Lake Clinch Stats:
Closest Town: Frostproof , Polk County
Lake Size: 1,207 Acres
Lake Notes: Specializing in Largemouth Bass, Bluegill and Black Crappie.
Chief industries are: citrus production, cattle, fertilizer plant, truck farming, distribution center.
Lake Clinch Parks
Lake Clinch Park: boat ramp fishing, Swimming, water-skiing. Lake Clinch is a 1,207 acre lake
Dunham, Fewox, and Wall Street Park County
The Fort Clinch State Park is a Florida State Park , located on a peninsula near the northernmost point of Amelia Island , along the Amelia River. Its 1,100 acres (4 km²) include the 19th century Fort Clinch, sand dunes, plains, maritime hammock and estuarine tidal marsh.
Recreation Activies:Frostproof is known for its numerous freshwater lakes, good for fishing, swimming and water skiing. We are close to Cypress Gardens Adventure Park (re-opening Oct. 2004), Highland’s Hammock State Park, Sebring Raceway, Historic Bok Sanctuary, Walt Disney World, Sea World, and Busch Gardens.
For those who enjoy fishing or golf, there is a golf course next door and public access to nearby Lake Clinch.
A fort was built alongside a cove of Lake Clinch on January 13, 1830. Among those men who once served there were generals A.P. Hill, George C. Meade and “Stonewall” Jackson.
Just to the northwest of the fort site was the homestead of Dosier Keen and his family. The home burned down on January 23, 1939. In the 1950s, the land was owned by Iva Langford.
Site of Hendry Cabin
George Washington Hendry constructed the first cabin between the lakes near here. He named the area Keystone City.
Just to the south was a waterway known as “the drain”, which emptied Clinch Lake into Reedy Lake, which was 27 feet lower in elevation.
In 1871, Stephen Washington Carson and his family homesteaded two miles east of Fort Meade. There, they planted corn, cotton, cassava, watermelons, beans, potatoes and peas. In 1886, they moved to a new homesite here, and planted the first citrus groves in Frostproof. His was the only citrus from Florida entered in the Atlanta Fair in 1897, as it survived the severe freezes of 1894 and 1895.
Anyone interested in fishing Lake Clinch should consult with local guides and resources before heading out to fish.
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