Most first-time visitors to the area may say that it is a little further away from everything than Dr. Phillips, but for luxury living at its best, look no further than the Town of Windermere. Pristine sand bottom lakes surround this small West Orange community. Boaters and Bass fishermen will love the system of canals that connects eleven lakes known as the Butler Chain of Lakes comprised of Lake Down, Little Lake Down, Wauseon Bay, Lake Butler, Lake Louise, Lake Isleworth, Lake Chase, Lake Pocket, Lake Tibet, Lake Sheen, and Fish Lake.
The most popular types of boats to navigate the chain are ski boats, pontoon boats, and bass fishing boats. Lake Butler is the largest lake in the chain and houses an island bird sanctuary commonly referred to as “Bird Island” which many boaters use as a gathering place.
A large blue pontoon boat covered in speakers, coolers, and of course a grill named “Grillin and Chillin” is a fixture there on most popular weekends and holidays. Some popular neighborhoods on the Butler include Isleworth, Lake Butler Sound, Kelso, Keene’s Pointe, Windermere Downs, Marina Bay, Osprey Isle, Tibet Pointe, Bay Hill, Emerson Pointe, Cypress Isle, Cypress Point, and Chaine du Lac.
Lake Down is the northernmost lake but when the water levels become too low or high it becomes difficult to make it through the canal to the rest of the chain depending on the type of boat you’re in. Lake Tibet is the second largest lake in the chain and the Bay Hill marina offers a place to buy gas while on the chain. Another place to get gas on the chain is the Orange County Sportsman’s Club on Lake Sheen.
A Sportsmans’s Club membership is a sought-after commodity in Southwest Orlando because it’s only just a few hundred bucks a year and you get 2 boat ramps, boat storage, a clubhouse, and a beach for your weekend boating excursions. The waiting list for membership typically runs at least two years but like many clubs, knowing the right person could expedite the process.
To join the legions of boaters waiting to join, membership information can be obtained at 407-876-2010. The only public access to the Butler Chain is at the R.D. Keene Park located on Chase Road in Windermere and during the summer months, the 47 parking spaces fill up by the early morning hours. The Lake Down ramp does provide another place for access but there’s no place to park so what’s the point?
Probably the least desirable lake on the Chain, if there is such a thing, is Wauseon Bay because much of the lake is a no-wake zone. Don’t get me wrong, I would take a house on Wauseon Bay in a second. Heck, I’ll take one on one of the canals.
The water on this chain is crystal clear and is spring-fed. Most lakes in Central Florida such as the Clermont Chain, Conway Chain, Winter Park Chain, Harris Chain, and Lake Toho tend to have bathwater temperatures during the summer months but the water in the Butler remains cool even in the peak summer months. The only complaint I have about the Chain of Lakes is that I can’t afford a house on it but other than that, boat houses on docks are no longer allowed and the pre-existing boat houses have been grandfathered in.
Butler Chain of Lakes Boat Tour
Butler Chain: Exploring the Majestic Lakes
Embark on an enchanting boat tour of the Butler Lakes, where nature’s beauty meets serene waters. Traverse through the interconnected lakes, captivating your senses with breathtaking views and a tranquil ambiance. Immerse yourself in this formal and creative adventure that showcases the wonders of the Chain.
Embark on an enchanting boat tour of the Butler, an exquisite collection of interconnected lakes. As you traverse through these serene waters, prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring vistas that blend nature’s beauty with tranquility. Immerse yourself in this formal and creative adventure, where the wonders of the Chain unfold before you, leaving an indelible mark on your senses.
Embark on an enchanting boat tour of the Butler, an exquisite collection of interconnected lakes. Traverse through these serene waters and prepare to be captivated by awe-inspiring vistas that blend nature’s beauty with tranquility. Immerse yourself in this formal and creative adventure that unveils the wonders of the Chain, leaving an indelible mark on your senses.
Butler Chain of Lakes fishing
Butler Chain – A Haven for Fishing Enthusiasts
Nestled amidst the picturesque landscape of Central Florida, the Chain of Lakes stands tall as a premier destination for fishing enthusiasts. With a network of interconnected lakes spanning over 5,000 acres, this natural gem offers a haven for anglers seeking tranquility and abundant catches. Embark on an unforgettable fishing adventure on the Butler, where serenity meets the thrill of reeling in trophy-worthy bass and basking in the awe-inspiring beauty of the surrounding scenery.
Butler Chain: Unleash Your Fishing Dreams
Immerse yourself in the enchanting allure of the Chain, a hidden gem nestled within Central Florida’s picturesque landscape. With a sprawling network of interconnected lakes spanning over 5,000 acres, this angler’s paradise beckons with its tranquil waters and bountiful fishing opportunities. Prepare to be captivated as you embark on an unforgettable fishing adventure, where the thrill of reeling in trophy-worthy bass harmonizes beautifully with the awe-inspiring beauty of the surrounding scenery. Discover the perfect blend of serenity and exhilaration on the Butler, where fishing dreams come to life.
Fishing Butler chain of lakes
The chain of lakes is renowned among fishing enthusiasts for its abundant and diverse fish population. With a series of interconnected lakes, including Lake Butler and Lake Down, this picturesque waterway offers a prime fishing experience. Anglers can expect to find a variety of fish species, including bass, crappie, and catfish, making it a popular destination for both recreational and competitive fishing. The serene surroundings and well-maintained facilities further enhance the allure of the chain of lakes for fishing enthusiasts.
The Chain of Lakes Advisory Board is a formal governing body that oversees the management and preservation of the Butler of Lakes. Comprised of appointed members, the board plays a crucial role in making decisions related to water quality, environmental conservation, and recreational activities within the chain of lakes. Through their expertise and dedication, the advisory board ensures the long-term sustainability and enjoyment of this valuable natural resource for the general public.
Butler Chain of Lakes bass fishing
The Butler of Lakes offers exceptional bass fishing opportunities. With its interconnected series of lakes and abundant vegetation, the chain provides an ideal habitat for bass to thrive. Anglers can enjoy the challenge of catching largemouth bass, known for their size and fighting spirit, while surrounded by the natural beauty of the chain. Whether you are a seasoned angler or a novice, the Chain of Lakes promises an unforgettable bass fishing experience.
The depth, temperatures, and water clarity also contribute to making the Butler one of the best for bass fishing. It’s a little less renowned than nearby East Lake Toho, but the locals know that the Butler is pretty comparable and a heck of a lot easier to fish. Bass tend to congregate tightly during the cold winter months at the ledges of drop-offs which can go as deep as 41 feet then migrate to offshore submerged grass beds in 10 to 20 feet of water.
Spring brings spawning season and the best time of the year for bass fishing where bass beds in shallow water which can be a foot or less. There are so many different types of structures to fish here and most of them are easy to access. Jigging a gold spoon works well in fishing deep water holes like the one on Little Lake Down and popular baits for fishing various structures on the lakes include Gary Yamamoto Senkos, Zoom Trick Worms, Zoom Flukes, White Willow Leaf Spinnerbaits, and various swim baits suited for really clear water.
Butler Chain of Lakes Advisory Board
I really like the chartreuse shad color on my crankbaits and slashbaits and the watermelon color with red or black flecks works well for Senkos and Trick Worms. Fishing on the Chain is a lot more pleasant during the weekdays with far fewer boaters crowding the waters. The fish bite all year round, but your best chance to catch the bass of a lifetime is during the Spring spawning season. Tim Fey, a resident of SW Orlando, is a well-known guide along these waters who authors Bass Fishing Florida, a great resource for finding out what lures are working where.
This chain of lakes makes waterfront living in Windermere the premier location to live in Southwest Orlando. Windermere was given its name by Dr. Stanley Scott, whose father purchased 160 acres in this picturesque location in 1885. Dr. Scott built his home on the shore of Lake Butler, and it is believed by many that he named this town after England’s Lake Windermere. A book entitled Windermere Among the Lakes by Carl D. Patterson, Jr. published in 2005 creates the most detailed account of Windermere’s history.
Today, more than 2,300 people inhabit the Town of Windermere. The community, however, has not based its success on how rapidly it grows, but on how natural and pleasant a community in which it is to reside. Windermere tries to focus on preserving the town’s natural state and strong community atmosphere. The town’s quality of life is its most distinguishing feature. In fact, many of the town streets remain unpaved to continue their commitment to retain the pristine nature of the chain of lakes. The only paved street is 2nd Avenue which leads to Bumby Point, a peninsula that lies between Wauseon Bay and Lake Butler.
butler chain lakes
For luxury living with a small-town feel, you can’t beat the Town of Windermere. The Windermere Police Department, although comprised of I believe just 3 officers, have a reputation in the area for handing out speeding tickets for going even a mile an hour over the speed limit so beware. They’re probably bored from the lack of crime so I guess I can’t blame them. Other than that, the dirt roads, small-town feel, and the canopy of age-old oaks make Windermere a really neat place to call home.