3100 New Jersey Rd. & Glendale St.
Lakeland, Florida 33803
Lake Somerset has an average depth of 7.9 feet, with a surface area of 46.93 acres. Lake Somerset serves a drainage basin area of 721.94 acres - this includes Lake Bentley and Lake John watersheds.
Lake John is in southeast Lakeland between Lakeland’s water treatment plant and the Wood Lake development. Prior to this area being developed, all of the old phosphate pits were called Lake John. After the development was put in, the eastern pit was cut off from the western area, and the front pit on Glendale Street was renamed Lake Somerset.
There is a boat ramp on Lake Somerset. Access to Lake John is via a narrow cut in the south of Somerset. The old phosphate tailing islands are covered with Brazilian Pepper, and many birds nest here. It has been a noted Wood Stork rookery for several years. Often, the dominant bird on Lake Somerset is the White Ibis. Other birds nesting are: Roseate Spoonbill, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Tricolored Heron, Double-crested Cormorant, Anhinga, Limpkin and Moorhen. Birds seen but not observed nesting include: Sora Rail, Least Bittern, Fish Crow, Osprey, Redwinged Blackbird, Mottled Duck and Black-bellied Whistling Duck.
© April L. Gustetter