Junior Lake

North central Florida is blessed with a number of pristine lakes. One such sparkling body of water is Junior Lake, a 75-acre lake that is also part of an extensive lake district in the Gainesville area which includes a number…

Lake Arbuckle

Gopher Tortoise

A rarity among West-Central Florida lakes, Lake Arbuckle is a natural lake without shoreline development. The lake is not dammed, with the only outflow into Arbuckle Creek which empties into big Lake Istokpoga 17 miles downstream. A water control structure…

Lake Jackson FL

Porter Sink at Lake Jackson

Florida has many special lakes, but none is more unique than Lake Jackson in the Panhandle East region. The 4,500-acre lake is remarkable for trophy largemouth bass, a fact known to many southern anglers. But its most unusual feature is…

Clermont Chain of Lakes

Lake Lucy Summer Day

Water paradise awaits in East Central Florida: the Clermont Chain of Lakes offers over 9000 acres of water surface with additional miles of canals and rivers. Eleven of the 13 lakes in the chain are connected with channels and with…

Winter Park Chain of Lakes

Reflections-Winter Park Chain of Lakes

The Winter Park Chain of Lakes has been a major feature contributing to quality of life in Winter Park, Florida for well over a hundred years. The City of Winter Park was developed as a resort community beginning in 1885…

Coastal Dune Lakes

Grayton Beach State Park

Rare, fragile and mysterious describe Florida’s Panhandle East Coastal Dune Lakes. These unusual natural phenomena are found in few places throughout the world-Australia’s Queensland, Madagascar, and New Zealand’s Northland. Those along North Florida’s Gulf Coast are likely best known, but…

Lake Griffin

Venetian Gardens Park

Headwaters of the Ocklawaha River, 9,500-acre Lake Griffin offers a bit of everything to Harris Chain of Lakes visitors. The long, shallow lake is the terminus of the chain which includes Lake Harris, Little Lake Harris, Lake Dora, Lake Beauclair,…

Lake Eustis

Osprey

One of the unsung gems of Central Florida’s Lake County is Lake Eustis. Nearly 8,000 acres, Lake Eustis is a central link in the Harris Chain of Lakes, a key waterbody in the Ocklawaha River watershed and home to about…

Lake Trafford

Lake Trafford Fishing

Lake Trafford, a 1500-acre lake in Florida’s southwest region, is an example of ecological revitalization; its demise was arrested and reversed in just a few years. Lake Trafford was dying, much to the dismay of local residents and visitors who…

Winter Haven Chain of Lakes

Lake Rochelle Sunrise

The Winter Haven Chain of Lakes is a very special place. These natural, spring-fed lakes in Florida’s West Central region have delighted residents and visitors for over a hundred years. Before hordes of tourists descended on the coastal beaches to…

Compass Lake

Compass Lake Aerial View

Often overlooked as a Florida vacation destination, crystal-clear Compass Lake in the Panhandle-West region is far removed from the hectic recreational activities of the better-known peninsula. One of a number of natural sinkhole lakes, 581-acre Compass lake sits atop a…

Lake Washington FL

Baby Blue Heron

Even in a state with thousands of lakes, Lake Washington stands out. This lake, one of three large lakes along the Saint Johns River Upper Basin, is one of the few in Florida to be used for drinking water supply.…

Draper Lake

Walton County, Florida, is host to a number of natural attractions that make it a sought-after location for making a home or seeking a long-term vacation rental or summer property. Draper Lake, situated in Freeport in the western end of…

Miromar Lakes

Miromar Lakes Fountain

Only at Miromar Lakes can you enjoy Florida’s white sand beaches, topaz blue water, luxury villas, spa-like amenities and be sitting on a lake shore. Repeatedly winning awards for “innovation, creativity and endurance,” this large-scale planned community is uncompromising in…