Winter Haven is known as “The Chain of Lakes” city. The Chain of Lakes is a famous series of lakes in the state of Florida. Thecity has two chains, the Northern Chain and the Southern Chain. The Northern Chain extends across the city, while the Southern Chain is almost entirely contained in Winter Haven. However, these chains are linked by various canals and a lock system that was constructed between two adjacent lakes. Therefore, the city picked up the nickname of The Chain of Lakes City.

The Southern Lakes consist of 16-18 lakes connected by a system of canals.

The 16 principal lakes are:

  • Lake Howard
  • Lake Hartridge
  • Lake Cannon
  • Lake Shipp
  • Lake Jessie
  • Lake Lulu
  • Lake Roy
  • Lake Eloise
  • Little Lake Eloise
  • Lake Winterset
  • Little Lake Winterset
  • Lake May
  • Lake Mirror
  • Lake Idylwild
  • Spring Lake
  • Lake Summit

When the water levels increase, Lake Blue and Lake Marianna are also connected to the Southern Chain.

There are ten lakes in the Northern Chain. They are:

  • Lake Rochelle
  • Lake Echo
  • Lake Conine
  • Lake Fannie
  • Lake Smart
  • Lake Henry
  • Lake Hamilton
  • Middle Lake Hamilton
  • Little Lake Hamilton

Including the famous Chain of Lakes, Winter Haven has 50 lakes within its city limits. Most of the lakes in the area are called, “solution lakes.” A solution lake is formed when the limestone ground is dissolved forming the lake much like a sinkhole.

Winter Haven is known around the world for excellent bass fishing. However, Winter Haven has a lot of other species of fish, drawing fishermen from all over the country. Fishing permits are required for both recreational and commercial fishermen. For more information about obtaining permits contact fish management. Other species of fish in the area include:

  • Bluegill
  • Black Crappie
  • Redear Sunfish
  • Black Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Bream
  • Catfish
  • Striper

The lakes in Winter Haven are also populated with other local wildlife, including alligators, turtles, raccoons, and even bald eagles.

Water Activities

The readily available bodies of water and the warm climate, which averages 73 degrees (year-round), makes Winter Haven a prime location for water sports enthusiasts and boaters.

Living Water Boat Tours

Get up close and personal to the Chain of Lakes. If you want to experience Winter Haven to the fullest, you must go on a boat tour. Living Water Boat Tours are highly rated and recommended. You get personal attention by professional boaters. They are trained and knowledgeable about the area and provide state of the art boats for your enjoyment. You are in good hands on these tours which last about 1-2 hours.

Flyboard Central Florida

Are you ready for thrills and excitement? If you are brave enough, try Flyboard Central. Try flyboarding just once. You will become hooked to the sensation of being in flight and soaring above the water. This attraction is a must see! You can sign up for lessons, or they even offer advanced classes. Have some brave kids in the group? There is a Flyboard Junior experience, just for them.

Go out with your friends on a pontoon, paddle boat, or do some water skiing or barefoot skiing. If it is done in the water, it is done in Winter Haven. There is no shortage of things to do, things to see, and places to visit in Winter Haven. So, bring your sunscreen and get ready for some fun in the sun!