Area 5 is a reclaimed muck farm near the Emeralda Marsh. About 10 to 12 years ago, this was a premium fishing hole for bass and blue gills. I had one trusted hole where I could catch blue gills all day long nearly as fast as I could cast a line. Today, the lake is mostly overgrown with weeds and grass. Although pretty much impossible to navigate with anything other than an air boat, it is a refuge for water fowl. On my most recent trip, the lake was filled with coots, ducks, herons, egrets and other wading birds.
We even encountered a water moccasin sunning along the bank of Lake Griffin. Fortunately, he was more interested in the late afternoon sun than us and didn't even seem to notice as we walked around him.