Don't Let the Name Fool You: Dead Lakes State Recreation Area Teems with Life, Natural Beauty

By: Knowlera


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Dead Lakes State Recreation Area takes its name from the skeleton husks of thousands of tree trunks that have dotted the swamp since a naturally occurring sandbar dammed the Chipola River sometime in the last few hundred years and killed them off. Their eerie shapes attract wildlife photographers from all over — but they also attract bass and the fishermen who hunt them. It is, after all, one of the richest bass fisheries in the state. Enjoy the scenery, catch yourself some dinner and sample the local Tupelo honey made famous by the 1997 Peter Fonda movie Ulee's Gold — filmed right here. And when you're ready, stop by the Tiki Grill. You'll never guess who's in the kitchen.


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