Florida lakes are absolutely stunning. From expansive lakes to the smaller hidden gems, these lakes offer endless opportunities for relaxation and recreation However, even these stunning bodies of water are not immune to pollution. Many of them are sadly experiencing heavy contamination. From industrial contaminants, agricultural runoff, and untreated sewage to plastic, and various types of garbage.

AZ Animals compiled a list of the ten most polluted lakes in the U.S. According to the site, humans discharge approximately 80% of the world’s wastewater back into the environment, largely untreated, polluting rivers, lakes, and seas.

Which Florida lake rank among the most polluted?

Florida is home to a massive freshwater lake known as Lake Okeechobee. Unfortunately, this lake has earned itself the number two spot for most polluted lakes in the U.S. According to the website, Florida’s waters have been plagued by stormwater pollution and algal blooms fueled by the runoff of fertilizers for quite some time. It also said the state has the most acres of lakes that are too contaminated for swimming or healthy aquatic life. As a result, the water in these areas can contain elevated levels of fecal matter and other bacteria, posing health risks to humans. Additionally, the presence of low oxygen levels and other pollutants can have detrimental effects on fish and other aquatic species.

In 2021, the state of Florida and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were busy making changes to fix up Lake Okeechobee. They had an excellent plan to increase the amount of water the lake could hold by working on the area north of it. They wanted to improve the lake’s water levels.

Where is the most polluted lake in the U.S.?

In Central New York, you’ll find Onondaga Lake, which holds a rather unfortunate title: the most polluted lake in the United States. This lake is one of the most polluted in the nation and ranks among the most contaminated lakes worldwide.

See the full study and ranking here.

5 Florida Beaches Named the Best 'Secret Beaches' in America

Summer is here, and it’s going to be hot, as always, in Florida. Florida beaches are very popular and fun. But, they can also get crowded. Thankfully, there are some “secret” beaches that are kind of more difficult to find.

If you’re looking for some “secret” places to get your beach on in Florida, the crew at Family Destinations Guide has done the research to find you those spots. “We surveyed 3,000 families in the United States to determine the hidden beaches they most want to visit in summer 2023,” they state in the study.

As it turns out, Florida has four of the top 10 “secret beaches” in America, according to this study. That means they shouldn’t be too overcrowded. That’s a great thing.

If you’re wondering about Family Destinations Guide, they regularly feature “reviews of hotels, resorts, destinations, and attractions your whole family will love. In addition, the site is filled with ideas that will help you plan your next trip. From family trips with infants and children, to excursions with teens and older kids, Family Destinations Guide gives you detailed advice for traveling with kids of all ages.” Even if you don’t have kids, their content can be useful. For example, these secret beaches can be fun to visit no matter your age. Read on for four Florida spots that made the top 10 of the list and one extra. Find the full list here.

  • Shell Key Preserve

    Shell Key Preserve, Florida is ranked No. 2 on the list. That’s amazing! What makes it stand out? According to Family Destinations Guide, “The beach is unspoiled and natural, with no development or buildings, offering a peaceful and serene atmosphere.”

    Shell Key Preserve

    Shell Key Preserve is a jewel-in-the-rough that few people take the time to experience. A 1,828-acre archipelago at the mouth of Tampa Bay off Florida's Gulf Coast, Shell Key Preserve is frequented primarily by birds and other wildlife. For people to get there, they must take a boat to Shell Key, the biggest piece of dry land in the preserve.

  • Lovers Key State Park

    Lovers Key State Park is ranked No. 6 on the list. According to the official Florida State Parks website, the park “protects some of the most pristine barrier islands in Southwest Florida.” It also features “over two miles of sugar-sand beaches.”

    Lovers Key State Park

    Effective March 16: The beach, boat ramp, trails and paddling launch areas of Lovers Key State Park remain closed. Please adhere to all posted signs and avoid closed areas. The bayside is open for limited day use activities.

  • Dry Tortugas National Park

    Dry Tortugas National Park is ranked No. 9 on the list. According to the park’s official website, “This 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands.” It’s also accessible only by boat or seaplane.

    Dry Tortugas National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

    Almost 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West lies the remote Dry Tortugas National Park. This 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life, and the vast assortment of bird life that frequents the area.

  • Boneyard Beach

    Boneyard Beach is ranked No. 10 on the list. According to the Florida State Parks website, it “is a favorite Jacksonville retreat and close-kept secret.” It also offers three miles of shoreline along the Nassau Sound.

    Boneyard Beach

    What do nearby Jacksonville Beach and Big Talbot Island State Park 's Boneyard Beach have in common? Very little, actually. They are both Florida beaches located in the same county and city, but are so different in appearance and atmosphere that you may find yourself doubting that you are even in the same state.

  • Navarre Beach

    Navarre Beach is ranked No. 13 on the list. According to the Visit Florida website, “Navarre, a compact beach community found just east of Pensacola at the far northwestern tip of the state, beckons with 12 miles of pristine white shoreline.”

    Navarre Florida - Vacation Guide & Attractions in Navarre FL

    Nestled between Gulf Islands National Seashore and Navarre Beach County Park, the beach community of Navarre offers solitude and simplicity. Relaxation is the main attraction here.

  • Source

    This study comes from the Family Destination Guide. They surveyed 3,000 families in the United States to find the hidden beaches they most want to visit in summer 2023. Find the full list here.

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