Friday, February 27, 2009

Lake Tohopekaliga, or Lake Toho, is an 18,800-acre lake in Osceola County known as one of the best lakes in Florida for bass fishing. Lake Toho has hosted the Bassmaster Classic, the Super Bowl of pro tournament bass fishing. The city of Kissimmee is on the northen shore.

In 2001, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission placed it on a top 10 list of bass fishing sites in Florida. At the southern end there is a canal that leads to lakes Cypress and Kissimmee. The lake is part of the headwaters of the Everglades, with water from the Kissimme River feeding into Lake Okeechobee.The land we know today as Osceola County was once the southernmost edge of what was considered "settled." Settled areas had more than two people per square mile. In the late 1850s, everything to the south of Lake Tohopekaliga, except the settlements at Tampa Bay, was true frontier.
For years magazines like Outdoor Life, Field and Stream and Bass Fishing have called Lake Tohopekaliga one of the top ten trophy bass lakes in the United States.
This is the Marina, bait shop, and a nice place to have breakfast. I sometimes stop in when I ride my bike to the lakefront.

East Lake Toho is the big round lake that is in St. Cloud, Florida, the next town over. It is connected to Big Lake Toho by a canal that has locks to regulate the flow of water from East Lake into our's.


cieldequimper said...

Interesting plus it does look beautiful. Osceola... Isn't that a Native American name?

Jacob said...

I've been through Kissimmee and stayed in Kissimmee many times and never knew it was on a lake! Good grief. That's what happens when you're too focused on have a good Disney time!

Karen said...

Cieldequimper, yes it is. Osceola was a Chief.. I'll try to post something about him in in a post as soon as I can.
Yes, Jacob, we have so many lakes and this one is hidden just a few blocks from downtown Kissimmee so I'm sure many Disney fans don't know it's there.
I live in the orange part at the top of the lake.