PADDLING/BOATING

Lake Talquin State Park
Nestled on the bluffs overlooking Lake Talquin's southern shore, Lake Talquin State Park offers outdoor activities for all ages. 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.

Apalachicola River Blueway
High bluffs, abundant wildlife, and rare animals and plants make this river among the most unique in Florida, and at the right water conditions, large sandbars make for ideal primitive campsites. Please note that the river can have the fastest current in the state, so it is not recommended for beginners. Visit www. apalachicolablueway.com for information about the basic access points and other amenities found along the river that can contribute to a successful paddling trip.

Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center
Located in the midst of the Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area, the Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center (JBYCC) provides students the opportunity to learn about aquatic ecology in a natural, outdoor setting. Students participate in aquatic programs, ranging from studying pond life to wetland surveys that are selected to complement their classroom learning. JBYCC also offers an archery complex with Olympic style and 3-D targets; kayaking, canoeing, and Jon boat activities; and, many miles of scenic nature trails for both hiking and horseback riding.

Ingram’s Marina
Come for a day or come to stay. Located on the historic Lake Talquin, this area offers an abundance of plants and wildlife of every kind. Whether you hunt, fish, bird-watch or just want to visit with some down home folks, you are welcome to join us. Lake Talquin is nationally known for its high quality black crappie (speckled perch) fishery. At certain times of year largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, white bass, and striped bass fishing are excellent.

Whippoorwill Sportsman’s Lodge
Right on the water’s edge of beautiful Lake Talquin rests this Gadsden gem. The Whippoorwill offers the finest lakefront lodging, RV campgrounds, boat rentals, covered slips, live bait and tackle, fishing guides and the local’s favorite waterfront restaurant, The Whip Waterfront Pub ‘n Grub.

Little River (Ochlockonee River)
Forming at the confluence of Attapulgus Creek and Willacoochee Creek which drain part of southwestern Georgia, the river flows south through Gadsden County east of Quincy, draining part of the Red Hills before entering Lake Talquin State Park before reaching its terminus, flowing into Lake Talquin, a reservoir on the Ochlockonee River.