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Ward Lake
Bill Evers Reservoir
Type Reservoir
Primary inflows Braden River
Primary outflows Braden River
Basin countries United States
Surface area 255 acres (103 ha)
Settlements Bradenton

Ward Lake, also known as Bill Evers Reservoir, is a 255-acre body of water in Manatee County, Florida, in the United States. It provides most of the water for the city of Bradenton and is a water feature in the Manatee River watershed.


Its inflow and outflow is the Braden River. The lake has had problems with nutrient loading and elevated concentrations of dissolved copper. Ward Lake /Bill Evers Reservoir was built in the late 1930s and expanded in 1985.

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