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Lake Denton, Florida

In Highlands County, Florida, about a 1.5-hour drive from Orlando, is Lake Denton, a 66-acre (26-hectare) spring-filled body of water that holds a reputation as a good place to hone your diving skills. The dive site is reached via the 16-acre (6-hectare) property of Lake Lake DentonDenton Camp, a Christian ministry of Lake Denton Management Inc. All diving must be scheduled through the camp staff. Call director Philip Elders at (863) 634-8722 or the camp at (863) 453-3627. Underwater finds at Lake Denton include three small boats connected by a line that divers can follow at a depth of 20-25 feet (6-7.5 m). A c-card and signed liability waiver are required. Check out www.lakedentoncamp.org for a list of all requirements. The lake is nestled between the cities of Avon Park and Sebring, Florida.

Depths to: 50 feet (15 m).
Visibility: 6-15 feet (1.8-4.5 m).
Water temperature: 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit (20-27 degrees Celsius).
Aquatic life: Bluegill and other freshwater fish.
Fees: $10 per diver.
On-site amenities: A shower and changing room are available.

More info: Visit www.lakedentoncamp.org.

Open: Year-round.

Getting there: From Avon Park, Florida, drive south for a couple of miles on South Highlands Drive/Florida Highway 17, which turns into South Memorial Drive. Turn east onto Lake Denton Road, which takes you to the camp entrance. See map here.