Blackwater Streams

Blackwater streams and rivers originate in swampy areas and get their names because the water that flows through them is stained dark brown, like the color of tea, by organic acids. This staining gives the appearance of "black" water. Some examples of blackwater rivers in the District include the Hillsborough, Withlacoochee and Pithlachascotee rivers.

Some of the animals you will find in blackwater streams and rivers include alligators, river otters, bluegills, snapping turtles, white ibis, great egrets and Florida cottonmouth snakes. Some common trees and plants include cypress, elms, red maples, sweetgums, buttonbush, poison ivy, air plants, ferns and saw grass.

Close-up of alligator in water
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