Lake Alice, Florida, USA

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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 sandy beaches of the central Gulf Coast. Encircled by cypress trees, wetland grasses and Spanish moss, Lake Alice is the perfect setting for a leisurely southern lakeside retreat or a country home.

Today, Lake Alice and Odessa residents proudly hold to their southern agricultural roots and small-town lifestyle but change is coming as it has over much of their history. Originally home to the Seminole Nation, Florida was first claimed by Spanish explorers in the early 16th century. Over the next centuries Florida saw its ruling government change from Spain to France to Great Britain until it was finally purchased by the United States in 1821. At the turn of the 20th century lumber mills were the dominate industry in Odessa. By the 1930s fires took their toll on the mills and the supply of lumber dwindled. It was then that Odessa’s countryside bloomed with orange blossoms and vegetable crops still found around Lake Alice today.

Lake Alice is a self-contained 92-acre lake. Known for its clear sparkling water, residents have had to face the challenge of maintaining water quality while also permitting new construction and landscaping along the lake’s two-mile shoreline. With development has come a decline in cranes, egrets, otters, alligators, fox, opossum and raccoons that frequented the lake. However Lake Alice property owners have a long history of participation in Florida’s LAKEWATCH program making it possible to turn the tide on land and water concerns as they develop.

A concentration of aquatic vegetation has developed in Lake Alice helping to maintain a good nutrient balance and excellent fish habitat. Vegetation growth has spread rapidly in recent years but is monitored annually to assure that fishing will remain a favorite pastime on Lake Alice. Anglers have had success in catching Lake Alice’s bluegill and bass. Sizeable catfish have also been found in surrounding Hillsborough County’s “chain of lakes.” Keystone Lake, Island Ford Lake, Lake Calm, Lake Fern, Crescent Lake and Lake Frances are only a few of the lakes within a few miles of Lake Alice. Vacation rentals and real estate properties can be found along many of these fishing lakes as they connect through area swamps, creeks and channels ultimately draining into Hillsborough River to an outlet on Tampa Bay.

Drive 20 miles east of Lake Alice and you will arrive at Hillsborough River State Park. Developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the park’s original CCC structures were caringly restored in 2009. The park was established to protect one of Florida’s most beautiful spaces. It serves that purpose well by continuing to provide paddlers an adrenaline rush on Hillsborough River’s Class II rapids. Anglers will enjoy the river’s swift currents for the bass, bream and catfish found there. Additional park activities include hiking, bicycling, swimming in the park pool, canoeing and picnicking. First-class park amenities include canoe and bicycle rentals, campsites equipped with water, electricity, fire rings, picnic tables, laundry facilities, showers, restrooms and a dump station. A cafe and gift shop can be found by the swimming pool.

A short drive southwest of Lake Alice, and also within Florida’s West Central Tourism Region, you will find 2,529-acre Lake Tarpon, one of the top 10 bass fishing lakes in the state. Lake Tarpon’s shore is lined with private properties but anglers will find public access ramps spread around the lake including Brooker Creek Park and Anderson Park.

To experience sun-drenched sand, sparkling waves and sunsets that fill the sky with color is to experience Florida at its best. Take a 10-mile drive west of Lake Alice and it’s all yours. Whether you drive north or south along the Gulf of Mexico you will find some of the country’s top-rated beaches including Caladesi Island State Park and Fort Desoto Park. When residents of Lake Alice need a change from sand and sun, Orlando’s magical theme parks: Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World are less than 100 miles to the northeast.

Of course Tampa’s growth is spreading northward bringing change to Lake Alice. With change comes the advantage of easy access to universities, museums, theatres, shops, professional sporting events, golf courses and an endless variety of fine dining. Florida’s beauty and magic lies within short drives of Lake Alice so it is easy to see why change has come to Odessa and its 4,000 residents. Some worry that the sense of community, traditional Florida architecture and natural environment of Lake Alice are disappearing – and they probably are. In its place you will find city dwellers, custom-built homes and manicured lawns. Changes to the lakeshore are inevitable, but changes to the clear water of Lake Alice are not. Lake Alice remains a sparkling jewel with lakefront real estate properties waiting for the next caretakers to treasure her past and ensure her future.

Things to do at Lake Alice

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • State Park
  • Museum

Fish species found at Lake Alice

  • Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Sunfish

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    Trophic State | LakeLubbers

    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

    The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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    Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

    Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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    Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

    Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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    Water Volume | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

    Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

    Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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    Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

    At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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    Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

    You can find many of the world's highest-elevated lakes on LakeLubbers. Lakes with the lowest elevations (known by LakeLubbers) are shown on the final page of that list.


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    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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    Surface Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

    You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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    Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

    "Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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    Lake Type | LakeLubbers

    There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

    - A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

    - A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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