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Frequent Asked Question about Florida Lakes

How many lakes are in Florida?

Florida contains greater than 30,000 lakes that cover more than 3 million acres of land. Florida has lakes that range from small to the nation’s largest Lake Okeechobee, 448,000 acres of lake within one state.

Lake County Fl has the largest amount of natural freshwater lakes at over 1000 named lakes, covering over 200 square miles. Polk County is 2nd with 554 natural lakes.  The Clermont Chain comprises of 15 lakes that range from 20 acres to 3,600 acres. Boaters navigating the Harris Chain of Lakes, another series of connecting waterways in Lake County, can travel all the way to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Johns River.

Fishing enthusiasts appreciate the lakes, catches including largemouth bass, blue bream, shell crackers, black crappie, redear sunfish, stripers, speckled perch, and catfish.

There are more than 250 species of freshwater fish in Florida lakes, most of them edible. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission estimates that more than 74,000 people fish in Polk County lakes each year. Others enjoy water skiing, wakeboarding, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, swimming, and windsurfing, as well as simply watching the sunrise and set over the water.

What are the names of the freshwater lakes in Florida?

Most are listed on this page, but Lake Okeechobee (the 2nd largest freshwater lake in the USA), Lake George, the Tohopekaliga Lake, and Lake Apopka are among the largest lakes in Florida. The state has over 7,700 lakes each spanning over 10 acres filled with largemouth bass.

Where is the deepest lake in Florida?

Deep Lake in Florida is a natural sinkhole in Big Cypress National Preserve. This 90-foot-deep naturally occurring sinkhole lake is the deepest lake south of Central Florida and one of the deepest in the entire state.

What lake is near Orlando Florida?

At over 30,000 acres, Lake Apopka near Orlando in Central Florida is the fifth largest Florida lake. Also fed by the St. Johns River, this once great bass fishing lake was considered one of the most polluted large lakes in the state. The Butler Chain of Lakes are the largest series of lakes in Orlando FL.

What is the best fishing in Orlando?

If you were combining Orlando, Kissimmee, and St. Cloud the very well known bass fishing spot is Lake Tohopekaliga known for its consistent big fish. If you are solely considering Orlando, the well known Butler Chain of Lakes is known for its huge amount of black bass.

What are the 20 largest lakes in the US?
The Largest Lakes in the US by Surface Area

  1. Lake Superior.
  2. Lake Huron.
  3. Lake Michigan.
  4. Lake Erie.
  5. Lake Ontario.
  6. The Great Salt Lake.
  7. Lake of the Woods.
  8. Iliamna Lake.
  9. Lake Oahe.
  10. Lake Okeechobee (The only one in one state)
Why does Florida have so many lakes?

Florida has more naturally formed lakes than any other southeastern State. Why many lakes are created by building dams, levees, across streams, etc. The abundance of lakes on the natural Florida peninsula is a result of the geologic history of the State.

An estimated 7,800 lakes in Florida are greater than 1 acre in surface area.

More on Lakes in Florida

Florida Rivers Shown on the Map: Apalachicola River, Caloosahatchee River, Chipola River, Escambia River, Hillsboro Canal, Kissimmee River, Miami Canal, Ochlockonee River, Peace River, Santa Fe River, St. Johns River, St. Marys River, Suwannee River, and Withlacoochee River.

Florida Lakes Shown on this page: Dead Lake, Lake Apopka, Lake George, Lake Harney, Lake Istokpoga, Lake Kissimmee, Lake Okeechobee, and Lake Seminole, which half of Lake Seminole is in Georgia. Get more info on each lake around Central Florida by clicking links. Lake size, shoreline details, water clarity, water depth, skiable or not, ski slalom courses, etc.

For convenience, all lakes in Florida (most all lakes in Florida are listed) should not be included in this category; please let us know, and we will add it. This includes all lakes (other than reservoirs) that can also be found in the subcategories. This includes cities like Miami, Orlando, Daytona Beach, and others.

What are the Best Lakes in Florida?

30 Best Lakes in Florida are made above with a red star. This is based off of fishing and catching stats, not real estate values or popularity. These are not in order of greatness. Airport Lakes, Apalachicola River, Butler Chain, Conway Chain, Everglades, Stick Marsh/Farm 13, Harris Chain of Lakes, Lake Ida, Lake Istokpoga, Johns Lake, Lake June, Kenansville, Kingsley Lake, Lake Kissimmee, Lake Monroe, Lake Okeechobee, Orange Lake, Lake Panasoffkee, Lake Placid, Rodman Reservoir, St Johns River, Lake Talquin, Lake Tarpon, Lake Tohopekaliga, Winter haven Chain of Lakes and more.

Florida Lakes Maps

If you click on any of the above lakes it will take you to a detailed lakes page with fishing maps for all Florida lakes. If on the West Coast, here’s a great list of fishing from Stockton Ca.