Lake Panasoffkee



  • Lake Panasoffkee is the third largest lake (4,820 acres) in west central Florida
  • Designated an Outstanding Florida Water
  • Located in Sumter County


The main challenges facing Lake Panosoffkee stem from substantial groundwater input from the Floridan aquifer. This input has created:

  • Loss of lake area due to sedimentation
  • Loss of desirable habitat for fisheries
  • Increased shoreline vegetation and tussock formation


Because the sediment accumulation is a result of in-lake processes, all of the restoration steps involve sediment removal.

Success Indicators

Successful project implementation is indicated by:

  • Increased submerged plant development
  • Improved fisheries habitat

Future goals are then developed through an adaptive management process, always striving to help restore Florida’s natural ecosystems