Highlands County Lakes, The lakes of Highlands County are a dominant feature of our natural environment. Lakes are one of our most visible positive attributes; very few places can boast such beauty and diversity. There are more than 110 lakes in Highlands County, including 39 with public access, covering over 190 miles of shoreline. They range from deep, naturally clear, low-nutrient lakes to shallow, naturally stained (tea colored), high-nutrient lakes supporting healthy sport fisheries. Our lakes cover roughly 48,000 acres of the County, with 27,692 acres of that total in lake Istokpoga, Florida's 5th largest lake. Lakes are critical indicators of the health of our environment. Throughout our history, lakes have added to the quality of life for all that have lived, worked and played here.
Lake June-in-Winter, formerly known as Lake Stearns, is the second largest lake in Highlands County at 3,504 acres and is the largest of the Ridge Lakes. As with Lake Jackson, June-in-Winter is a multi-use lake, frequented by swimmers, fishermen and boaters. it is probably the most heavily used lake in Highlands County and it is known for its god bass fishery. Bishop Park, located in the northeast portion of the lake, and Lake June Park, directly across the lake to the south, are large public recreational areas with boat launches, public swimming, and picnic facilities. the lake is connected by residential canals to lakes Carrie and Henry on the north and the Placid Lakes development on the south. There is also one launch on Lake Carrie. Additionally, more than 800 acres along the west shore of the lake is preserved in the Lake June-in-Winter State Scrub Park, which offers a unique opportunity to explore some of the rarest habitat on earth.
Lake Jackson, is Sebring's crown jewel, it is the centerpiece of Sebring, Lake Jackson is Highlands County's third largest lake. At 3,412 acres, jackson is used for all caegories of aquatic recreation, including swimming, skiiing and fishing. The lake supports an excellent sport fishery. The heavily developed watershed around Lake Jackson is an important factor in the lake's water quality.
Lake Istokpoga, At nearly 28,000 acres, Lake Istokpoga contains 60% of the public access surface area in Highlands County. Lake Istokpoga is one of the best fishing lakes in the state. Many activities, including the County's refurbishment of the Istokpoga and Windy Point Parks, the multi-million dollar habitat restoration project in 2001, ongoing efforts to control Hydrilla, the establishment of a 14 to 21 inch bass slot limit and inclusion of Istokpoga in funding for the Everglades restoration are all focused on Highlands County's giant. Anglers travel from all over the state and even the nation to fish Istokpoga.
Lake Tulane, located south of the City of Avon Park, is a very deep lake, with a maximum depth of 70 feet, and a public boat ramp on the west side. Though small at 89 acres in size, it is a significant lake for several reasons. Firstly, Lake Tulane has been estimated to be 50,000 years old making it older than any other lake with a documented age in North America. Secondly Lake Tulane is a prime example of a typical Ridge-type lake. The lake was formed by sinkhole activity and is surrounded by sandy soils, making the lake extremely low in nutrients and very clear. Lake Tulane is among the clearest in the county with visibility extending down to 30 feet below the water's surface, making it a popular SCUBA diving spot.
Bobcat Run - Spring Lake Resort
Cougar Trail - Spring Lake Resort
Country Club of Sebring
Deer Run - Sun N Lakes Country Club
Golf Hammock Country Club
Harder Hall Country Club
Highlands Ridge North - Avon Park
Highlands Ridge South - Sebring
Crystal Creek Country Club Lake Placid
Leisure Lakes - Lake Placid
Pinecrest Golf Club - Avon Park
Placid Lake Country Club
River Green Golf Club
Turtle Run - Sun N Lake Sebring