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Lake Winder is a 1,496-acre (6 km2) lake in Brevard County and a small portion lies in Osceola County. The lake was named after U.S. Army Captain Edward Winder. Early in 1838 Winder was assigned to scout the area for Seminoles. He discovered Lake Poinsett. The smaller lake to the south was named after Winder.[1] Lake Winder is the only lake in the St. Johns River basin that doesn't support a marina.[citation needed] The nearest unincorporated settlement is Viera, Florida, 7.3 miles (11.7 km) to the east. It's the third largest lake in Brevard County. It is part of the St. Johns River system and governed by the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Lake Winder
LocationBrevard / Osceola counties, near Viera, Florida
Coordinates28°14′35″N 80°51′41″W / 28.24306°N 80.86139°W / 28.24306; -80.86139Coordinates: 28°14′35″N 80°51′41″W / 28.24306°N 80.86139°W / 28.24306; -80.86139
Primary inflowsSt. Johns River
Primary outflowsSt. Johns River
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length2.51 miles (4.04 km)
Max. width1.29 mi (2.08 km)
Surface area1,496 acres (6 km2)
Surface elevation13 feet (4 m)


Lake Winder is at 28°14′35″N 80°51′41″W / 28.24306°N 80.86139°W / 28.24306; -80.86139. It is located approximately between US 192 and the Beachline. The lake is located 5 miles (8 km) upstream (south) of Lake Poinsett. The waterway to it is navigable. It is located downstream (north) of Lake Washington, FL. The St. Johns River flows north.

About 2 miles (3 km) to the west is CR 419.

Two canals make the way to Lake Winder but do not cross the county line.


  1. ^ Blakey, Arch F. General John H. Winder, CSA (Refer to page showing genealogical chart of the Winder family); Ervin, William R. Let Us Alone; Eriksen, John M. Brevard County, Florida: A Short History to 1955