The Lake City and Columbia County areas are known as the "Freshwater Recreation Capital of America," and when you see what this area has to offer, you'll understand why.
The Itchetucknee Springs River is one of the most pristine waterways in America. Fed by nine named springs, more than 240 million gallons flow into the river daily at a consistent 72 degrees. More than 200,000 visitors enjoy the river annually. The Itchetucknee Springs State Park provides access to the river. More information, including admission prices and restrictions, is available here.
Located in the Osceola National Forest, Ocean Pond hosts more than 100,000 visitors annually. The sandy beach, public boat ramp, and complete facilities make this a draw for boaters and families. Ocean Pond also has a 50-site campground on location. For more information, please call 386-752-2577.
If you're looking for more adventure, the Suwannee River, which forms part of the northern border of Columbia County, has the only Class 3 Whitewater Rapids (depending on river height) in Florida. Big Shoals State Park provides access to the river - information on the park is available here.
The excellent quality of life in Columbia County is not limited to activities on the water. The recently completed Southside Sports Complex is a 146 acre facility, with baseball, softball, and soccer fields. This facility plays host to many large-scale tournaments, bringing upwards of 100 teams and their numerous supporters to the Lake City area at a time.
There is also an historic element to Columbia County. Olustee Battlefield is located 13 miles east of Lake City, and is the site of a decisive battle where Confederate forces turned back Union troops marching towards Tallahassee. The Lake Isabella Historic Residential District consists of well-preserved late 19th and early 20th century architecture in approximately thirty blocks in southeast Lake City. In addition, there are many antiquing opportunities available - simply take a drive around the downtown area and you will see the many shops.
For more information, please visit the Columbia County Tourist Development Council at http://www.springsrus.com.