Lake Apopka

Lake Apopka is located west of Orlando and mostly in Orange County, but the western part is in Lake County. The Lake has a history of more than 100 years of human alteration, beginning with construction of Apopka-Beauclair Canal in 1888. In 1941, a levee was built along the northern shore to drain about 20,000 acres of shallow marsh for farming. In 1947, a hurricane destroyed much of the lake’s aquatic vegetation. It is the fourth largest lake in Florida and one of the largest in the United States. It forms the headwaters of the Harris chain of lakes and Ocklawaha River. over 30,000 acres in size, Around 30% of the lake is fed by the Gourd Neck Spring; the remainder is rainfall and storm water runoff. The only surface water outflow from Lake Apopka is the Apopka-Beauclair Canal, which flows north into Lake Beauclair and the Harris chain. Discharge from the canal is controlled by a Lock and Dam, which influences the lake. From Lake Dora, water flows into Lake Eustis, then into Lake Griffin and then northward into Ocklawaha River, which then flows into the St. Johns River.

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Lake Apopka