Lake Berkley, Florida, USA

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Lake Berkley is the epitome of a Kissimmee-area vacation resort. Located only 10 miles from the Disney World complex, Lake Berkley contains a resort community of luxury villas set among three ‘fishing lakes’, the largest of which is 13-acre Lake Berkley. Lake Berkley is a small natural lake that has been modified in recent years to accommodate the resort community that shares its name. Located only a mile from Kissimmee Municipal Airport, Lake Berkley is a convenient vacation for the family that wants to visit the theme park attractions and possibly find time to fish West Lake Tohopekaliga five miles away. Conveniently located in the East Central Region of Florida, many of the villas available at Lake Berkley contain as many as seven bedrooms, ideal for an extended family or friends vacation. All possess private pools, so the lack of swimming in Lake Berkley will never be a problem. Developed entirely since the turn of the century, the gated resort itself contains tennis court, basketball court, billiards, table tennis, playground, a communal pool with kiddie splash pool and, on little Lake Berkley’s eastern shore, a sugar sand beach, volleyball court, barbecue area and fishing pier. A nature trail around two sides of the lake provides space to jog or simply enjoy the ducks and cranes that often visit the lake.

Although Lake Berkley has been stocked with bluegill, crappie, catfish and largemouth bass, the serious angler will head for West Lake Tohopekaliga or, Lake Toho as it is known locally. Lake Toho has been called the #1 trophy bass fishing lake in the United States and local guides are available for hire to make sure the first-time visitor catches a few big ones. Close to shopping and convenience stores, Lake Berkley also makes the ideal home base for outlet shoppers. Besides the factory stores outlet, Disney Downtown offers a wide variety of specialty stores and one-of-a-kind shops. A short distance away on International Drive, two open-air markets (Mercado and Point Orlando) offer local crafts, art and specialty clothing. Just a few miles away the Florida Mall, Orlando’s largest, houses 245 shops. If it isn’t found here, it probably cant be found!

The younger members of the family, and perhaps the older ones as well, will want to head for the Disney theme parks. Besides the well-known Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Epcot Center, the Disney family of attractions includes Disney-MGM Studios, River Country Water Park, Pleasure Island, Blizzard Beach Water Park, Typhoon Lagoon and many other smaller attractions. Nearby is the world-famous Sea World, Wet ‘N Wild, Gatorland and the Holy Land Experience. The Lake Berkley area is ideal for the sports fan, who can often find scheduled games and activities at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. Cracker Jack Stadium, completed in 2002, is the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves baseball club and the Orlando Magic play approximately 40 of their regular-season games in the 17,500-seat TD Waterhouse Center.

Outdoor activities are a joy in central Florida’s pleasant climate. Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando offers swan paddleboats, a playground and an amphitheater where concerts are scheduled. There are a wide variety of golf courses in the area along with miniature golf for the youngsters. Those with a yen to visit a pristine natural beach can visit Canaveral National Seashore an hour and a half to the east. A few miles south of Lake Berkley, the Disney Wilderness Preserve, a wetland mitigation area managed by the Nature Conservancy, holds 12,000 acres of trails and interpretive signage. The preserve is a favorite among bird watchers, particularly during the annual migrations that bring many northern species to the wetlands.

Near Lake Berkley, the Kissimmee Air Museum with its variety of beautifully restored aircraft will delight aviation buffs. The Orlando area is a treasure trove of unusual museums, with a Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not Museum, WonderWorks – called an amusement park for the mind, and the Orlando Science Center. Other museums near Lake Berkley include the Orlando Museum of Art, the Orange County Regional History Center and Trainland International Train and Trolley Museum. Local and exotic flora and fauna can be enjoyed at the Harry P Leu Botanical Gardens, with large gardens of beautiful camellias and at the Central Florida Zoological Park.

Finding vacation rentals near Lake Berkley isn’t difficult. Nearly all of the villas at Lake Berkley Resort rent by the week or longer. Condos, timeshares and townhouses are commonly found, and local RV parks accommodate the RV travelers. Real estate is often available, either through Lake Berkley Resort management or from private owners. The Lake Berkley area is one place where there is something to interest every family member. Come spend a week at Lake Berkley and find out what you’ve been missing!

Things to do at Lake Berkley

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Museum
  • Playground
  • Amusement Park
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Lake Berkley

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Sunfish

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    Lake Berkley Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

    Surface Area: 13 acres

    Shoreline Length: 1 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 69 feet

    Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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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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