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Conway Chain

Conway Chain Homes for Sale

New Listing - 5 hours online
$1,395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,078
SQFT
5248 Driscoll Court
Belle Isle, FL 32812
CASTLES AT LAKE Subdivision
Price Change - 6 days ago
$869,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,487
SQFT
2800 Alsace Court
Orlando, FL 32812
LAKE CONWAY ESTATES Subdivision
Price Change - 4 days ago
$995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,042
SQFT
3001 Cullen Lake Shore Drive
Belle Isle, FL 32812
LAKE CONWAY ESTATES Subdivision
$884,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,372
SQFT
5025 Saint Denis Court
Belle Isle, FL 32812
LAKE CONWAY ESTATES Subdivision
$650,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,596
SQFT
1420 Belle Vista Drive
Belle Isle, FL 32809
LYNNWOOD SHORES Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$469,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,807
SQFT
6917 Willoughby Lane
Belle Isle, FL 32812
VENETIAN VILLAS Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$1,699,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,492
SQFT
4843 Backacre Lane
Orlando, FL 32806
GATLIN WITH HOBBS Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$1,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,242
SQFT
5595 Hansel Avenue
Orlando, FL 32809
HARNEY HOMESTEAD Subdivision
$635,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,914
SQFT
4000 Waterfront Parkway
Orlando, FL 32806
WATERFRONT ESTATES Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$675,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,222
SQFT
2914 Overlake Avenue
Orlando, FL 32806
WATERFRONT ESTATES Subdivision
$3,900,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
7,158
SQFT
7500 Daetwyler Drive
Orlando, FL 32812
SILVER BEACH SUB Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$135,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
971
SQFT
5319 Hansel Avenue #7
Orlando, FL 32809
CAMELOT BY LAKE CONDO Subdivision
$469,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,999
SQFT
3808 Harbour Drive
Orlando, FL 32806
WATERFRONT ESTATES Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$675,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.9
ACRES
ORANGE, FL
COUNTY
7710 Daetwyler Drive
Belle Isle, FL 32812
 
$2,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
9
TOTAL BATHS
8,322
SQFT
750 Gatlin Avenue
Orlando, FL 32806
RANDOLPH LAND REP Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$1,424,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,560
SQFT
233 Harbour Gardens Court
Orlando, FL 32806
HARBOUR GARDENS Subdivision

Overview

The Lake Conway Chain of Lakes is one of Orlando’s most popular lakefront communities. Similar to the Windermere/Butler Chain of Lakes and the Winter Park Chain of Lakes, the Lake Conway Chain has a rich history and features some of Central Florida’s most valuable waterfront properties.

First – a disclaimer: My family and I live on the Conway Chain, so if I sound at all biased…it’s because I am. It is arguably one of the most family-friendly lakes in Orlando, and we love it. You’ve been warned. Ha!

The Conway Chain is comprised of Lake Gatlin, Lake Conway, Big Lake Conway, and a number of canals along the way. These are what I’ll call the “official” names, but locals will often use terms like Middle Conway, South Lake Conway, and Little Lake Conway when discussing what are essentially four different pools of the two main Conway lakes. The aerial photo to the right clearly shows the four pools of the larger Conway Lakes, and if you study it you’ll see the smaller Lake Gatlin to the northwest.

The Lake Conway Chain of Lakes’ proximity to Downtown Orlando is truly unique. Homes around the Conway Chain are just minutes from Downtown, Orlando International Airport, several major hospitals, and the very popular SODO shopping and dining district.

The incorporated towns of Edgewood and Belle Isle encompass many of the lakefront homes on the Lake Conway Chain of Lakes. Both are small municipalities with dedicated police forces, but many other services are shared with the City of Orlando and Orange County.

Locals share stories of the original homesteads along Lake Conway and Lake Gatlin, many of which were set up as fish camps back in the early 1900s. Due in part to the concerted efforts of owners and civic leaders over the years, the Conway Lakes have, for the most part, remained extremely healthy, and its clear green waters remain one of the top fishing spots in the area. The lakes support a healthy fishery of largemouth bass, crappie, bream, catfish and even the occasional chain pickerel. You may also see what appear to be tailing reds along the shorelines on some mornings, but these are just some of the grass carp that have been placed in the lakes from previous hydrilla management efforts from years past.

I’ve found some holes in these lakes that are over 30’ in depth (which is relatively deep for a Central Florida lake), and the variety of bottom contours and aquatic plants make for some fantastic fishing almost year round. The Lake Conway Chain is famous among anglers for its schools of shad that congregate from late winter through early / mid spring, and many fisherman will cast net for the shad and fish live baits, catching what are typically large quantities of smaller bass (“schoolies”). Artificial surface baits that seem to do quite well are a Zara Spook, Dalton Special, and a Chug Bug. Small divers like a Rapala’s Shad Rap and a Rattle Trap have also produced for me on days of temperature extremes in the deep waters. And, of course, the good ol’ rubber worm and various crankbaits tend to be pretty reliable as well. All in all, the fishing is outstanding.

The lakes of the Conway Chain are some of the best in Orlando for watersports. Because the lakes are large and deep, and the canals that interconnect the lakes are well-maintained and navigable year round, you can almost always find good water for whatever type of activity you seek. Wakeboards, water skates, skis, and myriad of tube devices are a popular site being pulled behind boats and personal watercrafts of all shapes and sizes.

Additionally, these lakes tend to be a great social scene. Barbecues, dock parties, bonfires and sunset cruises are the norm along the white sandy shores of the Lake Conway Chain. The annual Christmas light parade is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and the sandbar on the north lobe of the South Lake is always a good spot to tie up and relax with your favorite cold beverage while you catch up with neighbors.

Lake Info

The lakes of the Conway Chain combine to cover more than 1800 acres of surface area. This beautiful body of water is characterized by typically clear, green waters and hard, sandy bottom. I have been on the lake at days where water clarity exceeded 25 feet. It is truly amazing!

The Conway Chain commonly refers to Lake Conway, divided into East, West, Middle, and South pools, and Lake Gatlin. Lake Gatlin is the smallest, measuring at about 64 acres. It also tends to be the deepest, with some holes close to 30’ deep. Lake Gatlin is what I would characterize as a “smallish” ski lake, and once several boats are out it is probably best to move over to one of the larger lakes. The canals connecting all of the lakes are managed by the Conway Navigational Board, which is volunteer board through Orange County that assists in the allocation of funds and resources for management of the Lake Conway Chain waters.

These lakes boast some of the finest lakefront properties in the Orlando area, and there is a high level of community involvement in protecting these beautiful lakes. Most of the Lake Conway waterfront owners tend to be environmentally aware of the impact they can have on water quality.

    Boat Ramps

    Public access to the lakes is available at the Randolph Street Boat Ramp into Middle Lake Conway off Hoffner Avenue, two blocks east of Orange Avenue. The ramp is maintained by the Orange County Division of Parks and Recreation and sits next to a small park with a dock that makes for good bank fishing. The cities of Edgewood and Belle Isle also maintain several smaller parks with ramp access into other areas of Middle Lake Conway and Lower Lake Conway.

    The Randolph Street Boat Ramp may be contacted at (407) 836-6160.

    Lake Acreages

    Click the lake name for more detailed information on water quality, depth, characteristics and ecology:

    View Conway Chain of Lakes in a larger map.

    Community / School Info

    The neighborhoods surrounding the Conway Chain of Lakes offer several school options, both public and private. The elementary schools are Pine Castle, Shenandoah, Pershing, and the newly opened Cornerstone Charter School for K – 12. Middle school zones are Conway, Walker, and Memorial. All high school students will attend either Boone High School or Oak Ridge High School. Oak Ridge High has had challenges in recent years, and this was one of the leading factors behind the efforts to start up the Cornerstone Charter that pulls primarily from the Belle Isle and Edgewood neighborhoods. There are also a lot of families on the lakes whose children attend private schools such as Lake Highland Prep, The First Academy (TFA), Pine Castle Christian Academy, and Bishop Moore Catholic High School, among others.

    To search current year school rankings and data from the Florida Department of Education, please visit: http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/default.asp

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