Lake Annie, Florida, USA

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 into a bedroom community for nearby Tampa, Orlando and Kissimmee. Not to be confused with Lake Annie in Highlands County, this Lake Annie was annexed into the charming rural community – READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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All About Lake Annie

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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 into a bedroom community for nearby Tampa, Orlando and Kissimmee. Not to be confused with Lake Annie in Highlands County, this Lake Annie was annexed into the charming rural community of Dundee in Polk County in 2008.

When white settlers were drawn to central Florida for the grazing land and pine forests, the region was home to the people of the Seminole Nation. It is believed that one of the first settlers of Dundee named Lake Annie, and several nearby lakes, after his daughters. As forests were depleted and the lumber and turpentine industries faded, rows of citrus trees filled the gently sloping hillsides as they do today. Residents of Lake Annie and Polk County take great pride in their rural heritage and work not only to preserve their small-town lifestyle but to also restore the unique habitats of central Florida.

Lake Annie, located in Peace Creek watershed, is one of 554 lakes found in Polk County. Lake Annie’s inflow comes from Lake Lee, located only yards to the south, and rainwater runoff from surrounding land. A discharge ditch that once connected Lake Annie to Peace Creek’s Drainage Canal no longer exists making Lake Annie a closed basin lake. Lake Annie’s normal surface area is 539 acres but its shallow sloping shoreline makes for dramatic drops in surface area during drought conditions. A one meter drop in water level can result in 17 percent less surface area.

Fortunately, studies have shown that there is no correlation between Lake Annie’s water level and number of available sport fish. Sport fishing is serious business in Polk County with 88 of the county’s lakes providing public boating access. A small unpaved ramp found at the north end of Lake Annie is perfect for anglers to launch their jon boats in pursuit of Lake Annie’s bluegill, largemouth bass and redear sunfish. Development is increasing along Lake Annie but the scene of surrounding citrus groves, cattails, grasses and water lilies make paddling the three-mile shoreline a pleasure for canoers and kayakers.

While Tampa, Orlando and Kissimmee offer world renowned attractions to Lake Annie residents, Polk County attractions are guaranteed to impress even the pickiest of visitors. Often ranked on “best places” lists, Polk County is prepared to welcome visitors with a large number of available luxury vacation rentals. For those who are visiting, or fortunate enough to call Lake Annie home, the attractions of this West Central Tourism Region are many. Come to Polk County and you will find Florida’s only dude ranch; the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture at Florida Southern College; American Water Ski Hall of Fame; and 125 miles of hiking trails to experience nature’s pleasures.

Lake Annie residents need not go far to enjoy the best of Florida’s wildlife and natural wonders. Located 10 miles east of Lake Annie, Allen David Broussard State Park provides a glimpse into Florida’s past. The park was established to protect the rare habitats that once covered a feature called Lake Wales Ridge. Covering over 1,100 acres of central Florida, including Lake Annie and Dundee, Lake Wales Ridge is actually the remnant of an ancient beach and sand dunes. Among the rare native plants found in the park are scrub morning glory, scrub plum, pygmy fringe tree and cutthroat grass. Wildlife watchers will be able to observe protected species including scrub-jays, bald eagles, gopher tortoises and Florida scrub lizards. Six miles of hiking trails and seven miles of equestrian trails allow visitors to follow a path through time and discover the region’s rich natural heritage.

Twenty miles west of Lake Annie, on the shores of Lake Hancock, Polk County maintains the Circle B Bar Reserve. In a joint effort with Southwest Florida Management District, what was once a cattle ranch has been restored to its original marshy landscape. Within a few short years of completion, large bird populations returned to the reserve including wading birds, waterfowl, ospreys and bald eagles. Polk County operates their Nature Discovery Center within the reserve making the park a perfect place for families to pack a lunch and spend the day. Exhibits; programs; hiking, bicycling and equestrian trails educate and encourage visitors to understand the importance of preserving central Florida’s unique habitats.

Tenoroc Fish Management Area, located 30 miles northwest of Lake Annie, is a fisherman’s paradise. Empty mining pits and mounds of dredged soil from a closed phosphate mine have become a chain of lakes, marshes, grasslands and tree-covered hills. Twenty boat launching facilities, three fishing piers, 10 fishing platforms including ADA accessible facilities are found within Tenoroc. As with most lakes, a state fishing license is required to cast a line in pursuit of Florida largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish, yellow bullhead and brown bullhead. A catch and release policy is in place for largemouth bass. Be sure to plan ahead because this is a popular site and there is a limit on the number of boats permitted on Tenoroc lakes, including canoes and kayaks. In addition to fishing, hiking and equestrian trails, a sport shooting facility offers “rifle, pistol, and air gun ranges, trap/skeet and sporting clay stations, and ground level, elevated, and 3-D archery ranges.” Tenoroc is also the gateway to the east section of the Great Florida Birding Trail. While at Tenoroc bird watchers may encounter moorhens, wood ducks, Florida mallards, blue-winged teal, hooded mergansers, snowy egrets, white ibises, anhingas, ospreys, red-shouldered hawks, black and turkey vultures, swallow-tailed kites, white pelicans, belted kingfishers, American kestrels, northern harriers and peregrine falcons.

Polk County’s breathtaking natural beauty has attracted development to Lake Annie’s shores. Lakefront real estate continues to become available with private docks, jetties and scenery that create a perfect vacation home for a week or a lifetime. Subdivisions extending out from Lake Annie’s shores offer lake view and near-lake properties with shared lakefront facilities. For those who don’t want to stray far from the cities, welcome to the simplicity and beauty of life on Lake Annie – a perfect retreat close to the natural wonders of Central Florida.

Things to Do at Lake Annie

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park

Fish Species Found at Lake Annie

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Redear Sunfish (Shellcracker)
  • Sunfish
  • Yellow Bullhead

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Recommended Sites to Book a Lake Annie Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Lake Annie lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 539 acres

Shoreline Length: 3 miles

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 112 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 118 feet

Average Depth: 14 feet

Maximum Depth: 19 feet

Trophic State: Eutrophic

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  • 2 bathrooms
  • hot tub
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