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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

Rim Canal - Access To Fishing, Just Off Lake Okeechobee! 1 Bedroom Cottage by Redawning
Rim Canal - Access To Fishing, Just Off Lake Okeechobee! 1 Bedroom Cottage by Redawning
3.5 out of 5
1138 Canal Way, Okeechobee, FL, 34974
Stay at this 3.5-star vacation home in Okeechobee. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Okee-Tantie Marina and C. Scott Driver ...
Rim Canal - Access To Fishing, Just Off Lake Okeechobee! 1 Bedroom Cottage by Redawning
Redneck Riviera ,fishing relaxing paradise   Youtube/redneckrivierabuckheadridge
Redneck Riviera ,fishing relaxing paradise Youtube/redneckrivierabuckheadridge
Buckhead Ridge, FL
Stay at this mobile home in Okeechobee. Enjoy private pools, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Okee-Tantie Marina and C. Scott Driver Recreation ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Fishing
"Have stayed here multiple times and it's always a great experience with the owner. Excellent location for fishing and great atmosphere just to relax. We'll be back again next month."

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Redneck Riviera ,fishing relaxing paradise Youtube/redneckrivierabuckheadridge
Private Cottage (fisherman paradise)
Private Cottage (fisherman paradise)
Okeechobee, FL
Stay at this cottage in Okeechobee. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a patio. Popular attractions Okee-Tantie Marina and C. Scott Driver Recreation Area are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Amazing stay
"Awesome property, quite neighborhood, we will be back for sure"

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2022

Private Cottage (fisherman paradise)
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Rim Canal - Access To Fishing, Just Off Lake Okeechobee! 1 Bedroom Cottage by Redawning
Rim Canal - Access To Fishing, Just Off Lake Okeechobee! 1 Bedroom Cottage by Redawning
3.5 out of 5
1138 Canal Way, Okeechobee, FL, 34974
Rim Canal - Access To Fishing, Just Off Lake Okeechobee! 1 Bedroom Cottage by Redawning
Redneck Riviera ,fishing relaxing paradise   Youtube/redneckrivierabuckheadridge
Redneck Riviera ,fishing relaxing paradise Youtube/redneckrivierabuckheadridge
Buckhead Ridge, FL
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Private Cottage (fisherman paradise)
Private Cottage (fisherman paradise)
Okeechobee, FL
Private Cottage (fisherman paradise)
Water Front/ Lake Okeechobee Access in Buckhead Ridge
Water Front/ Lake Okeechobee Access in Buckhead Ridge
Okeechobee, FL
Water Front/ Lake Okeechobee Access in Buckhead Ridge
Rim Canal 'yellow House' With Canal Views & Boat Dock 1 Bedroom Cottage by Redawning
Rim Canal 'yellow House' With Canal Views & Boat Dock 1 Bedroom Cottage by Redawning
3 out of 5
1138 Canal Way, Okeechobee, FL, 34974
Rim Canal 'yellow House' With Canal Views & Boat Dock 1 Bedroom Cottage by Redawning
GO FISH INN
GO FISH INN
Okeechobee, FL
GO FISH INN
HOOK LINE AND SINKER
HOOK LINE AND SINKER
Okeechobee, FL
HOOK LINE AND SINKER
Rim Canal Cottage 'Yellow House' with Canal Views & Boat Dock by RedAwning
Rim Canal Cottage 'Yellow House' with Canal Views & Boat Dock by RedAwning
Okeechobee, FL
Rim Canal Cottage 'Yellow House' with Canal Views & Boat Dock by RedAwning
Rim Canal Cottage - Access to Fishing, Just off Lake Okeechobee! by RedAwning
Rim Canal Cottage - Access to Fishing, Just off Lake Okeechobee! by RedAwning
Okeechobee, FL
Rim Canal Cottage - Access to Fishing, Just off Lake Okeechobee! by RedAwning
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.