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Lake Okeechobee - Florida's Inland Sea

The saying goes, "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush", but picture having a cold beverage, a pole, or a book in your hand while viewing two feathered buddies do their business on the beautiful Lake Okeechobee shoreline. Experiences like this aren't reserved for special occasions. The Big O is always waiting for you.

About The Lake Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee, the US's eighth-largest freshwater lake, is breathtaking regardless of the weather. The Florida icon remains vacation-ready all year due to its tropical location, and it is surging in appeal with savvy holidaymakers searching for a unique experience. The lake offers plenty of activities on and off the water.

The Lake's History

The sea's retreat most likely formed the lake during the Pleistocene. About 6,300 years ago, organic peat buildup along the lake's southern margin considerably enlarged the original lake. The maximum elevation of this natural dam was achieved fewer than 2,000 years ago. Lake Okeechobee has no channelized drains in its natural occurrence.

In the latter part of the dry season, when many other interior wetlands in South Florida have dried up, the 382 km2 emergent marsh makes up a resource of regional significance that is heavily utilized both by wading birds for nesting and feeding.

Since the early 1900s, canal systems and channel improvements have been introduced. Much of the current drainage and water supply system was designed and constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. South Florida Water Management District is in charge of maintaining and operating these systems.

A notable characteristic of Lake Okeechobee is that its water contains high levels of sodium, calcium, bicarbonate, and chloride. It is thought that edaphic factors play a significant role in the eutrophication of the lake, as its geological formations are naturally rich in phosphorus and nitrogen.

Things To Do at Lake Okeechobee


Lake Okeechobee is one of Florida's premier fishing regions, a mecca for fishing enthusiasts from across the country. This place is all about the bass.

With its abundance of docks, boat ramps, stream beds, rivers, and grassy coves, the town is an ideal stopping point for fishers and their seconding crews caring for ice-cold beverages and picnic baskets.

Eco-Tourists and Nature Enthusiasts

The Okeechobee ecosystems' lull is too pleasant to comprehend, yet the weirdest mix of animals and plants thrives in this green paradise. The lake is also a habitat to a diverse range of species, including the state's most enormous population of alligators in the previous two decades.

The bird list will also thrill birdwatchers, with numerous uncommon species frequently sighted at the water's edge. Sandhill Cranes,  Purple Gallinules,  and Crested Caracaras all appear more frequently than one might expect.

Great Blue Heron looking over Okeechobee Lake

Inspiring Campgrounds

Lake Okeechobee and its surroundings provide tourists with a rustic experience while still close to amenities and infrastructure. The place is full of 'secret jewels,' such as nature-hugging campsites and gorgeous hiking trails, yet everything you need is only up the highway in Okeechobee City.

Adventure and Splash

It's a fantastic area to learn to appreciate adventure, with wild areas to explore that aren't too far away to contact a search team (ideally coming on an airboat with pomp and trumpets to demonstrate the situation's urgency). After all, dramatic flare adds to the enjoyment of any journey.

You'll also find many hiking trails around the lake, including the Taylor Creek Stormwater Treatment Area, the Chandler Slough trail, and the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. With the unique sites on offer here, shooting and hunting remain popular pastimes.

Lake Okeechobee Interesting Facts

  • The Fish - Lake Okeechobee is home to a variety of fish. Crappie, bluegill, and largemouth bass may all be found. People rarely catch pickerel.

  • Distant Drums - Gary Cooper's film, Distant Drums, was debuted in 1951. Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades are featured in the film.

  • The Climactic Scene - Lake Okeechobee is also the scene for the novel Basket Case. Carl Hiaasen published it in 2002.

  • The Lake Floor - Limestone deposits dominate lake Okeechobee's floor.

  • The Depth - How deep is Lake Okeechobee? Approximately 13 feet (4 meters) deep.

  • The Lake Surface - The Army Corps of Engineers maintains the lake's surface at 12.5 to 15.5 feet above sea level.

  • The Largest Source of Water - The Kissimmee River supplies well over 60 % of the water that goes into Lake Okeechobee. Fish-eating Creek supplies the remaining 9 % of water.

  • Lake Okeechobee's Uses - Lake Okeechobee is a water source for industry, towns, groundwater management, agricultural irrigation, estuarine salinity management, leisure, transportation, flood, and storm control. Animal and fish enhancement are among the other uses. The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, which runs beside the lake, is a component of the National Scenic Trail.

Experience the wild side of Florida by visiting Lake Okeechobee. You won't just find another lake here. There is something fun for everyone.

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