As you begin your search fro active retirement communities be sure to visit Lake Ashton and Vienna Square, two active retirement communities that put active back into retirement communities. Central Florida has long been known for abunant sunshine, beaches, theme parks and its lakes. If you enjoy fishing, boating or water skiing the Winter Haven area is the perfect location for an active retirement communities. The following article from the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce gives you more information on the wonderful lakes and water sport opportunities in the area.
Winter Haven has officially adopted the slogan, "The Chain of Lakes City." Widely recognized as the water skiing capital of the world, Winter Haven's "Chain of Lakes" is a boater's paradise. The famous chain is a unique series of 16 lakes connected by navigable canals. Winter Haven is 146 feet above sea level. Its city limits touch or surround more than 30 lakes. Polk County's 2,002 square miles include 554 freshwater lakes.
The Lake Region Lakes Management District manages our system of canals and public access to the Chain. In late 2006 a new lock structure will open to the public on the Lake Hartridge/Lake Idylwild canal. The simple gateway will connect the southern Chain of Lakes to the nine-lake northern chain.
Public boat ramps are available in many places along lakeshores, some in conjunction with beaches, fishing piers, recreational facilities and picnic grounds. Lake Shipp Park, an 18-acre city park, has a boat ramp and picnic tables. Lake Cannon Park features picnic and launch facilities as well.
Water skiing is both a sport and a business in Winter Haven and is enjoyed on many lakes. World champion barefoot skier, Ron Scarpa, operates a barefoot skiing school on the chain.
Any spot in Winter Haven is within a few steps of a freshwater lake or canal. Fishing is a serious pursuit and serious fun here. Anglers between the ages of 16 and 65 must purchase a fishing license obtainable at most Wal-Mart stores or at the Tax Collector's Office, 430 E. Main St., Bartow. Phone 863-534-4700 for more information.
Our beautiful "chain of lakes," as well as dozens of other "independent" lakes, make our community a water-based Central Florida paradise. Each year in April the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce and the City of Winter Haven hosts the weeklong "Chain of Lakes Festival." From cardboard boat races to the lakeside Sunset Celebration, there's something for everyone who live in active retirement communities.
If you like water, boating, fishing, skiing, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets ... you've come to the right place ... Winter Haven - The Chain of Lakes City.
So as you search active retirement communities remember CRF Communities offers the best choice for active retirement communities. What a great way to stay active enjoying all the beautiful lakes and water sports available to you.