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Lake Buffum

Buffum, Lake


located within Peace River - Lower Peace River Watershed


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Water Levels

Water levels typically follow rainfall patterns during periods of wet weather and drought. From these data, one can get a picture of how recent flood or drought events compare to historical data. Learn more about lake water levels »

Water Levels NGVD29
Latest Value 130.62 ft. 5/30/2018 Source: SWFWMD_HYDRO
Historic Norm for Month 128.5 ft. 1974 - 2018
Historic Range 123.9 - 133.0 ft. 11/7/1972 - 5/30/2018 467 samples
FEMA Levels No Data
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Bathymetric Maps and Depth Information

These are the latest available contour maps of the lake's bottom. These maps can be used to determine where "holes" (deep spots) exist on the lake bottom. Such areas are often productive for fishing. Learn more about bathymetric maps »

Bathymetric Map
View Map Details Method Lake Elevation
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Date: 3/9/2010
DGPS_SONAR 125.08 ft. ()
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    Additional Hydrology and Geology Information

    The Lake Region Classification System is a tool used for grouping lakes based on similarities in physiography, geology, soils, hydrology, water chemistry, vegetation, and climate. It was created from a cooperative effort involving the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and researchers at the University of Florida's Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. There are a total of 47 Lake Region groups. These are used to provide a framework of the different types of lakes in the state so that management plans can be developed for groups of lakes with similar characteristics. Learn more about Florida Lake Regions »

    The lake region this lake is located in is:

    Lake Wales Ridge Transition (Region 7534)

    This lake region includes the transition lakes that are darker colored with higher nutrients and contains more extensive areas of poorly-drained soils than the Southern Lake Wales Ridge region. This lake region also includes a narrow, 20 mile long sand ridge located in the Avon Park Bombing Range. There are several very small lakes on this ridge, but little is known about them. The sand pine and scrub covered ridge contains soils similar to the edges of the Lake Wales Ridge where the more colored lakes are located. The lakes in this region are mostly acidic, although about one-third of them tend to be alkaline. They have low to moderate nutrients, and are slightly to moderately colored.

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