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Florida Atlas of Lakes

The Florida Atlas of Lakes was created in 2007 by the University of South Florida Water Atlas program, with funding and support from the Florida Lake Management Society and Florida LAKEWATCH. The Florida Atlas of Lakes database contains water quality and hydrology data collected by Florida LAKEWATCH volunteers and Water Atlas program sponsors. The purpose of the Florida Atlas of Lakes is twofold:

  • To highlight the value of lake resources throughout the state of Florida
  • To make available environmental data collected by LAKEWATCH volunteers

View Florida Atlas of Lakes Map

Florida Lake Management Society

FLMS logoThe mission of the Florida Lake Management Society is to promote protection, enhancement, conservation, restoration, and management of Florida's aquatic resources; provide a forum for education and information exchange; and advocate environmentally sound and economically feasible lake and aquatic resource management for the citizens of Florida.


LAKEWATCH logoFlorida LAKEWATCH is a volunteer citizen lake monitoring program that facilitates "hands-on" citizen participation in the management of Florida lakes through monthly monitoring activities.

Coordinated through the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, the program has been in existence since 1986. In 1991 the Florida Legislature recognized the importance of the program and established Florida LAKEWATCH in the state statutes (Florida Statute 1004.49.). LAKEWATCH is now one of the largest lake monitoring programs in the nation with over 1800 trained citizens monitoring 600+ lakes.

More InformationWant to know more?

If you are interested in learning more about the Water Atlas Program and developing a full-featured Atlas in your community, please contact Shawn Landry at the USF Water Institute. Give us a call at 813-974-0309 or click here to email us.

For more information about the Florida LAKEWATCH program, please contact them at or 352-392-4817.

For more information about the Florida Lake Management Society, please email

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