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This gage is monitored in cooperation with the South Florida Water Management District.
LOCATION.--Lat 27°26'27", long 81°15'42", in NE1/4 sec.18, T.35 S., R.31 E., Highlands County, Hydrologic Unit 03090101, in canal on northeast corner of lake, at Palm Estates Retirement Community, 0.6 mi southwest of town of Lorida, and 9.1 mi east of De Soto City.
GAGE.--Water-stage recorder and data-collection platform. Datum of gage is at NGVD of 1929 (levels by South Florida Water Management District). Prior to May 19, 1937, nonrecording gage at datum 40.54 ft higher and May 19, 1937, to Aug. 17, 1942, at datum 38.54 ft higher, at site on northwest shore of lake 4.0 mi southwest of mouth of Arbuckle Creek. Aug. 20, 1942, to July 6, 1965, water-stage recorder near mouth of Arbuckle Creek at datum 34.07 ft higher. July 7, 1965, to Nov. 27, 1973, water-stage recorder at site 7.5 mi south at datum 30.00 ft higher. Nov. 28, 1973, to Mar. 27, 1990, at present datum at site 7.5 mi south.
REMARKS.--Lake controlled by dam with removable stoplogs in Istokpoga Canal from June 1949 to July 1962. Since July 21, 1962, lake controlled by operation of structure 68 on Canal 41A on southeast shore of lake. Dam on Istokpoga Canal is still in place. Flow occurs at times in this canal.