26 April 2010, JellyBean @ 7:21 am

Does Lake Clinch in Polk County have a lake serpent? The lake contains quite a large fish stock of large mouth bass, and bluegill and lack crappie. There is a food source to sustain something in the lake. However, there is some controversy over whether there is a tradition of a creature in the lake.

‘There is a tradition that a sea serpent, or lake serpent, used to haunt Lake Clinch,’ M.F. Hetherington wrote in his 1928 A History of Polk County. ‘The Indians many years ago insisted there was an immense serpent in this lake. In 1907 residents of Frostproof declared they had seen the monster, and that it must be 30 feet long – this, too, before post-prohibition liquor was known.’

and the opposite view:

‘My own inquiries to local libraries and newspapers failed to produce any leads or archival reports,’ Newton wrote. ‘It is entirely possible that Lake Clinch has produced some cryptid sightings in the past, or that it may figure in aboriginal mythology, but as of press time for the work in hand, no further information was available.’

However, I found this interesting story from 1926 about a man thought to have been killed by a large serpent in the lake:…

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