Discover the Deepest Lake in Broward County

Written by Nixza Gonzalez
Updated: August 3, 2023
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Key Points

  • Broward County is located in southeastern Florida.
  • Crystal Lake is in Deerfield Beach and is near the slightly larger Lake Eden.
  • There aren’t many massive lakes in the county, just smaller ones where you can fish and sail.

Lakes are fascinating and full of lovely animals. Some lakes are very deep, surpassing 100 feet. They are everywhere, including Broward County, Florida. There are 32 lakes in Broward County. But which ones are the deepest? Keep reading to discover the deepest lake in Broward County.

Where Is Broward County?

Florida is the unofficial home of alligators; residents encounter them at golf courses, homes, and roads.

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Before we can dive into the deepest lake in Broward County, we should understand where it is. Broward County is located in southeastern Florida. Some cities within Broward County are Fort Lauderdale, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, and Miramar. Broward County has a population of 1.94 million as of 2020. It’s also part of the Miami metropolitan area. Broward County has a little bit of everything including lakes, ponds, dense woods, and beaches.

The Deepest Lake in Broward County

It’s hard to determine which lake in this county is officially the deepest, it is believed that Crystal Lake is the deepest — reaching depths of 31 feet at its deepest point. There aren’t many massive lakes in the county, just smaller ones where you can fish and sail. For example, Sailboat Lake is a gem for locals. The lake’s elevation is 7 feet above sea level. Sailboat is 80 acres and is a great spot to watch the sunrise and the sunset. In Broward County, you can fish, ride your bike, and hike on the many walking trails.

Where Is Crystal Lake Located on a Map?

Crystal Lake is in Deerfield Beach. It is near the slightly larger Lake Eden. It’s around 6 miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

What Is the Deepest Lake in Florida?

While there isn’t a lot of information about the deepest lake in Broward County, the state of Florida as a whole is easier to find. The deepest lake in Florida is Deep Lake at 90 feet deep. Even though it is deep, Deep Lake is not very big when it comes to size or volume because the lake is only 300 feet wide, or the same length as a football field.

What Is the Largest Lake in Florida?

Although Lake Okeechobee is not the deepest lake in Florida, it is the largest! Lake Okeechobee is the tenth-largest natural freshwater lake in the United States. When you don’t include Hawaii or Alaska, it’s the third largest. Lake Okeechobee is located a bit past Central Florida. Lake Okeechobee is sometimes called Florida’s Inland Sea because of its vast size. Okeechobee covers 730 square miles and is surprisingly shallow, only reaching 12 feet deep. In fact, it’s so large that it’s located in the following counties Glades, Okeechobee, Martin, Palm Beach, and Hendry.

Lake Okeechobee has a long history with people. The first people who thought to interact with this lake were the Calusa. The lake was named Mayaimi, meaning “big water.” However, it was constantly referred to as something else like Serrope, Laguna de Espiritu Santo, and Mayacco Lake. Lake Okeechobee is an interesting body of freshwater to visit. Not only can you admire the wildlife and fish for bass, crappie, and bluegill, but you can also take the 109-mile Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail.

What Is the Deepest Lake in the United States?

Florida’s deepest lake doesn’t stand a chance against the deepest lake in the United States. Crater Lake has an impressive maximum depth of 1,943 feet. Its average depth though is 1,148 feet. Crater Lake is known for more than just its amazing depth, but its beauty. It’s surrounded by beautiful mountains. Did you know Crater Lake is also a very snowy place? The water is a deep blue and it’s located in Southern Oregon. Crater Lake is also the 9th deepest lake in the world.

Crater Lake is a volcanic crater lake formed about 7,700 years ago when Mount Mazama, a 12,000-foot-tall volcano, erupted and collapsed. While Crater Lake is very deep, it’s not the biggest lake in the United States and only spans 6 miles long and 5 miles wide.

Animals You Can Find in Florida Lakes

What animals can you find in Florida lakes? The most well-known animal that resides in most Florida freshwater lakes is the American alligator. There are over 1.25 million alligators in the state, mainly near the Everglades. However, alligators can live in any body of water, including retention ponds. Other than alligators, you can also find frogs, mosquitos, and many types of fish. Manatees are also common in Florida lakes, but only during certain seasons. They especially enjoy slowly swimming and floating in natural springs and rivers. When it gets too cold, they move to look for warmth. This is probably why so many manatees flock to Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach.

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About the Author

Nixza Gonzalez is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering topics like travel, geography, plants, and marine animals. She has over six years of experience as a content writer and holds an Associate of Arts Degree. A resident of Florida, Nixza loves spending time outdoors exploring state parks and tending to her container garden.

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