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Lake Osborne, Lake Worth

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#3 of 6 in Parks in Lake Worth
Lake Osborne, Florida, USA is a 378-acre (152.9 hectares) lake that is part of a system of once natural freshwater lakes lying along the western slope of the coastal ridge in Palm Beach County just west of the Florida Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. It is located within the C-16 drainage basin which occupies approximately 40,031 acres of land (16,200 hectares). Five drainage canals discharge directly to Lake Osborne, and Lake Osborne discharges via the E-4 canal to the C16 and C51 canals to the Lake Worth Lagoon. The lake is bordered on the west by John Prince Memorial Park, and on the east be the City of Lake Worth.
This lake system has been greatly impacted from human activities. It has been extensively modified and reduced in size by dredge and fill activities from urban and residential development; several lakes were completely filled and built upon. The lakes were probably dredged contemporaneous with canal construction in the 1920s or earlier. It is likely that filling of the adjacent wetlands for residential construction occurred at the same time or later. Square Lake and its oxbow lake were dredged for fill in the 1960s and additional dredging occurred in the north lobe of Lake Osborne in the 1970s.
Degradation of lake water quality has been ongoing; however with the elimination of domestic waste discharges 20+ years ago, the water quality has shown improvement. Eutrophication continues as a result of continued discharges of stormwater and agricultural and yard/street runoff. More than two dozen stormwater outfalls are situated within 1000 ft of Lake Osborne. In addition to the lake’s loss of habitat value due to urban and residential growth, there has been significant establishment of exotic vegetation, fish, and molluscan species that have disrupted the lake’s ecosystem function.
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  • John Prince Park has many interesting areas and good walking trails. We have seen gators and iguanas around the lakes while hiking. Two excellent jogging trails are also available. Unfortunately, coun...  more »
  • I enjoy walking this lake peaceful and relaxing your mind hearing the birds singing and rabbits playing it’s good for excrising morning and evening the ducks and squirrels enjoying the nice nuts nice ...  more »
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  • Nice boat ramp and lake. Good bass fishing! Use your depth finder to look for drop offs and little ledges to find fish, or go fish near the attractor or along any of the edges or structures. Live shiner or a good rattler for bait. Have caught large mouth, sunshine and peacock bass, Clown Knife and some huge catfish! Also a great lake for tubing, knee boarding etc. Just be mindful, we have spotted gators in the lake, so stay in the main area if your going to do any water sports. 🐊
  • I have lived there for 14 years. Great place!

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