Florida Lake is a summer playground located in the suburb of Florida on the West Rand of Gauteng.
Florida Lake is a large body of water that provides a welcome green lung to surrounding neighbourhoods, including apartment blocks that overlook the expanse of water. It is surrounded by residential homes, parkland to the east and west, and has a rail link nearby.
Originally part of the farm Vogelstruisfontein, which served as a mining camp during the gold rush of the late 1800s, Florida was proclaimed in 1890 and today lies 16km west of the Johannesburg city centre, close to the townships of Bosmont, Coronationville, Newclare, Westbury and Riverlea.
Fringed by shady trees, the lake attracts dragon boaters, canoeists and sail boaters, along with visitors keen to make use of the braai (barbecue), lapas (thatched shelters) and picnic facilities over weekends and on public holidays. A kiddies’ adventure park, Olympic-sized pool and a putt-putt course are added attractions at the venue.
The Florida Lake Sea Scouts (boys and girls) operates from Florida Lake, where activities such as rowing, sailing, camping, orienteering and hiking are enjoyed.
The lake is also home to a large contingent of waterfowl and birds visiting from the adjacent Hamerkop Bird Sanctuary – much to the delight of perennial birdwatchers.