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The physical effects of channelization, including alteration of the system's hydrologic characteristics, largely eliminated river and floodplain wetlands and degraded fish and wildlife values of the Kissimmee River ecosystem. The meandering river was transformed into a 56-mile-long, 30-feet-deep, 300-feet-wide canal. Excavation of the canal and deposition of the resulting spoil eliminated approximately 35 miles of river channel and 6,200 acres of floodplain wetland habitat.

The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes:
The Kissimmee Chain consists of  Lake Toho, East Lake Toho, Lake Cypress, Lake Hatchineha, Lake Kissimmee, and the canals that connect them. Other lakes connected by natural creeks are Lakes Tiger, Marion, Jackson, Rosalie, and Walk-in-the-Water. Water from Reedy creek north of the town of Kissimmee eventually winds up in Lake Okeechobee on it's way to the Everglades. East Lake Tohopekaliga is part of the Kissimmee River chain of lakes. It has extensive growths of bulrush and torpedo grass, which provide excellent habitat for bass. This lake is one of the best in the state for numbers of bass. This is one of the clearest lakes in the state. It is usually easy to see bottom in 6 to 8 feet of water along the reed line. Overall water quality is very good.  
Butler Chain of Lakes:
Located west of Orlando.  Johns Lake is at the Orange and Lake county line and provides wonderful fishing. The Winter Park Chain in Winter Park and Maitland is known for its sightseeing opportunities. Several downtown lakes are large enough to accommodate boating and have public boat ramps. Clear Lake provides fishing opportunities for bass, bream and catfish.  Lake Ivanhoe fishing can be surprisingly good for an urban lake.  Lake Underhill is on the eastern side of Orlando and is divided by the East-West Expressway. This is a good lake to fish for crappie in the winter and bass in the spring. A healthy catfish population offers additional fishing opportunities.

Harris Chain of Lakes:
In central Lake County, with natural creeks, canals interconnect the individual lakes. Boaters can launch in any of the lakes and make their way into the Ocklawaha River to fish for bass, bream and crappie.

Clermont Chain of Lakes :
Located in southern Lake County. Lake County has more than 1,000 named lakes. This chain is a popular fishing area and the large, undeveloped marsh provides excellent wildlife viewing.
The Lake Holly Chain is located on Highway 450 just north of Umatilla.  The Ocklawaha River rises from the Harris Chain of Lakes in Lake County, flows north through Marion County and eventually discharges into the St. Johns River near Welaka.  The river is heavily used by pleasure boaters, sightseers and anglers. Lake Weir is a 5,685-acre lake that is one of the most popular recreation areas in Marion County. Lake Kerr is in north Marion County near the town of Salt Springs. It is surrounded by the Ocala National Forest and is less urbanized than Lake Weir.

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