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Help Protect Crooked Lake from Invasive Plant Species

Staff from the Polk County Natural Resources Division recently presented to the Defenders of Crooked Lake Board of Directors regarding their ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of invasive plants in Crooked lake. Their primary targets include Water Hyacinth, Hydrilla, Cuban Bulrush, and West Indian Marsh Grass. A copy of the presentation from Polk County […]

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2020 Crooked Lake Boat Parade

Mark your calendars for the 2020 annual Crooked Lake boat parade- Saturday, December 12 at 6pm. Meet in front of the Crooked Lake Prairie boardwalk. Anyone is welcome to join the parade. A $100 cash prize will be awarded to the boat with the the best decorations!

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Changes Coming to Crooked Lake Park Wastewater System

The Crooked Lake Park Sewerage Company, which operates a wastewater utility in the neighborhood between US 27 and Crooked Lake, suffered repeated sewer overflows in the summers of 2019 and 2020. These overflows resulted in raw sewage discharging directly into canals on Crooked Lake. In 2019, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) filed an […]

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Declare Your Independence from Lake Trash

On Saturday, July 11, Defenders of Crooked Lake is sponsoring their 6th annual Crooked Lake clean-up. Lakes Appreciation Month is celebrated every July nationwide to draw attention to the value and importance of protecting our lakes and waterways from pollution. This is a good chance to help keep Crooked Lake as Polk County‚Äôs Outstanding Florida […]

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Frostproof Re-zones 8 Acres of Agricultural Land to Allow Single-Family Residential Development

At the March 16th City Council meeting in Frostproof, the City Council approved a Planned Unit Development to re-zone approximately 8 acres of former citrus grove to allow the development of 8 single-family homes, each on 1 acre. The land is on Cody Villa Road at the south end of Cody Cove. In November 2019, […]

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Defenders Match Challenge for Windy Hill Initiative Reaches Its Goal!

The Windy Hill Initiative is a project of the Green Horizon Land Trust to protect the incredible view from Windy Hill over Crooked Lake and and also to protect the underground water retention that specific area provides Crooked Lake. The land trust is raising money to purchase properties as they come up for sale or […]

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50th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Meeting

The Defenders of Crooked Lake celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a beautiful celebration at Bok Tower Gardens on March 12, 2020. President Jim Tully kicked off the event with a presentation on the history of the Defenders. Robin Gibson spoke about his efforts to keep Crooked Lake Outstanding. During the meeting, officers were elected for […]

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2019 Crooked Lake Boat Parade

The Annual Crooked Lake Boat Parade will be on Saturday, December 14, 2019 starting at 6pm. Any boat owner is welcome to be a part of the parade. A cash prize will be awarded to the boat with the best decorations.

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Defenders of Crooked Lake Support the Windy Hill Initiative

The Windy Hill Initiative is the vision of local people to protect one of the highest points in peninsular Florida. This unique geological feature embraces the eastern shore of Crooked Lake. The 300 foot summit is 1.5 miles south of Babson Park and is traversed by Scenic Highway. The local Green Horizon Land Trust is […]

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A History of High Water Levels on Crooked Lake

During this period of heavy rains and high water on Crooked Lake, there is much discussion in our community about how Crooked Lake ought to drain. There exists today a canal between Crooked Lake and Lake Clinch. Across the canal exists a concrete weir. During periods of high lake levels, water can flow through the […]