Lake Poinsett

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Lake Poinsett
Location Brevard / Orange / Osceola counties, near Cocoa, Florida
Coordinates 28°20′N 80°49′W / 28.333°N 80.817°W / 28.333; -80.817Coordinates: 28°20′N 80°49′W / 28.333°N 80.817°W / 28.333; -80.817
Primary inflows Taylor Creek, St. Johns River
Primary outflows St. Johns River
Basin countries United States
Max. length 2.74 miles (4.41 km)
Max. width 5.43 miles (8.74 km)
Surface area 4,334 acres (18 km2)
Surface elevation 13 feet (4 m)

Lake Poinsett is a lake in Brevard County, Florida, near Rockledge and Cocoa, with small portions in Orange County and Osceola County. It is the second largest lake in Brevard County, after Lake Washington, though it is actually the smallest lake in Osceola County. It is the widest lake in Brevard County, with a distance of 5 miles (8 km) at its widest point. At the eastern portion of the lake, a channel connects Lake Florence and Barnett Lake.

Lake Poinsett and all the other lakes flow northward as part of the St. Johns River system.

It is where the Saint Johns River runs along county lines north of the lake. It is part of the St. Johns River Water Management District. At the extreme northwest corner of Lake Poinsett is Taylor Creek, a tributary of the St. Johns River.

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Poinsett Shores[edit]

Poinsett Shores is a boating community located on the northeastern side of Lake Poinsett, at the southern end of former State Road 520A (Lake Poinsett Road). It is one of two communities that surround Lake Poinsett, the other being WoodMoore Estates on the east-northeastern shore. The community is about one and a half square miles.


History[edit]

250,000 fish were killed in July 2002, when a heavy rainstorm washed in phosphorus-rich runoff from lawns in the area as well as from septic tanks.[4]

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Notes[edit]

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  4. ^ Waymer, Jim (November 13, 2012). "St. Johns lake health stagnates". Florida Today (Melbourne, Florida). pp. 1A, 3A.