Lake Davenport, Florida, USA

Lake Locations:

USA - South - Florida - East Central -

Also known as:  Old Lake Davenport, North Davenport Lake, Davenport Lake

If you’re looking for a Florida lake vacation that’s close to the Disney theme parks yet away from the constant hustle around Orlando, Lake Davenport may be just the spot. Lake Davenport lies near the Lake Wales Ridge, the ancient sea islands that predate the Florida Peninsula. The area is called Four Corners because of its location at the juncture of Lake, Orange, Polk and Osceola Counties and is one of the fastest growing areas in Florida.

Lake Davenport, also called North Davenport to separate it from another Lake Davenport in the area, is a natural seepage lake. The sandy ancient dune soils are dotted with many lakes in the area, and most are seeing resort development in recent years. The prime location, near the junction of US 27 and US 192 makes Lake Davenport an easy commute from the Orlando area 30 miles away. The Disney theme parks are only 12 miles to the east. It’s no wonder the Lake Davenport area has become home to many vacation rental resorts and high-end villas. In the process, the lake has grown in reputation beyond its relatively small 178 acres. Most of the western lakefront is occupied by resort developments, and the southern end has recently become home to yet another resort, complete with separate man-made lake. Other acreage on the west shore is taken by an RV park and a golf course. Interestingly, the majority of the eastern lakefront is wooded wetland and undeveloped. Efforts are underway to purchase these undeveloped acres for wetland preservation. The water quality in Lake Davenport is very good, making it an ideal boating location.

Lake Davenport is reported to be popular as a fishing lake, although there is no formal public access. Fishing and paddleboats can be rented along the lakefront, and multi-slip docks are provided for the convenience of residents and villa patrons. Florida Fish and Wildlife does not report any recent stocking activity but it can be assumed that Lake Davenport holds the usual four varieties that inhabit most lakes in the area; largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. An all-sports lake, boating variety is limited to the types of watercraft residents bring with them, mostly fishing and pleasure boats, canoes and kayaks. Water skiing and tubing are popular activities here. Walking trails have been constructed around the lakeshore, several with boardwalks across the wetlands. Lake Davenport is known for the variety of wildlife inhabiting the waters and shoreline, including the occasional alligator. The remaining wetland areas support a healthy population of native plants, small animals and birds. Resorts also provide clubhouses, tennis, shuffle board and basketball courts, playgrounds, fitness rooms and picnic areas. Although some resorts provide a swim area, all have community pools, and many villas contain private pools.

Most visitors choose to come to Lake Davenport intending to visit the nearby Disney theme parks. With Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Disney-MGM Studios, Blizzard Beach Water Park, River Country Water Park, Pleasure Island and Typhoon Lagoon all centered around Disney Downtown, there is plenty to keep the active family busy for several days. In addition, the area is famous for specialty shopping with two open-air markets, Point Orlando and the Mercado offering local specialty clothing, art and crafts. The Florida Mall, Orlando’s largest with 245 shops, will keep any bargain hunter happy. And, not far from Disney, Sea World and Wet ‘N Wild offer a variety of attractions. Busch Gardens-Tampa is an easy hour west on Interstate 4.

Sports fans will enjoy Lake Davenport’s location close to Cracker Jack Stadium where they can watch the Atlanta Braves spring training matches. Waterhouse Center in Orlando is the home turf of the Orlando Magic and where they play their home games. If golf is a favorite activity, the golfer’s game isn’t limited to the course adjacent Lake Davenport; central Florida is rich in golf courses, so fitting in a round should never be a problem. Many of the top courses are limited to resort guests, and vacationing golfers often make their reservation choices based on the golf course available.

Thirty miles from Lake Davenport, Orlando is home to several interesting museums, including some that will hold the interest of children: Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not Museum, WonderWorks and the Orlando Museum of Science will be of great interest to children and adults alike. As part of the allure of a visit to Florida is the chance to see native animals and reptiles, a visit to Gatorland is a must. Here, visitors can see both white alligators and the breeding marshes where they live and reproduce. And the Central Florida Zoological Park will fill the need to see the elusive, rare and exotic animals that can only be seen in a zoo-like setting.

Only 10 miles north of Lake Davenport, Lake Louisa State Park is noted for its scenic landscapes, rolling hills and six beautiful lakes. The park has over 20 miles of hiking trails with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Sherman fox squirrels, otters, bobcats, gopher tortoises, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, sand skinks, bald eagles and ospreys are often sited here. Hammond Lake, Lake Louisa and Dixie Lake provide access for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Forty miles north of Lake Davenport is the Lake Apopka Restoration Area and Oakland Nature Preserve. The highlight of the preserve is a 3,000-foot-long boardwalk that ends at a dock and pavilion overlooking Lake Apopka, so visitors can enjoy the wetlands without getting their feet wet. A paved, 57-mile, multi-use recreation trail called the Lake Apopka Loop Trail is being built to encircle the lake, giving nature lovers an ideal vantage point from which to enjoy Lake Apopka’s natural bounty.

Visitors have a choice of vacation rentals at Lake Davenport. Private villas, townhouses and condos are available by the night, the week or the month. RV facilities are also located near the lake. Real estate is available at Lake Davenport, some with lake frontage and lake views. One visit to Lake Davenport is all it will take you convince you to spend more time here. Come here once and we know you’ll come back!

Things to do at Lake Davenport

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • Museum
  • Playground
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Lake Davenport

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

Lake Davenport Photo Gallery

Lake Davenport Statistics & Helpful Links

divider

Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 178 acres

Shoreline Length: 3 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 108 feet

Trophic State: Mesotrophic

Spread the word! Share our Lake Davenport article with your fellow Lake Lubbers!

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.


Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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.


Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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."


Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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.


Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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.


Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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.


Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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.


Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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


Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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.


Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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.


Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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.


Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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.


Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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.


Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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.


Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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.


Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.