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Lake Denton - Avon Park / Sebring FL


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.


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.
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.

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