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Why Lake Tohopekaliga Outside Orlando Is Worth Visiting

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  • Why Lake Tohopekaliga Is A Great Break From Orlando?
  • Lake Tohopekaliga - A Bass Fishing Capital
  • Lake Toho Bass Fishing Tours
  • Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures

There are plenty of shallow lakes in Florida - often these are the domain of alligators and plenty of large fish. Lake Tohopekaliga (also called Lake Toho or West Lake) is the largest lake in Osceola County in Florida and is a great outdoor destination for those visiting Orlando.

While Disney World and Universal in Orlando are some of the best theme parks in the world, it is also refreshing to add some very different attractions to one's vacation. The truth is there is much more to Orlando than just Disney and the other theme parks. Lake Tohopekaliga is an ideal destination just outside of Orlando for fishing, relaxing with a family, airboat rides, and even learning about Native American culture.

Why Lake Tohopekaliga Is A Great Break From Orlando?

Lake Tohopekaliga (or Toho) is only minutes from Disney World, Universal, and Orlando. It is characterized by shallow flats of maidencane, bullrush, and hydrilla that help to fortify large populations of baitfish and bass.

  • Size: It covers 22,700 acres (91.86 km2)
  • Name: Means "We Will Gather Here"

Lake Tohopekaliga is linked to East Lake Tohopekaliga by Canal 31. The canal extends for 4 miles or 6 kilometers. To the north, Lake Tohopekaliga is bordered by Kissimmee.

Go to Lakefront Park and visitors can stroll along the scenic walking paths where visitors can spot alligators, turtles, waterfowl, otters, and other creatures calling the lake and its surroundings home. Facilities include grills, restrooms, covered picnic areas, and play areas for the children.

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Lake Tohopekaliga - A Bass Fishing Capital

Lake Tohopekaliga is famous for its bass fishing and birdwatching. To anglers, it is known as a world-class bass fishing destination and hosts professional bass fishing competitions. Try one's hand at catching some of the Florida-strain largemouth basses that grow to large proportions in the lake.

  • Famous For: Producing Large Bass
  • Competitions: Hosts Annual Bass Fishing Competitions

While there, consider taking a fishing charter. Lake Toho is famous for producing more big bass than any other lake in Florida and beyond. It is estimated by Florida Wildlife Commissions biologists that there is one bass weighing in at over 10 pounds for every ten acres of lake.

“[Lake Toho is) the most consistent lake in the country for producing both numbers and Trophy sized bass”

Bassmaster magazine

Lake Toho Bass Fishing Tours

AJ's Bass Guide offers a range of bass fishing charters on the famous lake. They enable anglers to take advantage of their professional knowledge of the lake to hook the biggest bass.

2.5 Hour Fishing Trip:

  • Cost: $225.00
  • Priced: For Two People (Each Additional Person is $50)
  • Included: All gear, tackle, and gas
  • Children: For Free Under 12 Years Of Age In Groups Of 3

Four-Hour Guided Trip:

  • Cost: $300.00
  • Priced: For Two People (Each Additional Person is $50)
  • Included: All gear, tackle, and gas
  • Children: For Free Under 12 Years Of Age In Groups Of 3
  • Note: Able To Accommodation Any Sized Party

Five-Hour Guided Trip:

  • Cost: $325.00
  • Priced: For Two People (Each Additional Person is $50)
  • Included: All gear, tackle, and gas
  • Children: For Free Under 12 Years Of Age In Groups Of 3
  • Note: Able To Accommodation Any Sized Party

Eight Hour+ Guided Trip:

  • Cost: $325.00
  • Priced: For Two People (Each Additional Person is $75)
  • Additional Hours: $50
  • Included: All gear, tackle, and gas
  • Children: For Free Under 12 Years Of Age In Groups Of 3
  • Note: Able To Accommodation Any Sized Party

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Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures

Another great activity to enjoy on Lake Toho is to take an airboat tour of it. Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures offers more than just airboat tours. They are set in an enchanted 32-acre landscaped park under a canopy of oak trees.

They have a Native American village where one can learn about the Native American way of life and survival on the marshes of Florida. See their towering Chickee Huts and numerous hand-make creations. Learn all about the forgotten Jororo Tribe that once thrived in Central Florida. Their Native American village replica is a living history museum and ideal for families seeking to combine fun with education.

  • Native American Attraction: An Authentic Native American Village Replica
  • Opening Hours: 9.00 am to 5.30 pm
  • Days: 7 Days a Week

They also have a restaurant where one can grab a delicious meal - don't forget to check out their gem mine as well!

Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures Airboat Rides

30 Minute Airboat Rides:

  • Adult: $49.88
  • Child: $39.29 (Aged 3-10)
  • Includes: Airboat Ride, Lunch, Gem Mine & Park Admission

1 Hour Airboat Rides:

  • Adult: $69.88
  • Child: $59.29 (Aged 3-10)
  • Includes: Airboat Ride, Lunch, Gem Mine & Park Admission

Lake Toho has everything needed for a great day out!

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