Ward Lake (Florida)

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Ward Lake
Bill Evers Reservoir
Coordinates27°25′54.48″N 82°29′8.16″W / 27.4318000°N 82.4856000°W / 27.4318000; -82.4856000Coordinates: 27°25′54.48″N 82°29′8.16″W / 27.4318000°N 82.4856000°W / 27.4318000; -82.4856000
Primary inflowsBraden River
Primary outflowsBraden River
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area255 acres (103 ha)[1]

Ward Lake, also known as Bill Evers Reservoir, is a 255 acre body of water in Manatee County, Florida, in the United States. It provides most of the water for the city of Bradenton and is a water feature in the Manatee River watershed.[1]


Its inflow and outflow is the Braden River. The lake has had problems with nutrient loading and elevated concentrations of dissolved copper.[2] Ward Lake /Bill Evers Reservoir was built in the late 1930s and expanded in 1985.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ward Lake on Manatee County wateratlas website
  2. ^ a b Manatee River Watershed Florida Department of Environmental Protection