The temperate waters of Central Florida are perfect for growing and nurturing largemouth bass into record-breaking sizes, and 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.
The wealth of freshwater lakes here are also home to bluegill, crappie, bream, sunshine bass, catfish, gar, tilapia and chain pickerel. Different varieties are more abundant during different seasons, so if fishing is on your agenda, be sure to contact a fishing guide.
Winter Haven Chain of Lakes
Winter Haven Chain of Lakes is essentially a group of lakes, connected by canals, that lies mostly within the city of Winter Haven (home to LEGOLAND Florida Resort). But they aren’t just any lakes, these mostly residential lakes provide a wide range of entertainment choices if you are looking to fish, kayak, paddleboard, flyboard, or simply cruise around on a relaxing pontoon boat tour during your Central Florida vacation.
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.
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.