Lake Tarpon



  • Lake Tarpon is the largest freshwater lake in the Tampa Bay area
  • 2,534 acres of surface area
  • Designated an Outstanding Florida Water and a Fish Management Area
  • Located in Pinellas County
  • 52-square-mile watershed


Three main challenges exist in the Lake Tarpon watershed:

  • Decline in water quality due to highly urbanized watershed inputs
  • Imbalanced fish communities
  • Increased nuisance algal blooms and non-native vegetation


Through cooperation with other government agencies, these challenges are met by:

  • Providing stormwater treatment to lake inflows
  • Restoring hydrology and habitat restoration of surrounding wetlands
  • Providing public education on lake and watershed issues

Success Indicators

Successful project implementation is indicated by:

  • Increased submerged plant development
  • Balanced fish communities
  • Expanded coverage of native plants

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