Lake Sebring, Florida, USA

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Also known as:  Sebring Lake

Lake Sebring in Highlands County has been a Florida tourism destination since 1912. Wealthy businessman George Sebring came here from Ohio on a fishing trip and decided to buy the area that is now the town of Sebring. By 1912, his plans were well-underway in developing the town. Lake Sebring is not the only lake near the town: larger Lake Jackson actually abuts the business district. Lake Sebring is about 3 miles north of the downtown area. In fact, a whole series of natural lakes dots the Sebring area. As with many Florida lakes, these are shallow and have no definite inflow or outflow. These seepage lakes are considered part of the Everglades water recharge area and as such, are vital to the health of the Everglades. This is a citrus-growing area: when George Sebring first started to develop the area, he decreed that each lot must have an orange tree included. Some of these orange trees are still in existence.

Lake Sebring’s shoreline built up quickly. Now fully developed, the only areas without residences are two small wetlands adjacent to the lake. The neighborhoods are mature and stable – very little new housing is built on Lake Sebring. Upgrades and extensive remodels are common, keeping the available real estate choices highly attractive and modern. The school system is excellent, shopping and conveniences nearby. Known as an excellent fishing lake, a public boat ramp allows access to the water for those who do not own lake frontage. Lake Sebring is an all-sports lake; all types of water sports are engaged in, from water skiing, jet skiing, pontooning, canoeing, kayaking, tubing and sailing. The natural sand beach makes swimming highly attractive, particularly to the children.

Fishing at Lake Sebring is a favorite activity. Bass, crappie, redear sunfish, flathead catfish, american shad, bluegill, warmouth and perch are found in this highly productive fishery. In keeping with Sebring’s reputation as a retirement Mecca, 12 golf courses are found in the immediate vicinity. Restaurants and shopping centers are located close by. And the city of Sebring has all of the expected amenities for residents and visitors alike. In addition to the usual services and medical facilities, Sebring supports a little theatre group, an art museum and the world-famous Sebring International Raceway with its history of sports car racing. Although considered a retirement destination, Sebring is an affordable place to live or visit with plenty to interest the young family and the young adult. There is even an excellent Children’s Museum in Sebring with hands-on, interactive exhibits that will interest children up to age twelve.

Lake Sebring is only an hour-and-a-half from Orlando and Disney World, and about the same distance to the beaches on both coasts. Its location in the center of the state places it close to the natural attractions of Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades and several excellent State Parks. Close to home, air boat rides are available on 28,000 acre Lake Istokpoga 25 miles away. The Kissimmee River canoe trails are about the same distance to the east. Only ten miles to the southwest, Highland Hammocks State Park provides for bicycle trails, birding, camping, hiking/nature trails, natural wildlife viewing, nature interpretive center and protected species habitat. One of the State Parks developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the park contains a CCC Museum with photos and historic exhibits of this group of Depression-era public servants. Charter fishing excursions can be arranged less than two hours away on either the Gulf or the Atlantic. There is never a shortage of outdoor activities near Lake Sebring. The weather, of course, is delightful and cooperative most of the time.

Vacation rentals are sometimes available on the lakefront at Lake Sebring. Usually these private rental residences come complete with boat or canoe, dock and great views from the deck. Other lodgings can be found in the form of townhouses and condos nearby. Sebring is well-supplied with hotels and guest lodgings. The area has been catering to tourists for many years and has everything a visitor could want quickly at hand. And real estate is always available in the area, often with lake frontage or lake views. One visit to the south-central Florida region will convince you that time spent at Lake Sebring is worth it’s weight in gold . . .sunshine gold. Come to Lake Sebring and enjoy the sun and fun.

Things to do at Lake Sebring

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • Museum
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Lake Sebring

  • Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Perch
  • Redear Sunfish (Shellcracker)
  • Shad
  • Sunfish
  • Warmouth

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Lake Sebring Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 494 acres

Shoreline Length: 3 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 105 feet

Average Depth: 6 feet

Maximum Depth: 17 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".

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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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