Lake Okeechobee

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Lake Okeechobee showing landscape views and a lake or waterhole

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

Plaza Travel Inn
Plaza Travel Inn
2 out of 5
621 E Sugarland Hwy, Clewiston, FL
The price is $79 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in Clewiston, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Roland Martin Marina and Lake Okeechobee. Clewiston Museum and Sugarland Park are also within 2 mi ...
3.1/5 (165 reviews)
"When my friend and I entered, the room temperature was comfortable. Although the bathroom was clean, there were very few towels and wash cloths. It was also a little inconvenient that there was no digital alarm clock while most other hotel rooms I've stayed in supplied alarm clocks. The clerk was ..."

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Plaza Travel Inn
Hampton Inn Clewiston
Hampton Inn Clewiston
2.5 out of 5
305 West Sugarland Highway, Clewiston, FL
The price is $149 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in Clewiston, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Clewiston Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Roland Martin Marina and Lake Okeechobee. Sugarland Park ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (116 reviews)
"Electrical receptacles are available for fishermen to charge boat trolling motor batteries overnight. Great amenities."

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2022

Hampton Inn Clewiston
Near Lake | 2/1 | Full Kitchen, Free Night, Kayak
Near Lake | 2/1 | Full Kitchen, Free Night, Kayak
Pahokee, FL
Fully refundable
The price is $300 per night from Feb 21 to Feb 22
Situated on a lake, this vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Lake Okeechobee and 8.6 mi (13.9 km) from Sugar Cane Golf Club. Port Mayaca Locks and DuPuis Reserve ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Great location, really pleasant and clean rooms, the kayak and lake make this such a good place to stay."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Near Lake | 2/1 | Full Kitchen, Free Night, Kayak
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Best Lodging Options Near Lake Okeechobee

Plaza Travel Inn
Plaza Travel Inn
2 out of 5
621 E Sugarland Hwy, Clewiston, FL
The price is $79 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Plaza Travel Inn
Hampton Inn Clewiston
Hampton Inn Clewiston
2.5 out of 5
305 West Sugarland Highway, Clewiston, FL
The price is $149 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Hampton Inn Clewiston
Near Lake | 2/1 | Full Kitchen, Free Night, Kayak
Near Lake | 2/1 | Full Kitchen, Free Night, Kayak
Pahokee, FL
The price is $300 per night from Feb 21 to Feb 22
Near Lake | 2/1 | Full Kitchen, Free Night, Kayak
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Clewiston, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Clewiston, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1024 W Sugarland Hwy, Clewiston, FL
The price is $139 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Clewiston, an IHG Hotel
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 $110 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Americas Best Value Inn Historic Clewiston Inn
Fishing Paradise Cottage
Fishing Paradise Cottage
Okeechobee, FL
Fishing Paradise Cottage
Private Cottage (fisherman paradise)
Private Cottage (fisherman paradise)
Okeechobee, FL
Private Cottage (fisherman paradise)
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
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.