATURAL, SCENIC, AND HISTORICAL AREAS Columbia County is filled with areas of natural, scenic, and/or historical significance. Most of these are either undeveloped or practically inaccessible at the present time. However, the potential for developing all three types is quite high.
Due to the relatively small population, some almost natural
areas are still present. These are areas with aesthetic, scientific, wild, or undisturbed value. Along the rivers are areas which are relatively undisturbed and present a natural attractiveness that beckons to the citizen who "wants to get away from it all." Some of these areas can be developed further to be used as "natural" areas far into the future.
Scenic areas, those valued for their beauty, abound within the County. Ichetucknee Springs and River are beautiful all year long, and the view along the Suwannee and Santa Fe Rivers is breathtaking. Some of the rolling farm land makes an unforgetable sight to the city dweller. Numerous geological formations and abundant nature trails add to the scenic beauty of the area. Development of more such areas can add to the attractiveness of the County for visitors.
Few historical areas have been developed within the County; yet, the area is full of history. The Spanish established a mission, Santa Catalina, on the Ichetucknee River in 1608. A lengthy section of the Old Bellamy Road, the first complete through road in Florida, includes a natural bridge over the Santa Fe River. Indians lived within the County and left numerous artifacts, some of which have been found.
Many other sites of historical value are here but have not been
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developed. These could be made into attractions to draw people to the area. Several buildings in populated areas should be restored to their original beauty. Much work can be done to turn these sites and structures into assets for the County.




INVENTORY OF NATURAL, SCENIC & HISTORIC AREAS
Date of Inventory 3-29-68 In Columbia County of the Santa Fe Soil (and Water) Conservation District Florida State
Location
Name or iden- Type of Size of Area Description of Area Present use
tiyo h raTownship Highway of Area
tity of the Area (Name) (No. and Miles)
Area
Suwannee River Scenic and Entire Length Accessible by Length 39 mi. by Winding stream of dark water Boating,
Natural SR-6 & US-41 & average width of with cypress along edges. canoeing,
unimproved roads 100 ft. scenic,
:from graded roads historic
at various locations
Big Shoals on Scenic and S2 T2S R16E Access by unim- Protruding ledge An area of rock protruding from No public
Suwannee River Natural proved road 3.5 of rock across stream bottom and which water access from
mi. N. of N. end river 50' wide falls over. land. Hisof SR-131 through toric &
private property scenic area
Camp O',Leno Scenic S2 T7S R17E US-41 3 mi. by 800 acres Rustic type cottages; swinging Scenic, hisPark hard surfaced bridge across Santa Fe River; toric, picpark road winding stream of dark water nicking,
with cypress & other trees camping,
present along stream edges. trails &
_ _swimming
Itchetucknee Scenic and S7 T6S RI7E SR-238 from SR-47 -acre area of Deep, clear "boil" of water Historic,
Springs' Natural spring which makes up Itchetucknee scenic, swimRiver. ming, picnicking & tubing




INVENTORY OF NATURAL, SCENIC & HISTORIC AREAS (Continued)
Date of Inventory 3-29-68 In Columbia County of the Santa Fe Soil (and Water) Conservation District Florida State
Location
Name or iden- Type of Size of Area Description of Area Present use
tity of the Area Township Highway of Area
Area (Name) (No. and Miles)
Santa Fe River Scenic and Entire Length Accessible by 30 mi. Length Winding stream with cypress and Fishing,
& Springs Natural US-41, US-27, other growth along banks; a boating,SR-47 & a number number of springs located along swimming,
of graded roads River. some irrigawith unimproved tion
trails leading
off
Ogden Lake Scenic S24 T3S R15E Access by farm 100 acre lake, Large lake with rolling improved Fishing, some
roads from US-90 20 acre area N. pastureland on west side. A irrigation
& SR-135 side of lake in 20-acre woodland N. of Lake is
dogwood is partially dogwood whichmakes
beautiful scenery when in bloom.
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INVENTORY OF POTENTIAL IMPOUNDMENT SITES
Date of Inventory 3-29-68 In Columbia County of the Santa Fe Soil (and Water) Conservation District Florida State
Identity of Site Location Estimated qoirce and Condition of Water Present Use
Size
Drainage Area Flow
Name
Area
John Giebeig S24 T3S RI6E 6 Acre 800 Acre Continuous flow of water; spring Woodland & pasture
fed.
Willard Graham S20 T6S RI8E 10 Acre 200 Acre Periodic seasonal water flow. Woodland, pasture,
and cropland




DEGREE OF LIMITATION FOR SELECTED RECREATIONAL AND ASSOCIATED USES, AND THE CHIEF LIMITING PROPERTIES BY SOIL ASSOCIATIONS, COLUMBIA COUNTY, FLORIDA
BUILDING LANDSCAPING SANITATION TRANSPORTATION RECREATION
CONSTRUCTION
Soil Highways Dirt Roads
Association Major Soils in Footings & Lawns & Septic Land & Paved & Unpaved Camp & Golf Play Hunting Paths &
Number Soil Association Foundations Ornamentals Tanks Fills Parking Areas Parking Areas Picnic Sites Fairways Grounds Areas Trails
3 Troup Slight Moderate Slight Slight Slight Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate
Lakeland
4 Chipley Slight Moderate Slight Slight Slight Moderate Moderate Moderate Slight Slight Mcderate
Chiefland
5 Arredondo Slight Moderate Slight Slight Slight Moderate Slight Slight Moderate Slight Slizht
Gainesville
9 Hernando Moderate Slight Severe Slight Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Slight Moderate
Archer
Chiefland
12 Chipley Slight Moderate Slight Slight Slight Moderate Moderate Moderate Slight Slight Moderate
Albany Plu=mer
13a Leon Moderate Moderate Severe Severe Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Severe
Plummer Rutlege
17a Rex Moderate Moderate Severe Slight Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Slight Sligh.t
Lynchburg
Chipley
Portsmouth
20 Portsmouth Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe
Wahee
26 Brighton Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe
Rutlege
27 Fresh Water Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe Severe
Swamp
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RECREATIONAL APPRAISAL COMMITTEE
Recognition is given to the following who contributed in this appraisal:
COUNTY
Columbia County Commissioners Columbia County Resource Development Authority Lake City Columbia County Chamber of Commerce
STATE
Florida Agricultural Extension Service Florida Fresh Water Fish and Game Commission Florida Park Service Florida Forest Service
FEDERAL
Farmers Home Administration Soil Conservation Service Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service
Further information may be obtained from the above State or Federal Agencies.
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INVENTORY OF LAKES, PONDS, RESERVOIRS, AND STREAMS
Date of Inventory 3-29-68 In the Columbia County of the Santa Fe Soil (and Water) Conservation District Florida- State
Name of Water Location Size Description of Water Present Use
(Area or
Length)
Bell Lake S23 T3S R15E 18 Acres Warm water pond; periodic Bream & bass fishing. No recreational
seasonal fluctuations. facilities. Privately owned. 'Access by
"woods" road near US-90 at Suwannee County line. Used for irrigation.
Ogden Lake S24 T3S R15E 100 Acres Warm water pond; periodic sea- Bream & bass fishing. Owned by two parties.
sonal fluctuations. Fee fishing & boat rentals available by one
party. Fair access roads. One mile north. of US-90 & 1.5 miles east of Suwannee County line. Used for irrigation.
Orange Pond S7 T3S R16E 92 Acres Warm water pond; year round flov Bream & bass fishing. Owned by two parties.
into pond. Seasonal fluctua- No recreational facilities. Access by
tions due to rainfall, graded road of 1 mile south of SR-250 & 2
miles east of Suwannee County line.
John Pond S7 T3S R16E 28 Acres Warm water pond. Year round Bream & bass fishing. Privately owned. No
flow into pond. Seasonal fluc- recreational facilities. Access by graded tuations due to rainfall, road of 1 mile south of SR-250 & 2 miles east
of Suwannee County line.
Button Bush S36 T2S R15E 10 Acres Warm water pond. Seasonal fluc- Bream & bass fishing. Privately owned.
tuations with water table; Access by one mile field road off graded road.
shallow.




INVENTORY OF L.AKES, PONDS, RESERVOIRS, AND STREAMS (Continued)
Date of Inventory 3-29-68 In the Columbia County of the Santa Fe Soil (and Water) Ccnsrvation Diszrict Florida State
Name of Water Location Size Description of Water Present Use
(Area or
I I Length)
Turkey Prairie S36 T2S RI5E 48 Acres Warm water pond. Year round Bream & bass fishing. Privately owned. No.
flow of small stream into pond. recreational facilities. Boat rentals were Seasonal fluctuations due to recently available with fee fishing but has
rainfall. Periodic flooding been discontinued due to separation of farm
from sink when Suwannee River by Interstate highway, separating farmstead
is high. and lake.
Long Pond S36 T3S R15E 60 Acres Warm water pond. Seasonal Bass & bream fishing. Owned by two parties.
fluctuations due to rainfall. No recreational installations. Fee fishing
& boat rentals available. Access by graded road 1 mile south of US-90 & 9 miles west of Lake City. Used for irrigation.
Overflow S36 T3S R16E 35 Acres Warm water pond. Seasonal Bass & bream fishing. Owned by two parties.
fluctuations due to rainfall. No recreational installations. Access by graded road I mile north of US-90 and also by Touchton's Trailer Court at western edge of Lake City.
Saunder' s S19 T2S R16E 16 Acres Warm water pond. Seasonal fluc- Bass & bream fishing. Privately owned. No.
Pond tuations due to rainfall. recreational installations. Access by graded
Periodic flooding from Suwannee road and "woods" road 3 mile west of US-41 at River. Suwannee Valley.
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INVENTORY OF LAKES, PONDS, RESERVOIRS, AND STREAMS (Continued)
Date of Inventory 3-29-68 In the Columbia County of the Santa Fe Soil (and Water) Conservation District Florida State
Name of Water Location Size Description of Water Present Use
(Area or
Length)
Watertown Lake S28 T35 RI7E 44 Acres Warm water pond; fluctuates wit Under market program bass, bream, and channel
rainfall & water table. catfish. No recreational facilities. Boat
ramp and public access mile off hard surfaced State Highway 100A.
Duffe Pond S3 T4S RI6E 10 Acres Warm water pond; fluctuates Bass, bream & channel catfish. No recreawith rainfall & water table. tional facilities. Privately owned. Off hard surfaced State Highway 252 mile.
Green Acres S33 T3S R16E 8 Acres Warm water pond; fluctuates Bass & bream fishing; privately owned. Access
Pond with rainfall, by farm road. No recreational facilities.
Off US-90 mile. Used for irrigation.
Pueschel Pond S4 T4S RI6E 8 Acres Warm water pond; seasonal fluc- Bass & bream fishing; privately owned. No
tuations due to rainfall, recreational facilities. On SR-252.
Big Alligator S5 T4S RI7E 300 Acres Warm water lake; seasonal fluc- Bass & bream fishing. No recreational faciliLake tuations due to rainfall. Per- ties. Boat launch available. Several owneriodic flooding. Occasionally ships involved. Access by hard surfaced drained due to sink hole. street in city of Lake City.-19-




INVENTORY OF LAKES, PONDS, RESERVOIRS, AND STREAMS (Continued)
Date of Inventory' 3-29-68 In the Columbia County of the Santa Fe Soil (and Water) Conservation District Florida- State
Name of Water Location Size Description of Water Present Use
(Area or
Length)
Oosterhoudt S22 T2S R16E 40 Acres Warm water lake; seasonal fluc- Bass & bream fishing. No recreational
Lake tuations due to rainfall, facilities. Privately owned. On US-41 at
Suwannee Valley.
Lake Jeffrey S23 T3S R16E 140 Acres Warm water lake; fluctuations Bass & bream fishing; no recreational
due to water table & rainfall, facilities; fee fishing & boats available for rent. Access by private roads off SR-250. Two ownerships involved.
Lake Harris S35 T3S R16E 60 Acres Warm water lake fed from small Bass & bream fishing; access through farm
stream; some capped drainage roads; several ownerships. No recreational
wells in lake -- possibility facilities available.
that some may be open.I
Messer Lake S20 T3S R16E 16 Acres Warm water lake fed from small Bass & bream fishing; several ownerships.
stream; water fluctuates due No recreational facilities.
to rainfall.
J. R. Wilson S23 T3S R16E 30 Acres Warm water lake subject to sea- Bass & bream fishing; privately owned; access
Lake sonal fluctuations due to rain- by farm road only 3 miles from hard surfaced
fall. road.
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INVENTORY OF LAKES, PONDS, RESERVOIRS, AND STREAMS (Continued)
Date of Inventory 3-29-68 In the Columbia County of the Santa Fe Soil (and Water) Conservation District Florida State
Name of Water Location Size Description of Water Present Use
(Area or
Length)
Gar Pond S21 T2S R16E 10 Acres Warm water lake; intermittent Bass, bream & catfish. Privately owned. No
lake; water fills lake when recreational facilities. Access by farm
Suwannee River is high. Pro- road only. vides good fishing few years
following.
Morrell Pond S4 T35 R16E 7 Acres Water level quite stable. Warm Bass & bream fishing. No recreational
water pond. facilities; two ownerships involved. On
SR-252.'
Lake Wilson S29 T3S R16E 70 Acres Warm water lake; excessive Bass & bream fishing. No recreational
fluctuations except in periods facilities; privately owned; access by farm of heavy rainfall & runoff, road from US-90.
Lake Lona S29 T35 R16E 60 Acres Warm water lake; excessive Bass & bream fishing; fee fishing & boat
fluctuations except in periods rental from fish camp when water is normal of heavy rainfall & runoff, height. Also entrance from US-90 to lake
without charge
Jessup Lake S24 T3S R15E 5 Acres Warm water lake;. fluctuations Bass & bream fishing; no recreational
due to water table & rainfall, facilities; two ownerships; on US-90.
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.INVENTORY OF. LAKES, PONDS, RESERVOIRS, AND STREAMS (Continued)
Date of Inventory 3-29-68 In the Columbia County of the Santa Fe Soil (and Water) Conservation District Florida- State
Name of Water Location Size Description of Water Present Use
(Area or
Length)
Gwen Lake S31 T3S R17E 10 Acres Warm water lake; water height Bass & bream fishing; no recreational
stable. facilities; several ownerships; access from
city street around half the lake.
Lake Montgomer3 S31 T3S R17E 40 Acres Warm water lake; water recently Bass, bream & catfish fishing; no recreational
drained due to sink developing facilities; several ownerships; access from in south end; spring fed and city street on north side.
surface runoff maintains lake.
(Measures underway to dike off
sink.)
DeSoto Lake S32 T3S R17E 27 Acres Warm water lake; water height Bass, catfish & bream fishing; polluted; no
stable due to rapid surface run- recreational facilities; access from city off from city streets & high street running around lake. City owned.
water table.
Lake Isabelle S32 T3S R17E 10 Acres Warm water lake; runoff from Bass & bream fishing; polluted; access from
city streets & high water table city street on south & through Women's Club maintain fairly stable level, property on west. No recreational facilities.
Niblack Lake SI T7S R16E 7 Acres Warm water lake, fluctuation in Bass & bream fishing; privately owned; access
water level is seasonal. through farm roads only. No recreational
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INVENTORY OF LAKES, PONDS, RESERVOIRS, AND STREAMS (Continued)
Date of Inventory 3-29-68 In the Columbia County of the Santa Fe Soil (and Water) Conservation District Florida State
Name of Water Location Size Description of Water Present Use
(Area or
Length)
I-10 & 441 S17 T3S R17E 10 Acres Warm water lake; fluctuates Bass & bream fishing; no recreational instalBorrow Pit with water table, shallow. lations; privately owned; access by "woods"
road.
I-10 next to S9 T3S R17E 6 Acres Warm water lake; fluctuates Bass & bream fishing; no recreational
USFS with water table; shallow, facilities; privately owned; access by
Borrow Pit graded road.
USFS Rd. 236 N. S12 T3S RI7E 7 Acres Warm water lake; fluctuates Bass & bream fishing; no recreational
of I-10 with water table; shallow, facilities; USFS property; access by graded
Borrow Pit road.
USFS Rd. 236 S. S12 T3S RI7E 9 Acres Warm water lake; fluctuates Bass & bream fishing; no recreational
of I-10 with water table; shallow. facilities; access by graded road; USFS
Borrow Area property.
N. of Intersec- S4 T3S RI8E 12 Acres Warm water lake; fluctuates Bass & bream fishing; no recreational
tion I-10 & with water table; shallow, facilities; access by "woods", road; USFS
SR-250 property.
Borrow Area
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INVENTORY OF LAKES, PONDS, RESERVOIRS, AND STREAMS (Continued)
Date of Inventory 3-29-68 In the Columbia County of the Santa Fe Soil (and Water) Conservation District Florida State
Name of Water Location Size Description of Water Present Use
(Area or
Length)
Between SR-236 S2 T2S RI8E 11 Acres Warm water lake; fluctuates witt Bass & bream fishing; no recreational
&.250 N. of 1-10 water table; shallow, facilities; access by graded road; USFS
Borrow Area property.
N. of Forest S36 T2S R18E 15 Acres Warm water lake; fluctuates witl Bass & bream fishing; no recreational
Service Rd. 231 water table; shallow. facilities; access by graded road; USFS
Borrow Pit property.
FARM PONDS
Horton Pond S19 T6S R18E 20 Acres Warm water pond. Stocked with bass & bream; fee fishing &
boat rental. On SR-18. Used for irrigation.
Privately owned.
Hill Pond S3 T3S R17E 18 Acres Warm water pond. Not yet stocked. Will be used privately.
On SR-133.
Dicks Pond S26 T2S R16E 7 Acres Warm water pond. Stocked with bass & bream. Privately owned.
No recreational facilities.
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INVENTORY OF LAKES, PONDS, RESERVOIRS, AND STREAMS (Continued)
Date of Inventory 3-29-68 In the Columbia County of the Santa Fe Soil (and Water) Conservation District Florida State.
Name of Water Location Size Description of Water Present Use
(Area or
Length)
Kirby Pond S20 T5S RI6E 30 Acres Warm water lake; has stable Bass, bream & catfish fishing; no recreational
water level; limerock pit. facilities; privately owned; good swimming
but deep; lime rock from SR-247. 2 miles to pond.
Total Farm Various 100.9 Acres Warm water ponds; water level Most ponds stocked with bream & bass. No
Ponds in generally has seasonal recreational installations. All privately
County 37 fluctuations. owned. Some used for irrigation.
STREAMS
Suwannee River Northern boun- 39 miles Warm water river; subject to Catfish, bass & bream fishing; some informal
dary of County (average width extensive seasonal flooding. picknicking; no recreational installations; 100') some privately owned cabins; boating
periodically; some swimming; some noncommercial fish traps for catfish; boat ramp.
Santa Fe Southern boun- 30 miles Warm water river; subject to Catfish, bass & bream fishing; some informal
River dary of County (average width extensive seasonal flooding. picknicking; some privately owned cabins;
150') boating periodically; some swimming; some noncommercial fish traps for catfish; boat ramp.
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INVENTORY OF LAKES, PONDS, RESERVOIRS, AND STREAMS (Continued)
Date of Inventory 3-29-68 In the Columbia County of the Santa Fe Soil (and Water) Conservation District Florida- State
Name of Water Location Size Description of Water Present Use
(Area or
Length)
Itchetucknee Western boundary 5 miles Cool water; year round flow Area in southern portion developed for
River in extensive (average quite even; subject to extensive cabins; boating; fishing; swimming; has
southern portion width 40') flooding on southern portion public area developed for picnicking.
of county due to high water in Suwannee
& Santa Fe Rivers.
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