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St Johns River Florida
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The St. Johns River is born in marshes, then winds northward for 310 languid miles before flowing through Jacksonville. Florida's greatest waterway, one of the few rivers in the United States that flows north, is a haven for manatees and mecca for bass fishing.
The total drop of the river from its source in swamps south of Melbourne to its mouth in the Atlantic near Jacksonville is less than 30 feet, or about one inch per mile, making it one of the "laziest" rivers in the world. The sawgrass marsh areas of the river's headwaters are teeming with alligators, wading birds and waterfowl. The incoming tide from the Atlantic Ocean causes the river to reverse its flow twice a day and in periods of low water, tides may cause a reverse flow as far south as Lake Monroe - 161 miles upstream from the river's mouth. High and sustained northeasterly winds can result in many days of reversed flow.
The tannin-stained waters of the St. Johns are woven into the life of northeast Florida. It is rich in history and culture, holds environmental and aesthetic value, plays an important role in the economy and serves as a place to call home for people and wildlife alike.
June 14th, 2013
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