About Cherry Lake
Cherry Lake is located in the northern part of Madison County, within 1.5 miles of the Florida-Georgia border. County Road 253 runs along the perimeter of the lake and intersects with State Road 53 to the west of the lake. The lake is approximately 479 acres in surface area, with a median water surface elevation of 151.16 feet (ft) above the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD88). The lake has a max depth of approximately 14 ft.
Drainage of Cherry Lake was altered from historical conditions by a man-made canal dug in the 1940s for the purpose of powering a grist mill. Anecdotal reports suggest that over time the bottom of the ditch may have been scoured deeper by the passage of water. Beavers have periodically constructed dams in the canal, which affect lake levels.
The lake watershed covers approximately 964.6 acres. Most of the land use in the watershed is waters (50.4% - primarily the lake itself), followed by urban and built-up (23.8%) and upland forests (17.2%). Agricultural and range land comprise 4.2% of the watershed; while wetlands comprise a total of 4.1%. The lake is designated as impaired for nutrients due to an imbalance in flora under the Impaired Waters Rule (Chapter 62-303, F.A.C.).