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Indian Lake Estates, Florida
Indian Lake Estates, Florida is located in Florida
Indian Lake Estates, Florida
Indian Lake Estates, Florida
Coordinates: 27°48′50″N 81°22′42″W / 27.81389°N 81.37833°W / 27.81389; -81.37833

27°48′50″N 81°22′42″W / 27.81389°N 81.37833°W / 27.81389; -81.37833
CountryUnited States
State Florida
County Polk
69 ft (21 m)
Time zone UTC-5 ( Eastern (EST))
 • Summer ( DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
33855 [1]
Area code(s) 863
GNIS feature ID295792 [2]

Indian Lake Estates is an unincorporated community in Polk County, Florida, United States. Indian Lake Estates is located on the eastern shore of Lake Weohyakapka (Lake Walk-in-Water), 14 miles (23 km) east-southeast of Lake Wales.


El Dorado Estates, Inc. was incorporated in January 1955, with Washington, D.C. real estate developer Leon Ackerman as its only shareholder. In October 1955, the company's name was changed to Indian Lake Estates, Inc. and it purchased a large tract of undeveloped land on the shores of Lake Walk-in-Water, about 19 miles southeast of Lake Wales. [3] The company purchased the 12-square-mile tract for $222,000, or roughly $35 per acre. [3] [4]

Ackerman envisioned an exclusive gated community of 15,000 residents, complete with golf course, country club, marina, and pier on Lake Walk-in-Water. [5] [6] In December 1955, the first plat of the 7,200-acre community was recorded at the county courthouse. [7] The company invested millions to build a network of canals near the lake, a quarter-mile pier, and 200 miles of roads throughout the development, of which 98 miles are paved. [6] [4] Prices for half-acre lots in the community started at $2,250. However, most of the buyers of plots were land speculators and only about 150 homes were built in the initial years after the community was founded. By 1959, financial problems seemed imminent and the following year Ackerman sold his interest in the company to Alaska Oil & Mineral Company, Inc. [7] However, the Indian Lake Estates, Inc. went bankrupt in April 1965. [5] As of 2009, there are about 700 homes, mostly near the lake or golf course, on the community's over 8,000 lots. [7]

Notable residents


  1. ^ United States Postal Service (2012). "USPS - Look Up a ZIP Code". Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  2. ^ "Indian Lake Estates". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ a b Indian Lake Estates, Inc. v. Stewart, 448 F.2d. 574 ( United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 1971).
  4. ^ a b Bair, Bill (2 October 2002). "Remote Community Struggles With Issues That Keep It From Blossoming". The Ledger. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Bair, Cinnamon (1 July 2007). "Indian Lakes Estates Fell Short of Prospect". The Ledger. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b Snyder, Jack (3 November 1986). "Land Of Lost Dreams Developments Of Days Past Awakening From Deep Sleep". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  7. ^ a b c Stuart, Paula (6 December 2009). "Small ridge community grew on shore of Lake Walk-In-Water". The Ledger. Retrieved 15 December 2016.

External links

Official website