I’ve worked with quite a few buyers for lakefront properties over the years and invariably the question about the alligator population comes up, especially from those coming from up north. The answer is that there are alligators in every body of water in Central Florida, but populations vary quite a bit.
Here in SW Orlando, you don’t see too many of them on the Butler Chain and you see a few more on the Clermont Chain and Johns Lake, but I’ve been swimming in all these waters and being attacked has never crossed my mind.
I got to thinkin about it when I drove over the bridge on Lake Jessup today and glanced at the water. It seemed like there were a bunch of logs floating around at first, but I noticed they were gators with a little closer look. I mean I almost ran off the road. They were everywhere with pacts of about a dozen of them spread across the lake like the picture on this post.
The lake has been rumored to have over 10,000 of those toothy critters and 77 every square mile of the lake. This is one lake I ain’t going swimming in. The only other lake that could be considered comparable is Lake Apopka where the famed Bella Collina adorns its shoreline.
Now, there are places infested with alligators but at least not in SW Orlando. I’m not saying you won’t see any, but there’s just not that many of them.
So you guys worried about them shouldn’t be unless you’re on Lake Jessup or Lake Apopka.