Lake Crosby, Florida, USA

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Lake Crosby is located in the heart of Bradford County, in Florida’s North tourism region. It features an average depth of 15 feet, and a consistent water level that rarely fluctuates more than three feet at any given time. The lake is situated at the top of a sort of triangle, with its sisters Lake Rowell and Lake Sampson to the south and southwest. These three bodies of water, along with Lake Hampton farther south, are all a part of the Suwannee River Water Management District.

While swimming, water skiing, jet skiing and boating are some of Lake Crosby’s most exciting pastimes, sport fishing easily takes the cake as the lake’s most popular activity. Yearling bass, catfish, speckled perch and black crappie are by far its most prevalent species; local anglers recommend using artificial worms and float-diving lures for successful baiting. Next door at Lake Sampson, fly and wade fishing are phenomenal; panfish and largemouth bass are particularly plentiful here. Vegetation throughout this 2,042-acre body of water includes water lilies, cattails, eelgrass, hydrilla and maidencane grass – all of which attract fish galore. Lake Sampson is connected to the smaller Lake Rowell via canal. With a surface area of 364 acres, this eutrophic lake hosts a variety of fish and plant life. It also features a maximum depth of six feet and an impressive population of largemouth bass and crappie.

Due south of Lake Crosby lies the Santa Fe Swamp Conservation Area, a 5,70-acre tract of land dedicated to protecting the flora and fauna of the Florida marsh. Wildlife watching, horseback riding, biking, and hiking are the primary pastimes at the park. Hunting for deer, rabbit, hog and turkey is secondary – but only permitted with primitive weapons like bows and arrows. Just north of Lake Bulter, the Raiford Wildlife Management Area is home to birds and animals like the red-tailed hawk, eastern cottontail rabbit, and gopher tortoise.

The Ocala National Forest is a great day trip from Lake Crosby, situated about an hour and a half south by car. Camping reigns supreme in this woodland wonderland, with sites ranging from basic tent grounds to complex RV hook-ups. Facilities include showers, grills, picnic areas, and restrooms. Swimming, water skiing, bicycling, boating, and wildlife watching are incredible at Ocala, as is hiking. The forest encompasses 67-miles of the Florida Trail, a scenic 1,400-mile trek across the state. For day trippers, several shorter loops are also available. The St. Francis Trail features two circles measuring 11.5 miles in combined length, and the intense Paisley Woods Bike Trail boasts a breathtaking 22 miles.

East of Lake Crosby and on the banks of the almost perfectly-circular Kingsley Lake, you’ll find Camp Blanding – an important training center for the Florid National Guard. The base was founded in 1939, during the second World War. An on-site museum chronicles the fascinating story of the camp’s past, present and possible future. Interestingly enough, Camp Blanding was the site of the 1997 film “G.I. Jane,” starring Demi Moore.

Lake lovers have not experienced a truly magnificent twilight on the water until they have seen the sun set on Lake Crosby . Soft shades of pink fade to purple and orange as the sun falls below the horizon line, with millions of trees reflected in the shimmering ripples along the lake’s surface.

Things to do at Lake Crosby

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • National Forest
  • Museum

Fish species found at Lake Crosby

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch

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Lake Crosby Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Not Known

Water Level Control: St. John’s Water Management District

Surface Area: 558 acres

Drainage Area: 6 sq. miles

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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".

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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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