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 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…

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…

Lake Weohyakapka

In Polk County Florida lies a lake shrouded in a little bit of secrecy, known as Lake Weohyakapka. It is a quiet lake — though getting more and more well-known by the year — with waters that are filled with…

Lake Rosalie

View of Lake Kissimmee State Park near Lake Rosalie

Snowbird paradise. That describes Lake Rosalie in southern Polk County. This area in West Central Florida is the kind of place the northern transplant dreams of when planning the Florida vacation or winter destination. Located along the string of lakes…

Lake Alice

Once the home of orange groves and week-end fishing cabins, Lake Alice is quickly becoming exclusive property in a growing bedroom community. Located in the community of Odessa, Florida, Lake Alice is less than 10 miles northwest of Tampa and…

Lake Annie

Located in central Florida, Lake Annie is 90 miles west of the Atlantic’s white sand beaches and 90 miles east of the Gulf of Mexico’s parks and resorts. It is Lake Annie’s central location that is transforming an agricultural region…

Lake Otis

There’s something special about Lake Otis. Florida’s West Central Region is wealthy in lakes. Winter Haven in Polk County sits in the middle of a huge number of small lakes; the city is built around several of them. Lake Otis…

Saxon Lake

Saxon Lake is the go-to spot for water skiing in Florida. Although Land O Lakes in Pascoe County holds over a hundred lakes, most are small – too small for the sport – and nearly all are privately held. That’s…

Lake Deeson

After spending decades in the north, raising their children and shoveling snow, they knew they wanted to retire someplace warm — the question was where. It had to be somewhere quiet, but close enough to parks and attractions for when…

Lake Eloise

Bok Tower Gardens at Lake Eloise

Bald cypress trees dripping with Spanish moss reach out of the water near the shore of Lake Eloise. The cottage-dotted shoreline harkens back to a time much more in tune with Esther Williams, one piece swimming costumes, and bathing caps…

Lake Cannon

Beautiful Lake Cannon Sunset

If you use your imagination, Lake Cannon’s large and circular shape somewhat resembles a one-dimensional cannonball; however, this is simply coincidental. Dr. John Westcott, a pious Episcopalian, first surveyed this body of water and its surroundings back in 1849. He…

Lake Tarpon

Sunset Over Lake Tarpon

In the West Central Region of Florida, there is no finer lake than Lake Tarpon. The 2529-acre lake, often called the ‘Jewel of Pinellas County’ is only ten miles west of Tampa on the outskirts of Tarpon Springs. Long a…