The Withlacoochee River watershed is comprised of a variety of natural communities, which form an extensive and diverse ecosystem. As the river begins in the Green Swamp, there are river floodplain forests, cypress domes, pine flatwoods and sandhills. The middle watershed contains extensive lake systems and marshes. Salt marsh is found as the river empties into the Withlacoochee Bay near Yankeetown. The watershed’s diverse ecosystem supports nearly 500 species of vertebrates.
Throughout the watershed, you’ll find a large number of species such as a gopher tortoise, eastern indigo snake or Florida black bear. Many are common species, some are unique and a few are even threatened and endangered.