Lake Annie, Florida, USA

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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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    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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    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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