The Butler Chain of Lakes is the best kept secret in all of Florida. The Butler Chain consists of either 11 or 13 lakes depending on who you ask, or maybe how high the water is. All 13 of the lakes are inter-connected via 32 navigable canals (passable by boat). The lakes are beautiful having clear waters full of fish and spring fed.
The 13 lakes in the Butler Chain of Lakes are Lake Butler, Wauseon Bay, Lake Down, Little Lake Down, Lake Louise, Isleworth, Lake Tibet, Lake Chase, Lake Blanche, Unnamed Lake, Lake Sheen, Pocket Lake and Little Fish Lake.
Also in the Windermere area are lakes Bessie, Brenda (aka Hour Glass), Burden, Buynak, Lake Crescent, Lake William Davis, Estes, Sawyer, Little Lake Sawyer, Story, Mabel, Rhea, South Lake and Sloat. Lakes in the Windermere have a total surface are of nearly 10 square miles. There are also many ponds which rival some of the smaller lakes in size but are not named by the county.
If you are not from the area or maybe just wish to become more familiar with it the sizes of the lakes by surface area break down as follows. The totaling 5,124 acres or over 8 square miles of pristine spring fed lakes.
Lake Butler is obviously the namesake of the Butler Chain. This lake is the most noticeable when viewing the area on google earth and also has the town of Windermere on its eastern shores. Some of the most expensive real estate is on Lake Butler and any available land appropriately priced is quickly purchased. You can pass through Wauseon Bay then via channel under Main Street in Windermere and enter Lake Down over on Windermere’s eastern side. Also on its southeastern side is a channel which passes under Chase Rd. This connects it to Lake Louise.
Some of the subdivisions on Lake Butler are Isleworth, Lake Butler Sound, Waterstone, Kelso on Lake Butler, Chaine Du Lac, Aladar on Lake Butler and Windermere Town.
Wauseon Bay is the lake on the northwestern side of Windermere Town that sets between lake Butler and Lake Down. Wauseon Bay has some beautiful canals and homes. Some of the roads around it are rather rural so I may not take a Ferrari on them. That has not stopped owners from building million-dollar homes there. Communities such as Aladar, Lake Butler Park and Metcalf Park are not marked. Just look for the lakefront mansions or contact us we know the area well.
Lake Down and Little Lake Down are on the eastern side of Windermere. Little Lake Down is on the Northwestern side of Lake Down. It does not seem connected but trust me there is a channel there. That is why it is considered a separate lake. There is a public boat launch on the southern side of this lake. There is no parking so it is a launch and leave ramp. There are many other ramps on the butler chain but most are restricted to their individual community resident’s usage.
Some of the more well-known communities on Lake Down are Windermere, Windermere Reserve, Windermere Town and Windermere Oaks. Sunset Bay, Down Acres Estates, Lake Down Shores, Lakes and Windermere Downs.
Lake Louise is on the South side of Chase Rd. Chase Road is named after the family who can be thanked for Isleworth. Fittingly Isleworth dominates the shores of Lake Louise. Homes on her shores typically sell for 1.3 million to over 9 million dollars. Lake Louise connects Lake Butler to Lake Palmer aka. Lake Isleworth.
Lake Isleworth has RD Keene Park’s boat Launch on its southern side along with a few lakefront mansions in Keene’s Pointe. This is one of the best launches in the area. It is usually $5 to launch (or free) and if you do not have a boat you can rent one and have it delivered and launched for you. This is a very nice ramp and park. Isleworth dominates the remainder of its’ shores. Lake Isleworth connects Lake Louise and Lake Tibet. Some call it Lake Tibet Butler but I will refer to it as simply Lake Tibet.
Lake Tibet is over 2 miles from its’ northern shore to its’ southern. At its widest point it is well over 1 mile in width. Lake Tibet connects several lakes and bodies of water on the Butler Chain. Not all of them are as easily passed. Keene’s Pointe has a boat launch on the small lake on the western side of Lake Tibet. There are some larger boats on that lake but the pass is very tricky and shallow. This is an Unnamed Lake.
Lake Tibet has a lot of shoreline. On the western shore you have communities such as Keene’s Pointe and Cypress Shores. The eastern shore gets a little more crowded, maybe because of the beautiful lakefront sunset. On the east you have Cypress Shores, Bentley Park, South Bay, Bay Point, Bay Hill and Emerson Pointe. Emerson Pointe sits on the channel connecting Lake Tibet to Lake Chase.
Lake Chase is dominated by Isleworth on the Western side. Its eastern shore has Emerson Pointe and the Isle of Osprey. Two magnificent communities. Do not expect to find undiscovered property on this lake. A home on Lake chase will run from $1.3 million to $8 million and be worth it. You will definitely put yourself in a very exclusive area. Lake Chase joins Lake Tibet to Lake Blanche.
Lake Blanche is not the deepest of the lakes but has the greatest mean depth. The water is pristine and the views are of some of the nicest homes in the area. This is a secret hideaway cove with very little traffic but yet is easily accessible. The communities on Lake Blanche are the Isle of Osprey, Isleworth and North Bay. Currently Isleworth is building numerous homes on the northern shore. The cost for a lakefront home on Lake Blanche will run from $1.3 to over $4 million.
On the southern side of Lake Tibet is a small channel connecting Lake Sheen and Lake Tibet. There is no bridge. Having no bridge helps assure this is one of the most private areas in the entire county that is not gated. I love it there. Lake Sheen is on the southern side of the canal and most of the boat traffic is local owners. West Beach Park is on the western shore of Lake Sheen as is Cypress Shores, Lake Sheen Estates and Provence. Several of the lakefront homes are not associated with a subdivision on the west shore. On the eastern shore you will find many mansions not associated with subdivisions and Cypress Pointe. On the southeastern shore of Lake Sheen is the canal to Pocket Lake.
Pocket Lake is also a low trafficked lake. On its western shore is a preserve. On its eastern shore is Millionaires Row. Some of the largest homes in the county are located on the eastern shore. You can drive by and see them from Kilgore Road. Most of the homes on Pocket Lake are either Willis R. Mungers or Millionaires Row subdivisions. There are a few non-associated homes. On the Southwest side of Pocket Lake is a very long canal to, Little Fish Lake.
Little Fish Lake or Fish Lake as some call it is in a word, little. This is the southernmost lake in the Butler Chain of Lakes and is surrounded mostly by preserve. There are currently less than 12 homes with lakefront views but there are 6 more lots which are not built upon yet. There are more homes located on canals around the lake. The subdivision with lakefront homes is Waters Edge in Turtle Creek.
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