The City of Lakeland encompasses an area of approximately 45,000 acres and contains 38 named lakes and numerous smaller lakes, ranging in size from 2.5 acres (Lake Blanton) to 2272 acres (Lake Parker). Water discharged from these lakes flow through creeks, ditches and pipes to tributaries of three major river systems – the Peace River, the Alafia River, and the Hillsborough River. Our lakes are vital to the citizens of Lakeland as they provide opportunities for recreation, sanctuaries for wildlife, and natural beauty. In 1987 the Lakes Program was added to the City of Lakeland's Public Works Department. Because of the important relationship between stormwater and lake conservation, the Stormwater and Lakes Management Programs were merged in 1999. The purpose of the program is to improve the quality of all City lakes and water resources.
The establishment of the Lakes & Stormwater Division has contributed considerably to improving the health and beauty of our City's lakes and waterways. The Lakes & Stormwater staff invites you to take advantage of and enjoy the many lakes and water resources available to Lakeland residents and visitors alike.