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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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The Living Water Boat Cruises

family of four on pontoon boat during tour with The Living Water Boat Cruises in Winter Haven, FL

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

Winter Haven, FL

Phone: 877-257-1529


Colt Creek State Park

hiking trail in the middle tree grouping on left and open pasture on right at Colt Creek State Park in Lakeland, FL

​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

Ski Fluid

Ski Fluid Skier

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


World Barefoot Center

World Barefoot Center

World Barefoot Center in Winter Haven teaches barefoot water skiing to people of all ages…

Address: 3915 Lake Connie Dry E
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Phone: 863-877-0039


Winter Haven WaterSports

rent a CraigCat Compact Power Boat from Winter Haven Water Sports

Learn to water ski, tube with friends, ride jet skis, rent a pontoon boat, or…

Address: 1006 Lake Howard Dr., SW
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Phone: 863-293-2753


Lake Crago Outdoor Recreation Complex

aerial view of Lake Crago Outdoor Recreation Complex in Lakeland, FL

Lake Crago Outdoor Recreation Complex is a lakeside multi-use facility in north Lakeland offering kayak,…

Address: 525 Lake Crago Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33805

Phone: 863-834-2215


Off the Wall Adventures & Outfitters

retail floor at Off the Wall Adventures. Grills, indo boards, skate boards and more

Rent a single or RTM duo kayak from Off the Wall Adventures & Outfitters in…

Address: 2055 Shepherd Rd
Lakeland, FL 33811

Phone: 863-709-9253


Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours

Group on airboat going over water and green plants with Captain Fred's Airboat Nature Tours

View wildlife on an exciting, old-fashioned airboat nature tour with Captain Fred's Airboat Nature Tours…

Address: 4700 Crump Rd Suite C
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Phone: 863-696-1637


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