We have a lake here in my town, it is normally a pretty large lake.
says the lake is typically about 6.2 square miles (approx 4000
acres) with a maximum depth of 92 feet. I have friends that put their boats in and fish and duck hunt on the lake.
A few days ago a friend of mine went to put his boat in, and he couldn't find any ramps with water. Today another friend of mine walked out across
the barren lake and took this picture of the last bit of water draining out.
And an online pic from the last time it drained
Now, this particular lake has a cycle of draining about every 25 years. The Florida Aquifer is limestone, and sinkholes in this lake are fairly
common. When the aquifer gets low, the lake will drain, but it rarely goes 100% dry. In fact, I don't know anyone that can remember the last time
it went 100% dry. Also, it is known to be on a 25 year cycle, but it drained in 1999 and 2007. Recently it was making a pretty good comeback and
boat traffic was becoming a common sight on the lake. Also, just prior to this week's draining, we had a period of 10 straight days of heavy
afternoon rains. The lake and the aquifer should have been in recovery mode, not draining mode. We also had a piece of the tropical storm about a
month ago. We are technically in a drought, but we appeared to be recovering from that drought.
Another oddity. I have a runoff pond behind my house. Probably about a 3 acre pond, and it was much, much lower back in Dec/Jan, but it is currently
pretty full, with a nice contingent of bream, bass, and catfish, 2 river otters, and about a 4 foot gator.
So, my little pond is doing great, but our 4000 acre lake is now dry.
The Lake Jackson site has been around for centuries, so its cycles are well-known. The lake boasts bass-fishing tournaments, bald eagle and other
endangered bird species, wetlands, indian burial mounds, and a rich history.
Cool Pics from the last time it drained.
Lake Jackson State Park is more than eight centuries ago, Native Americans inhabited the area around Lake Jackson, just north of Tallahassee. The
park site was part of what is now known as the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex. Today, it encompasses six earthen temple mounds and one possible
burial mound. The largest mound is 278 feet by 312 feet at the base and approximately 36 feet in height. Artifacts of pre-Columbian societies have
been found here including copper breastplates, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and cloaks.
People might say Global Warming, or Gulf Oil Spill, but I think it is from the Metropolis of Atlanta robbing water that typically flows southward to
Florida. There have been lawsuits ongoing for years, because they directly impact the ecological system in our
This area also has one of the World's Largest Fresh Water Springs at Wakulla Springs
it is on the same aquifer that Lake Jackson is on. The spring pumps an average of 200 to 300 million gallons of water per day, but has been known to
pump over 1 billion
gallons on record setting days. That is approximately 14,000 gallons per second. This spring has the longest and deepest
submerged cave system in the world, and they have found Mastadons and Sabre-Tooth Tiger skeletons in the caves, as well as voluminous caverns that
used to serve as camps for paleo-indians about 12,000 years ago. Wiki
I bring up the spring, because it used to be dry. When the paleo-indians and Mastodons lived here, the caves were dry. What are the chances of them
becoming dry again? What would that do to the ecology and economy? What would it mean for mankind?
In this transition year of 2012, anything is possible. Lake Jackson has drained 3 times in 10 years instead of its usual once every 25, so what if
Wakulla Springs starts to go dry also?