Welcome to the very desirable town of Lake Clarke Shores! Our charming town came to life in 1957, and today, it's home to approximately 1,500 dwellings with a warm and friendly population of 3,564 residents.
Nestled on the water, Lake Clarke Shores is part of the vibrant city of West Palm Beach, but it is its own town, complete with a dedicated town council and police force. Plus, it couldn't be more convenient—just a stone's throw from Interstate 95, a short drive from the airport, and just a few miles away from the bustling downtown West Palm Beach.
If you love a scenic stroll, you'll be delighted to know that you can enjoy a refreshing 3.3-mile walk around the picturesque lake. But that's not all—Lake Clarke Shores is also a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, as it doubles as a bird sanctuary. So, whether you're a resident or just passing through, you're in for a treat of natural beauty and small-town boating community charm.
The town was named after John Newton Clarke, who first filed a homestead claim in the area in 1897. Clarke intended to capitalize on the business of growing pineapples, but his efforts were ultimately unsuccessful. Very few people lived in the area until local attorney Walter Travers created a plan to develop a community around Lake Clarke and purchased 250 acres (100 ha) of land for $10,000 in the late 1940s. The completion of a bridge across the West Palm Beach Canal in 1953 spurred further growth in population. With rumors spreading that West Palm Beach intended to annex the community, residents voted by a wide margin to support the incorporation of Lake Clarke Shores as a town on April 10, 1956, which the Florida Legislature officially approved on July 1, 1957