Our Lakes

Winter Haven is the Chain of Lakes City and has 50 lakes within or bordering city limits. 


This makes our lakes one of our most valuable recreational, economic, and environmental resources, and the primary focus of the Natural Resources Division of Public Works. Visit the division's page here!

Our lakes are made up primarily of the Chain of Lakes, with 8 lakes making up the North Chain section, and 14 lakes making up the South Chain.

There are also 13 additional public lakes which fall within Winter Haven's city limits which are not connected for navigation, but have hydrologic connections and flow-ways that allow water to flow from one lake to the next.

Winter Haven sits at the top of the Peace River Watershed, contributing to the quantity and quality of water all the way down to Charlotte Harbor.

Winter Haven Lakes Flowways