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Minimum Flows & Levels
Lake Hampton is located in Bradford County and is approximately 823 acres in size. Like many Florida lakes, Lake Hampton was formed by solution of underlying limestone with concentric elevation contours. A maximum water depth of almost twenty-two feet has been recorded. The lake discharges by means of a canal that flows directly into the Upper Santa Fe River. Land use in the lake's watershed consists of almost 35% commercial forestry while 18% is wetlands and almost 7% is urban. Lake Hampton supports a variety of fish including bream, bluegill, largemouth bass, sunfish and crappie. A public boat ramp is located on the east side of the lake.
The District's Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) program is a means to ensure water availability for the present and future, and to prevent "significant harm" to the area's natural resources. The Florida Legislature has directed the five water management districts to establish MFLs for streams, springs, rivers, lakes and other priority water bodies. As defined by statute (
Section 373.042 Florida Statutes
), "the minimum flow for a given watercourse shall be the limit at which further withdrawals would be significantly harmful to the water resources or ecology of the area."
The District has an accelerated schedule to establish MFLs for its priority water bodies. The District's MFL Program is a science-based process, which the District Governing Board uses to establish MFLs. Before rule adoption by the Governing Board in the District rules, the science supporting the MFLs undergo a peer review process initiated by the District.
The District voluntarily submits all MFLs to independent scientific peer review. This practice ensures that the highest degree of scientific certainty is provided prior to adopting a MFL by rule.
Public Meetings and Presentations
A public meeting for development of the Hampton Lake MFL was held at the City of Hampton City Hall in Hampton, Florida on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Download the presentation from the meeting by clicking
Supporting Technical Data and Reports
The final technical reports and peer review document for the Lake Hampton MFL are available for download:
Lake Hampton: Final MFL
Lake Hampton: Final Hydrologic Modeling Report
Lake Hampton: Final Peer Review
Contact John Good (
) at 386.362.1001 with questions.
Suwannee River Water Management District:
9225 CR 49, Live Oak FL 32060, 386.362.1001