Winter Haven is where every day is the perfect day to enjoy warm sunshine on your face and refreshing waters of the City's many lakes. This close-knit community has a diverse population with a variety of historic neighborhoods to choose from. Everything you need is inside the City limits from shopping and recreation to good jobs and education. Winter Haven is at the headwaters of both the Peace River watershed and the Floridan Aquifer. This means that the only water available for both public water supply and lakes comes from rainfall. Because the lakes are interconnected with the aquifer, the health of groundwater resources and lakes is of paramount concern. The past 100 years has focused on water as a waste product, but now we realize that water resources are interconnected and all aspects of water have to be managed as one system. There are 50 lakes that either touch or located within the City of Winter Haven that cover an estimated 5,200 acres. There are two chains of lakes...the Northern Chain has 8 interconnected lakes and the Southern Chain has 16 lakes all connected at the same elevation. Most of the lakes in Winter Haven are called 'solution lakes', which means that they formed in the same manner as sinkholes form - through the dissolution of limestone and the eventual collapse of the overlying land surface.