Lake Hancock

Lake Hancock, covering 4,584 acres, is a Public lake situated in Bartow in Polk County, with the associated WBID(s): 1623L.

Lake Hancock sits at the headwaters of the Peace River within the Circle B Bar Reserve. The lake plays an important role in meeting minimum flows in the Upper Peace River, as well as in improving water quality in the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor. The lake’s western shoreline, known as the Alligator Alley Trail, was damaged due to increased water levels and winds caused by Hurricane Irma in 2018. In partnership with Polk County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the CHNEP restored sixteen shoreline sites along Lake Hancock’s Alligator Alley. To learn more about this project, download a CHNEP Lake Hancock Shoreline Restoration Factsheet.

This waterbody is located within: Peace River Basin

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CHNEP's Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) identified four action plans: water quality improvement; hydrological restoration; fish, wildlife, and habitat improvement; and public engagement. Click on the interactive maps below to view data associated with these goals and actions.

Water Quality Snapshot

The Water Quality Snapshot compares the most current water quality data to applicable water quality standards for Chlorophyll a, Phosphorus, Nitrogen, Bacteria, and Dissolved Oxygen to provide a snapshot of how a waterbody is doing. Water quality standards are outlined in Florida Administrative Code 62-302 for fresh/marine waterbodies of different types and uses. A Water Body Identification number (WBID) is an assessment unit that is intended to represent Florida’s waterbodies at the watershed or sub-watershed scale. The assessment units are drainage basins, lakes, lake drainage areas, springs, rivers and streams, segments of rivers and streams, coastal, bay and estuarine waters in Florida.

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