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Lake Okeechobee
Vacation Travel Guide

Florida’s largest freshwater lake is a popular spot to fish and hike. 

Lake Okeechobee, meaning “Big Water,” is an important recreational destination for boating, fishing, bird watching and hiking. The massive lake covers 730 square miles (1,891 square kilometers). It measures 38 miles long by 29 miles wide (59 by 48 kilometers), and has an average depth of nine feet (three meters). The lake and surrounding wetlands drain into the Florida Everglades, making this a vital part of the local ecosystem and South Florida’s freshwater supply.

Book a fishing charter at Clewiston, a town on the southwest corner of the lake. Trips cater to every skill level, from beginner to experienced angler. The area is renowned for largemouth bass fishing, and both commercial and recreational fishermen use the lake. The best time to fish is from December through March.

The 110-mile (177-kilometer) Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail runs around the lake along the Herbert Hoover Dike. This is a beautiful route for hiking or cycling year-round. Take in views of the lake and surrounding agricultural area from the top of the embankment. Hike as much or as little of the trail as you like, and stop for a rest at picnic tables along the way. Expect to see herons and egrets around the edge of the lake, and huge flocks of a wide variety of birds during the migratory seasons.

Visit the nearby town of Belle Glade, on the south end of the lake, to play a round of golf at the Sugar Cane Golf Club. The city of Okeechobee, on the north end of the lake, hosts regular events at the Rodeo Arena. Check the arena’s website for a schedule of events.

The lake is about 70 miles (111 kilometers) northwest of Fort Lauderdale. You’ll need a car if you plan to visit on your own as a day trip from Fort Lauderdale. Tour companies run hiking trips to the lake from Fort Lauderdale and Clewiston.

Top Hotels Close to Lake Okeechobee

The Beach Cottage @ Lake Okeechobee
The Beach Cottage @ Lake Okeechobee
Pahokee, FL
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Situated on a lake, this romantic cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Okeechobee and 11.6 mi (18.7 km) from Sugar Cane Golf Club. Port Mayaca Locks and DuPuis ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Thanksgiving retreat

"Family couldn’t come because on COVID-19 so we decided to change our scenery. This was the perfect spot. Nobody around. Cute one bedroom cottage right on lake O. Lots of shore birds to watch. Interesting airplanes flying overhead and beautiful sunsets. Perfect!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2020

The Beach Cottage @ Lake Okeechobee
Hampton Inn Clewiston
Hampton Inn Clewiston
2.5 out of 5
305 West Sugarland Highway, Clewiston, FL
The price is $90 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Situated in Clewiston, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Clewiston Museum and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Lake Okeechobee. Sugarland Park and Roland Martin Marina ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)

"Excellent staff friendly and very helpful. Rooms were clean everything was great"…"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2020

Hampton Inn Clewiston
Lake Okeechobee - Rim Canal - Fishermans Paradise - Buckhead Ridge
Lake Okeechobee - Rim Canal - Fishermans Paradise - Buckhead Ridge
Okeechobee, FL
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Situated in Okeechobee, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kissimmee River, Okee-Tantie Marina, and C. Scott Driver Recreation Area. Lake Okeechobee ...

5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Deluxe Okeechobee Retreat

"location was perfect and house was just as described! Would book again."…"

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2020

Lake Okeechobee - Rim Canal - Fishermans Paradise - Buckhead Ridge
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Best Lodging Options Near Lake Okeechobee

The Beach Cottage @ Lake Okeechobee
The Beach Cottage @ Lake Okeechobee
Pahokee, FL
The Beach Cottage @ Lake Okeechobee
Hampton Inn Clewiston
Hampton Inn Clewiston
2.5 out of 5
305 West Sugarland Highway, Clewiston, FL
The price is $90 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
Hampton Inn Clewiston
Lake Okeechobee - Rim Canal - Fishermans Paradise - Buckhead Ridge
Lake Okeechobee - Rim Canal - Fishermans Paradise - Buckhead Ridge
Okeechobee, FL
Lake Okeechobee - Rim Canal - Fishermans Paradise - Buckhead Ridge
"reel IT Inn"
"reel IT Inn"
Okeechobee, FL
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Fishing Paradise Cottage
Fishing Paradise Cottage
Okeechobee, FL
The price is $90 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
Fishing Paradise Cottage
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Clewiston
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Clewiston
2.5 out of 5
1024 W Sugarland Hwy, Clewiston, FL
The price is $84 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Clewiston
Roland and Mary Ann Martin Resort
Roland and Mary Ann Martin Resort
920 E Del Monte Ave, Clewiston, FL
Roland and Mary Ann Martin Resort
Americas Best Value Inn Historic Clewiston Inn
Americas Best Value Inn Historic Clewiston Inn
2.5 out of 5
108 Royal Palm Avenue, Clewiston, FL
The price is $56 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6
Americas Best Value Inn Historic Clewiston Inn
Plaza Travel Inn
Plaza Travel Inn
2 out of 5
621 E Sugarland Hwy, Clewiston, FL
The price is $51 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
Plaza Travel Inn
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