Bathymetric Maps

To improve the cost-effectiveness of submersed aquatic plant management in Florida public lakes, FWC initiated an ongoing bathymetric mapping project. To date, maps have been generated for approximately 150 waterbodies. Those with a history of large-scale hydrilla problems or management programs received first priority, followed by waters in which hydrilla has only recently been introduced. Mapping of additional waters will occur as funding and water levels allow.

Bathymetric data are collected when water levels are high, and water volumes are calculated for one-foot contours. Water acreage and average lake volume at the time of data collection are provided for each waterbody.

These measurements are crucial for accurately applying herbicides to submersed aquatic plants. Managers must have accurate water depth information to calculate the appropriate amount of active ingredient to apply. Too much herbicide is not only wasteful; it can result in unintended control of non-target plants. Too little herbicide can result in no control at all.

Click on a waterbody below (or from the A-Z listing) to see the corresponding bathymetric map.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W Y
Waterbody Countysort icon Acres
Santa Fe Lake Alachua 4,721
Sampson Lake Bradford 2,042
Salt Lake Brevard 366
Sawgrass, Lake Brevard 407
South Lake Brevard 1,101
Shell/Prairie Creek Res. Charlotte 140
Silver, Lake Hernando 130
Sebring, Lake Highlands 468
Seminole, Lake (Fl Section) Jackson 3,200
Sheen, Lake Orange 565
Starke Lake Orange 203
Shipp, Lake Polk 283
Smart Lake Polk 275
Summit, Lake Polk 67
Stella, Lake Putnam 308
South Lake Talmadge Volusia 60