The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in th Continental United States


McKillip Lake Named for Conch


During the recent City Commission meeting, Commissioner Richard Payne presented John Leigh McKillip with a City challenge coin and announced the naming of Lake McKillip in New Town.

The “lake” is a salt pond, one of three located along the Salt Run Creek. It abuts 10th Street and covers about four acres of saltwater habitat.

McKillip, born and raised in Key West, built his house in 1960 in the neighborhood that overlooks the lake. He raised his family there and has spent many years on its waters.

The original request to name the body of water came from McKillip’s son Alan.

“Growing up on the ‘first pond’ was great!” he wrote in a letter to Commissioner Payne. “My dad and I built several pram and skiff styled boats which were launched in the pond… We used to have row boat races in the pond.”

The designation is in honor of McKillip’s 60 years of service, caring for the lake. Commissioner Payne noted that the lake has never been named, and that McKillip – who lives next to the lake --- has for decades cleaned up around the lake and kept it in its park-like condition.