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Proposed RV Park near Cody Cove

On December 19, 2023, the Defenders of Crooked Lake received a presentation by Chris Daly, owner of Landdaly, LLC, regarding his proposed development on property near the intersection of Cody Villa Road and Wes Mann Road. As presented, the development would consist of a Recreational Vehicle (RV) Park with 141 spots on 47 acres. On […]

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Stories from the Shores

If Crooked Lake could talk- oh the stories it could tell! The Defenders of Crooked Lake is launching a creative project to preserve stories from the shores. We want to hear all about your memories, funny stories, events, and family history that unfolded in, on, and around Crooked Lake. Gather up your pictures and recall […]

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In Memoriam: Tom Schotman

By Mary Morrison Tom Schotman is remembered for his determination and enthusiasm for protecting Crooked Lake and the surrounding area. His leadership in Defenders and Babson Park Visioning Group made a positive difference for our community. We also remember his tireless work with animals including rehabilitation of gopher tortoises, eagles and countless other species. Many […]

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Babson Park’s First Post Office

By Judy Stevens A humorous description of Babson Park’s first Post Office was included in Louise Quinn’s 1990 book entitled Crooked Lake – Babson Park Rediscovered. Quinn states that in 1913, the first Postmaster of Crooked Lake, as Babson Park was called then, was William A. Buzzard. But residents reported that his wife Elsie was […]

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If You Live on a Lake

A poem by Judy Stevens If you live on a lake, it becomes a friend, and eventually family. You learn its language, know its rhythms and moods, share its daily anticipation as sunrise illuminates another dawn’s unforeseen comings and goings. Like you, on occasion it can be cruel. Mostly, though, it’s generous – a wet […]

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Fall Migratory Birds

By Kristiana Heath Calling all birdwatchers! The cooler temperatures of fall and winter spur the fall migration of many species of birds heading south to warmer climates. The fall migration of birds usually begins in September and November. Some birds fly incredible journeys all the way to the southern hemisphere, while making stops in Florida […]

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2023 Christmas Boat Parade

UPDATE: Due to the inclement weather forecast for the evening of December 16, the 2023 Christmas Boat Parade is postponed until Saturday, December 23 at 6pm. Mark your calendars for the 2023 annual Crooked Lake boat parade- Saturday, December 16 at 6pm. Meet in front of the Crooked Lake Prairie boardwalk. Anyone is welcome to […]

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Earth Day Cleanup a Success!

This past April, Defenders of Crooked Lake members and friends came together on Earth Day to tackle the pressing issue of pollution. Armed with gloves, trash bags, and an unwavering determination, they set out to make a difference in their community. From Babson Park pillar to pillar, they diligently collecting discarded waste and debris. With […]

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Lakewatch Explained

By Win Stevens

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Protecting Shorelines on Crooked Lake

Three ideas for protecting Crooked Lake shorelines.