Maria Sanchez Creek

Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine
St. Augustine and St. Johns County: A Pictorial History
A View of Maria Sanchez Creek

Dublin Core


Maria Sanchez Creek

Alternative Title

Maria Sanchez Creek Water Park
Maria Sanchez Lake
Lake Maria Sanchez

Date Modified

c. 1923


This natural resource is a creek that has been turned into a lake.


This creek first appeared and was named on the Antonio Arredondo map of 1737. There is no definitive answer of who this lake is named after. It used to be the eastern boundary of the City of St. Augustine reaching as far north as present-day Flagler College's Ponce Hall.

The creek became a lake when Henry Flagler started the construction of the Hotel Ponce de Leon by dredging sand from the current Fort Mose Historic State Park to fill in the northern reaches of the creek. The work was overseen by Captain Frederick W. Bruce and Franklin W. Smith.

After the 1880s, it has had a succession of at least three names: Maria Sanchez Lake, Maria Sanchez Creek Water Park, and Lake Maria Sanchez. In the early 20th century, a dam was built by the City of St. Augustine by South Street. This feature is located in Lincolnville, a historic neighborhood in St. Augustine.


Accessible to the public with no visitor restrictions.

Rights Holder

St. Augustine, FL 32084

GPS Coordinates: 29.8856° N, 81.3116° W


The following books, articles, websites, and photographers were used to find the above photographs or illustrations: 

Photograph 1 (c.1885): Graham, Thomas. Mr. Flagler’s St. Augustine. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 2014.

Photograph 2 (1910): Harvey, Karen. St. Augustine and St. Johns County. Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company, 1980.

Photograph 3 (2023): Augusty, Jean-Marc. "A View of Maria Sanchez Creek." March 11, 2023.

The following books, articles, and/or websites were used to find information about this location:

GovernorsHouseLibrary. “From Creek to Lake: The Maria Sanchez.” Governor’s House Library: Explore St. Augustine’s History. June 16, 2021.


Flagler College Special Collections is neither the original nor current copyright owner for the photographs. Please contact the publisher or source cited for each photograph to obtain a copy and/or permission to reproduce these items.

Is Referenced By

The following St. Augustine Fiction books feature this natural feature as a location:

The Vessel Tinaja
The Picolata Road
Three Vassar Girls at Home
The Relic

Date Submitted

This record was last updated on March 28, 2023.


“Maria Sanchez Creek,” St. Augustine Fiction, accessed June 13, 2024,