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Best Lakes in Florida for Boating

By: Crest Pontoon Boats on Thursday, August 24, 2023

In no particular order, here is our breakdown of some of the best lakes in The Sunshine State for all sorts of boating.

Lake Eloise

One of Lake Eloise’s initial claims to fame was Cypress Gardens, the original Florida theme park, which has since closed. However, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort now stands in its place. The ski shows of both places have been an impressive source of entertainment over the years. It is also a part of the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes and continues to offer a great scene for skiing, wakeboarding, fishing, and cruising.

Lake Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee sounds familiar to most since it’s Florida’s largest lake. And while it is the largest, the deepest spot in Okeechobee is only about 12 feet. Its expansive waters are full of largemouth bass and Florida-famous alligators. So, as beautiful as it is, you may want to take a look around or think twice before deciding to jump in the water.

Lake Harris

The scenic sand hills, cypresses, and stocked waters are a big pull for Lake Harris. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t witness any water sports there. The locals know it for its unusual shape, and it's a favorite for its size, depth, and lakeside amenities.

Lake Dora

Visit Lake Dora to catch a glimpse of one of the oldest settlements in Florida and its fitting antique boat festival. Dora is on a chain with several other fan favorites like Lake Harris and Eustis. The lively lake is also a fine spot to do some fishing for bass, bluegill, sunfish, and catfish.

Lake Kissimmee

Looking to combine boating and camping? Be sure to check out Lake Kissimmee. Campgrounds are common along the perimeter, as well as public ramps, playgrounds, and hiking trails. Enjoy a vibrant array of wildlife from both the water and shore.

Lake Tohopekaliga

Lake Tohopekaliga, or Lake Toho, can be found right next to downtown Kissimmee. This large lake is perfect for those in search of some peace and quiet. Not only is it a popular spot for bass fishing but also bluegill, crappie, gar, pickerel, sunfish, catfish, and more. Look into a guided fishing trip for some helpful local knowledge.