The global positioning system is utilized in lake flow analysis to facilitate experimental evaluation for numerical results of a lake flow simulation. In our lake flow experiment a float travels on the lake surface receiving the fluid resistance due to lake flow, while a global positioning system receiver keeps track of its position. A momentum equation is derived when the product of the float mass and its acceleration is set equal to the driving force. The temporal change in the position of the float can be simulated when numerical solutions of lake flow equations are given. A comparison of numerical results and experimental data leads to an evaluation of the numerical simulation of lake flow.