Lake Deer (Winter Haven)

Lake Deer (Winter Haven), covering 120 acres, is a Public lake situated in Winter Haven in Polk County, with the associated WBID(s): 1521P.

Deer Lake is part of the Winter Haven Outlying Lakes.

This waterbody is located within: Peace River - Saddle Creek Watershed

16 Sampling Locations
9,412 Samples
Earliest Sample 02/25/1946
Latest Sample 04/17/2024

Winter Haven Lake Assessments

City of Winter Haven Logo These primary health metrics are compiled annually by the City of Winter Haven for each of its lakes. The water quality, hydrology, and aquatic biology of each lake is evaluated and plotted over time.

Most recent assessment date: 2022

Water Quality Overview

Water Quality Management Plan Dashboard

The lakes of the greater Winter Haven area are considered some of its most important natural assets. The utilization of these water bodies by visitors and residents alike have cemented their role as economic, social, and ecological resources. Given this, one of the primary objectives of the City's Natural Resources Division is to monitor their overall wellness and to implement best management practices that will ensure the continued enjoyment of their benefits by our diverse user groups.

The City of Winter Haven's Lakes Report Story Map is intended as a companion piece to the full, detailed report on the Division website. The Story Map presents Lake-Specific Water Quality Management Plans (see figure). These plans give a summary of the current state of individual lakes, current management strategies, issues facing lakes, and future planned management actions.

NNC Exceedance

Click on the image to open an interactive dashboard presenting an in-depth look at the water quality of the lake. This data is for the most part collected and processed by Polk County Natural Resources staff, with some additional data being supplemented from Florida LAKEWATCH volunteers.

Water Quality Trends Dashboard


Winter Haven's hydrology is rainfall-driven with no external flow ways feeding our lakes and waterways. Rainfall and surface level are subject to seasonal fluctuations corresponding to the wet & dry seasons, as well as longer-term annual fluctuations of drought and excess rainfall. Click on the image below to open the City of Winter Haven's Hydrology Dashboard displaying the long-term surface levels and distribution and morphology of the lake.

Hydrology Dashboard

Aquatic Biology

A lake's biological community plays a big role in nutrient concentrations, clarity, and overall lake health. Click on the images below to open interactive panels presenting the biological or vegetation data on our lakes, from the City of Winter Haven's Aquatic Vegetation Monitoring Program. This data gives us some insight into how lakes are responding over time, and the different ecological communities at play across the 39 lakes included in this study. The monitoring program began in 2016, so broad-scale comparative conclusions are not to be taken as definite. The key metrics of note that go into the index scoring are the invasive percentage, diversity increases, and overall percent area coverage.

Biology Dashboard - Diversity and Evenness

Biology Dashboard - Species