Econlockhatchee River & Puzzle Lake
The first major tributary to join the St Johns from its headwaters, the Econ meets the St Johns just 1600 yards north of Puzzle Lake. The Econ is a much more “distinct” river than the St Johns at this point, flowing stronger and narrower through high bluffs. Puzzle Lake receives its name from the patchwork of creeks and wetlands dotted and traced through its 1300 acre bounds. This lake is truly a “puzzle” to navigate, with its twists and turns, and almost indiscernible flow of the river itself. Believing the labyrinthian lake to be the headwaters of the St. Johns, John Bartran and son William turned around at the point during their first visit to the river.