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Lake Denton - Avon Park / Sebring FL


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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.

Comments

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.
Bonnie427 - 11/08/2013 7:14 PM
Rating Added: 3
Did my Advance training here.
floridaray33 - 9/16/2013 10:50 AM
Rating Added: 1
Check out dive site, man made lake with tons of fish. Poor viz max depth 30 ft. Not worth the drive.
bblhed - 7/30/2012 9:29 AM
Rating Added: 4
I will have to say that while this is not the best place to dive in FL, I’m sure it could be far worse. When I was there the water had reasonable vis, I would guess about 15 feet, I know there were three divers and when I was last in line I could only see the fins of the first diver, it was 81° and I had a MAX depth of 43 feet.

There were lots of lake perch, three boats, two training platforms, a bike, some swim thru diamonds and the reason I was there is there is a dive cache.

I checked in at the bible camp and was told to park in the shade under a tree at a picnic table by the water, this was a great place to gear up and it was about a 60 foot walk to the water, there were restrooms with showers about 100 feet away as well. I made a $10 donation to the camp, I am told that this is the customary donation, I can’t complain about this because that is less than parking at some places that have nothing but a dirt lot.
orlandoscuba - 12/25/2011 1:33 PM
Rating Added: 3
Good as a training site, but not for regular diving as vis is not good. Only has a few boat wrecks and some fish.
TeachingOrlando - 7/15/2011 9:09 PM
Where we learned to Open Water Drive :) 6/2011

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