Florida’s land regions include the Upland (hilly areas in the north and northwest), the Everglades (swamp and wetlands to the south), the Florida Keys (over 1,500 small islands off the southern tip of Florida), and the Gulf Coast/Atlantic Coast (coastal plains).
Agriculture in Florida
Agriculture generates $7.4 billion for the Sunshine state. There are approximately 47,500 farms in Florida, covering 9.7 million acres. The average size farm comprises 205 acres. Agriculture makes a significant contribution to all 67 counties. Most of the cropland is found in the southeastern area of the state.
Florida’s most valuable crops are oranges, fresh market tomatoes, and bell peppers. The state also grows substantial quantities of sugarcane, grapefruit, and watermelon. Floriculture and dairy products are additional top commodities in Florida. Florida leads the country in the production of oranges, fresh market tomatoes, sugarcane, and watermelon.
Florida’s wildlife varies as much as its landscape. Black bears, Florida panthers, bobcats, and white-tailed deer can be spotted on land. American alligators, American crocodile, turtles, and manatees can be found in Florida waters.
With more than 7,700 lakes, 10,550 miles of rivers, and 2,276 miles of shoreline, Florida provides a vast array of fishing opportunities for both freshwater and saltwater species. You will find Florida Gar, Bowfin, Tarpon, Brown Bullhead, Sailfish, Snook, Largemouth Bass, Grouper, and Mackerel to name just a few.
Florida has several local, state, and federal conservation programs in place to preserve current land and water resources and to rebuild damaged environmental systems.
Main Rivers and Lakes
Florida’s major rivers include the Suwannee River, St. John’s River, Apalachicola River, and Kissimmee River. Their main tributaries are the Alapaha River, Withlacoochee River, Wekiva River, Chattahoochee River, and Econlockhatchee River.
Lake Okeechobee, the largest lake in Florida, is located in southeastern Florida on the Kissimmee River. The surface area of this lake is approximately 467,200 acres (730 square miles). Other significant lakes include Lake George, Lake Apopka, and Lake Kissimmee.
Florida has 175 state parks and 11 national parks.
- Biscayne National Park
- Dry Tortugas National Park
- Everglades National Park
- Big Cypress National Preserve
- Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
- Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
- Fort Matanzas National Monument
- De Soto National Memorial
- Fort Caroline National Memorial
- Canaveral National Seashore
- Gulf Islands National Seashore
|Neighboring States||Georgia and Alabama|
|Regions||Uplands, Everglades, Florida Keys, and Gulf Coast / Atlantic Coast|
|State Flower||Orange Blossom|
|State Bird||Northern Mockingbird|
|Big Game||White-tailed deer, alligators|
|Small Game||Turkey, wild hog, and coyote|
|Freshwater Fish||Florida Gar, Bowfin, Tarpon, Brown Bullhead, and Channel Catfish|
|Saltwater Fish||Sailfish, Blue Marlin, Tarpon, Snook, Southern Flounder, Snapper, and Florida Pompano|
|Total Acreage||42 million acres|
|Total Public Land Acreage||12 million acres|
|Average Annual Rainfall||53.7 inches|
|Farmland by Acreage||9.7 million acres|
|Woodlands by Acreage||14.5 million acres|
|Primary Crops||Oranges and Bell Peppers|
|Main Rivers||Suwannee River, St. John’s River, and Apalachicola River|
|Largest Lake||Lake Okeechobee|
|Other Lakes||Lake George, Lake Apopka, and Lake Kissimmee|
|Other Tributaries||Alapaha River, Withlacoochee River, Wekiva River, Chattahoochee River, and Econlockhatchee River|
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