Lake Placid (Lake Childs) Boat Ramp

Highlands County Partner Agency Ownership/Access Government Owned for General Public Use
Latitude 27° 15.1506’ Longitude 81° 22.6656’


Water Type

Ramp Construction
Poured in Place Concrete

Ramp Condition
Good to Excellent

Ramp Capacity
Single Lane 1

Vehicle with Trailer 12
Vehicle Only 0
Handicap with Trailer 0
Handicap Vehicle Only 2

Parking Surface

Parking Condition


Picnic Facilities

Lake Placid, a gourd-shaped lake, has a surface area of 3,406.03 acres (13,783,700 m2). This lake is south of the city of Lake Placid, Florida; it is just outside the south city limits of the city. This lake was once known as Lake Childs. The area immediately surrounding it is mostly rural, but there are housing developments abutting the lake on part of its west side. Placid View Drive runs along part of the west side and Old State Route 8 runs along part of the east side.

Lake Placid provides public access along part of its shore. There are two public boat ramps on shore, one at 150 Harris Drive (on the northeast side) and the other at 3280 Placid View Drive (on the west side of the lake). There are no public swimming areas along the lake shore, but it can be fished from the shore. This lake has a variety of game fish: largemouth bass, catfish, bream, bluegill, redear sunfish, blue catfish, crappie.

27.2431°N 81.3655°W

Maximum Length
2.93 Miles (4.72 km)

Maximum Width
1.71 Miles (2.75 km)

Surface Area
3,406.03 Acres (1,378 ha)

Maximum Depth
57 Feet (17 m)

Surface Elevation
92 Feet (28 m)

  • Freshwater Lake
  • Good to Excellent Ramp Conditions
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Poured in Place Concrete

3280 Placid View Dr, Lake Placid, FL 33852, USA

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