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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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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

Paddleboard Winter Haven

2 women on paddleboards during tour with Paddleboard Winter Haven

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

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

Camp Mack, a Guy Harvey Resort

Motorhome and boat under an oak tree at Camp Mack, a Guy Harvey Resort, RV campsite near 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

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

Lucky Lowe Ski School

Lucky Lowe Ski School

Lucky Lowe Ski School in Lake Alfred offers individualized instruction for each and every level…

Address: 1116 Old Lake Alfred Rd
Lake Alfred, FL 33850

Phone: 863-326-0092

Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team

Cypress Gardens Water Ski

Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team is a show ski team that originated at Cypress Gardens,…

Address: 199 E Lake Silver Dr NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Phone: 863-521-2808

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

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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