Places to Water Ski in Florida

by Ian Farquharson

Located on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, Florida's Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico coastlines, plus its many inland waterways, provide plenty of opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy water activities. This includes waterskiing, with locations available to enjoy either boat or cable-towed skiing. These range from man-made resorts, to freshwater lakes and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Polk County Lakes

With a reputation as the "Water Ski Capital of the World," Polk County has plenty of locations to enjoy the sport. The U.S. governing body for the sport, USA Water Ski (, has its headquarters in the county. Some of the lakes on which to ski include Lake Alfred, which has the Lucky Lowe Ski School (, and the Chain of Lakes in Winter Haven, with Ron Scarpa Water Sports ( based at this location.

Coastal Locations

The location of Florida on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard provides coastal locations that cater to water-skiers. The Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve, managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (, lies on the Atlantic coastline, in the Miami area of South Florida. Forming part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the 4,000-acre preserve allows water sports within its confines, with waterskiing one of the activities that visitors can enjoy.

State and National Parks

Some of the state and national park locations in Florida will allow waterskiing on the lakes, ponds, and other water bodies within their confines. This includes the Ocala National Forest, managed by the U.S. Forest Service ( Located in Central Florida, the park has a few locations where water-skiers can enjoy their sport. This includes the Lake Dorr Recreation Area, Mill Dam Recreation Area and Wildcat Lake, all of which have ramp access for launching a boat.

Cable Parks

A cable park provides a different style of waterskiing, with a pulley system towing the skier across the water. The Ski Rixen USA resort ( provides this style of skiing, with the resort based in Quiet Waters Park in the city of Deerfield Beach in South Florida. Skiers of 12 years or older can use the facilities, with waterskiing, wakeboarding, and knee-boarding some of the activities available. The Orlando Watersports Complex ( has two cable pulley systems available for water-skiers. This includes a beginner/intermediate system for those new to the sport, and a slider system, with obstacles and jumps, for more experienced skiers.

About the Author

Ian Farquharson has worked as a freelance writer since 2008. He has written for individual clients, as well as various online publications, and brings sports and travel expertise to eHow. He has a Bachelor of Engineering in civil engineering from Dundee College of Technology.

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