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Lake Activities

Fishing, Kayaking, SUP & More

With more than 550 lakes, a Central Florida vacation appeals to both avid anglers and water sports enthusiasts. In addition to water skiing, our options for lake activities offer many ways for you get on the water.

Are you interested in booking an airboat tour or pontoon boat cruise? How about kayak rentals, stand up paddleboard tours, or fly board lessons? You’ll find all of those options, and more, below.

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Winter Haven Chain of Lakes

Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes includes 24 canal-connected lakes allowing you to travel from one side of the city to the other, without ever leaving your boat.  Because these are mostly residential lakes, you’ll have a wide range of entertainment choices if you are looking to fish, kayak, paddleboard.  You can also cruise around on a relaxing pontoon boat tour during your visit.

The city maintains 21 boat ramps, 30 waterfront parks and 14 public docks, which makes the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes a water lover’s paradise.

Lake Kissimmee

Many of our airboat tour companies are on Lake Kissimmee, and the waterway between this lake and Lake Hatchineha.  Airboats can navigate shallow water and glide over vegetation, providing an excellent opportunity to experience the wetland areas of Central Florida and see alligators and other wildlife.

Visitors also enjoy kayaking Buster Island Loop, a trail that circles Lake Kissimmee State Park. The trail includes Lake Kissimmee and Lake Rosalie.

Freshwater Fishing

The temperate waters of Central Florida are perfect for growing and nurturing largemouth bass into record-breaking sizes. With more than 500-lakes and 115-boat ramps in Polk County, you’ll have more access to quality fishing than you’ll have time on your vacation.

Learn more in our fishing section.

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Elite Cable Park

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Elite Cable Park in Auburndale offers wakeboarding, waterskiing, wakeskating and kneeboarding for both newbies and…

Address: 330 Denton Ave
Auburndale, FL 33823

Phone: 863-662-5200

Camp Mack, a Guy Harvey Resort

two families on airboat near river dock at Camp Mack in Lake Wales, FL

Camp Mack, a Guy Harvey Lodge, Marina & RV Resort in Lake Wales offers premium…

Address: 14900 Camp Mack Rd.
Lake Wales, FL 33898

Phone: (800) 243-8013

Paddleboard Winter Haven

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Paddleboard Winter Haven offers classes, tours and races on Winter Haven's Chain of Lakes. Most…

Address: W Lake Summit Dr
Winter Haven, FL 33884

Phone: 863-845-5307

Off the Chain Kayak Company

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Paddle around Winter Haven's Chain of Lakes with friends and family when you rent from…

Address:
Winter Haven, FL

Phone: 863-225-0934

Colt Creek State Park

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​No matter the season, Colt Creek State Park in Lakeland offers activities including hiking, kayaking,…

Address: 16000 FL-471
Lakeland, FL 33809

Phone: 863-815-6761

Lake Kissimmee State Park

male and female kayaking at Lake Kissimmee State Park in Lake Wales, FL

Lake Kissimmee State Park is located on the shores of lakes Kissimmee, Tiger and Rosalie,…

Address: 14248 Camp Mack Rd
Lake Wales, FL 33898

Phone: 407-624-5640

The Living Water Boat Cruises

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Explore the many lakes that make up Winter Haven's Chain of Lakes during a tour…

Address:
Winter Haven, FL

Phone: 877-257-1529

Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team

9 show ski females on lake in Winter Haven, FL during Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team show.

Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team was started by former water skiers from Cypress Gardens Theme…

Address: 199 Lake Silver Dr.
Winter Haven, FL 33883

Phone: 863-521-2808

Ski Fluid

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Ski Fluid offers water ski jumping lessons on Lake Grew in Polk City. They offer…

Address: 1251 Holy Cow Rd.
Polk City, FL 33868

Phone: 407-625-4139

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Harborside Restaurant

Harborside

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Andy’s Drive-in Restaurant & Igloo

Andy's Drive-in Restaurant & Igloo is a kid-friendly, local favorite near downtown Winter Haven.

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