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Lake Denton - Avon Park / Sebring FL

Lake Denton is a shore accessible fresh water dive site, located in Avon Park / Sebring, FL. This dive site has an average rating of 3.00 out of 5 from 27 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 51-60ft/16-18m. The average visibility is 5-10ft/2-3m.

Lake Denton

is a 66-acre lake in Highlands County in the U.S. state of Florida. It is between the cities of Avon Park and Sebring. Its maximum depth is 51 feet. Divers use the lake for recreation and training. The Orange Blossom Baptist Camp is located on its shore.

Lake Denton has a public boat ramp, but no public swimming areas. In recent years, a conflict has arisen between those wanting to use the lake for boating and those wanting to use it for swimming. In summer 2005, the boat ramp was officially closed, temporarily, so people could use Lake Denton for swimming. The future will determine whether boating and swimming will both be allowed, depending on how the Highlands County Commission decides to respond to conflicts

Lake Denton is reopened for divers and boaters except that you must park across the street, which they designated as parking. This is a great place to do Open Water, Navigation, and Rescue courses. The lake is a great place to try out new gear. If everyone keeps the area clean the lake will stay open. The lake goers are on probation to see if they can keep it clean. There are 2 portolets and a dumpster for everyone’s use. Please keep the area clean. To get there take rt. 27 south (if you are coming from Lake Wales area) and go about 30 miles to the town of Avon Park. A mile or so through town you will see South Florida Community College on the left. Make a left at that light. Take this road to the end and make a right. Go about 2/10ths of a mile and make a left onto Lake Denton rd. Follow around the bend and the entrance is on the right. You can pull in to unload but remember you can not park on the dirt road to the lake...You will get towed.

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Walt352 - 13 days 22 hours ago.
Rating Added: 3
I went diving here for my open water certification on 7-17-2018.
shelbized - 1/05/2019 12:50 PM
I went scuba diving here on 3/11/2018. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
test dive
shelbized - 1/05/2019 12:48 PM
I went scuba diving here on 3/14/2018. Average viz: 21-25ft/6-8m. Water temp: 61-65°F/16-18°C.
great local lake
euroconec - 9/30/2018 2:44 PM
John and I did a practice dive here on Sunday Sept 30, 2018. Directions above work great. Very easy to find, plenty of parking. There are two changing booths, large bathrooms are a bit of a walk, look west about 150 ~ 200 feet. Very nice entry point of clean sand. a fer picnic tables and on weekends there is an easy up with dive instructors teaching classes.
The water was very clear near the entry but as we got further out and deeper the viz went form 20’+ to 10’ than 5’ at best. Water was warm at the surface and comfortable at 51’. All I was wearing was a rash guard.
Also, there is a liability form to sign (bring a pen)
The fee is $15 per person
matthewtad - 7/29/2018 6:51 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/29/2018. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: Over 85°F/29°C.
matthewtad - 7/29/2018 6:50 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/28/2018. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: Over 85°F/29°C.
rtaddeo - 7/29/2018 6:42 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/29/2018. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: Over 85°F/29°C.
DiverDO - 7/03/2018 1:53 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/1/2018.
20 minute dive
39 minute surface time
48 ft depth
DiverDO - 7/03/2018 1:51 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/1/2018.
45 minute dive
21 minute surface time
44 ft depth
DiverDO - 7/03/2018 1:50 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/1/2018.
18ft depth
DiverDO - 7/03/2018 1:49 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/30/2018.
9min dive
23min surface interval
20ft depth
DiverDO - 7/03/2018 1:47 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/30/2018.
EmpTeeMind - 8/29/2017 6:28 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/26/2017. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
Esvee650 - 5/07/2016 7:12 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/7/2016. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Did my navigation dive here. Busy day with 30+ divers, viz not great but worked well for practicing navigation since an object isn’t visible till you’re right on it. Not a lot to see but good for the navigation checkout.
ram04769 - 5/08/2016 4:07 AM
Sounds like you’re getting in lots of great diving and experience. Sandra’s also a great person to steer you in the right direction.
Mick-Venice - 4/13/2016 1:43 PM
Rating Added: 3
Did my open water certification here.
Mick-Venice - 4/13/2016 1:42 PM
Did my first open water training dive here. The course was interesting and the fish were very friendly. Viz was about 20-25 ft. Water level was up so our bottom depth was 42’. Good learning facility. Be sure to bring $10 per person, cash if your going to dive here.
Cslatt05 - 4/04/2016 9:16 AM
Rating Added: 4
Lake Denton not a lot to see but a great nav course
rlrackey - 3/06/2016 3:46 PM
Rating Added: 3
Great location for Open water classes management sometimes let’s the up keep go for a little too long. Underwater Nav course for advanced classes (3) sunk boats about 15’ each as well as things being added from other diver’s. Fish can be overly friendly.
Frank437 - 9/24/2015 9:16 AM
Rating Added: 3
Did some of my Advance Certification dives here. Nice place.
SharkyDiver - 8/16/2014 6:20 PM
Rating Added: 3
Ok, let’s face it. You went to Lake Denton for a check out dive. It’s alright for a fresh water lake. The visibility is decent when the open water students aren’t stirring up the lake sediment. You’re not going to dive this lake for any reason other than training.