The city's Seminole Indian name means "water eyes", and a view from the sky above reveals why -- two almost perfectly round lakes nestled into the heart of this community add to the community's relaxed charm, and make a special backdrop to the city's downtown Lake Alice Park.
The Dead Lakes offer some of the best freshwater sport fishing in the nation, and a unique opportunity for nature photographers. Bass anglers regularly travel to this area to lure, then wrestle one of the "big boys" out of the cypress tree stumps that give the lake its name, and nature photographers join other outdoor lovers to capture a glimpse of this hauntingly beautiful body of water. Reportedly formed when sand bars created by the Apalachicola River's current blocked the Chipola River, the ensuing high water killed thousands of trees in the floodplain, leaving a graveyard of bottom heavy cypress skeletons, stumps and knees.
The rugged beauty of this area was featured in Peter Fonda's 1997 movie "Ulee's Gold", a story about the beekeepers who for more than 100 years have harvested world-famous Tupelo Honey from the swamps of the Apalachicola River Basin.
The City of Wewahitchka is located in the Florida Panhandle, in northern Gulf County. With a population of approximately 1,800 citizens, the city is best known for two of its unique assets; the Dead Lakes and Tupelo Honey.