ecology

Lake George

Also known as Lake Welaka, Lake George is the largest in the St Johns chain of lakes, and the second largest lake in Florida. At 72 square miles, 6 miles wide, and 11 miles long, its massive size carries extremely strong & dangerous currents. Despite its distance of 130 miles from the river’s mouth, salt water from the Atlantic ocean, coupled with relic sea water output from springs, Lake George is able to support numerous marine species, supporting the only commercial “fresh water” blue crab industry in the world. During extreme drought seasons, with even less fresh water flowing through it, bull sharks can even be found in the lake. Three major spring systems, Salt, Silver Glen, and Juniper, all feed Lake George.

Lake George