Lake Okeechobee

North End of Lake Okeechobee near the city Okeechobee

I’m a big fan of Lake Okeechobee due to it’s importance to the Everglades. Water leaving the lake in the wet season forms a slow-moving river 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long, flowing southward across a limestone shelf to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay at the southern end of the state. I also just like saying the name: Okeechobee!

Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in Florida. It is the 10th largest natural freshwater lake in the US and the 2nd largest natural freshwater lake contained entirely within the contiguous 48 states, after Lake Michigan. Okeechobee covers 730 square miles and is exceptionally shallow for a lake of its size, with an average depth of only 9 feet. It is not only the largest lake in Florida or the largest lake in the southeast United States, but it is too large to see across, giving it the feel of an ocean.

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