Be Careful! These Are Florida’s Most Gator-infested Lakes


Given that Florida is home to an estimated one million alligators, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if you come across one in a nearby body of water.

But there are more alligators in certain lakes than others.

A-Z Animals published a list of Florida lakes with the highest concentration of alligator infestations earlier this year.

Lake Okeechobee ranked highest on the list, which is not surprising considering that it is the state’s largest lake, covering more than 700 square miles in surface area.

The rating indicates that it’s big enough that it needs to be divided into several zones by the researchers doing the alligator census.

Even if Lake Okeechobee is the best, there are still a lot of other places to be cautious. The following is the complete ranking:

Rank Lake County/Counties No. of Gators
1 Lake Okeechobee Glades/Hendry/Martin/
Okeechobee/Palm Beach
2 Orange Lake Alachua 2,732
3 Lake George Volusia 2,660
4 Lake Jesup Seminole 2,414
5 Lake Kissimmee Osceola 2,065
6 Lake Istokpoga Highland 1,321
7 Lake Hatchineha Polk 1,287
8 Kenansville Lake Indian River 1,188
9 Lake Rousseau Levy 708
10 Newnan’s Lake Alachua 657
11 Lake Apopka Orange 634
12 Lake Panasoffkee Sumter 576
13 Lake Hancock Polk 559
14 Lake Griffin Lake 534
15 Blue Cypress Lake Indian River 499
16 Lake Miccosukee Jefferson 472
17 Lochloosa Lake Alachua 338
18 Lake Pierce Polk 314
19 Lake Marion Osceola 275
20 Lake Seminole Pinellas 238
21 Crescent Lake Putnam 214
22 Lake Weohyakapka Polk 168
23 Lake Arbuckle Polk 168
24 Lake Dexter Polk 166
25 Lake Lamonia Leon 144
26 Lake Monroe Volusia 138
27 Johns Lake Orange 124
28 Lake Wimico Gulf 113
29 Lake Hicpochee Gulf 109
Alligator Lake
(Honorable Mention)
Osceola 47


Remind yourself that killing or harassing an alligator without a permit is illegal in the state of Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission advises people to attempt to leave the creatures alone if at all possible.

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