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mmgsc100
Tampa, FL88 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I happened to be routed near Lake Okeechobee recently, and I thought I'd like to lay eyes on it. I didn't know it was surrounded by the Herbert Hoover Dike, begun in 1947 to protect the surrounding communities from hurricane flooding. This means you can't see it from the road except in a very few spots. There are canals between the dike and the "outside" in most of the area, adding to the challenge. If you want to see the lake, look for a marina. Along the lake - the first one I came to was off an inlet. Locks may be good, though some are still inaccessible. If you plan well and are persistent, you can see it while passing through. I enjoyed it - the lake is huge - It is the 10th largest lake in the US, so if you are in the area, make the effort to see it.
Written 21 March 2024
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Kate A
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Lake Okeechobee is 730-square-miles and is contained in five different counties. (long review, stick with it!) Some areas are more beautiful than others, and visitors should allocate ample time to explore. I prefer the west side (Glades County) where both sunrises & sunsets never disappoint. There are lots of variables and differences in the access points. To explore the lake and all the cool local pubs, fish camps, etc. that add to its charm could easily take a week. It's a shame that folks rush through expecting a "tourist attraction" such as in larger cities. The entire area is rural, surrounded by agriculture, cattle ranches and small towns. The 113-mile trail around the lake is part of the 1,584-mile FL National Scenic Trail. Most of it is paved, which makes it great for cycling. Because the Trail sits atop the flood control dike, it provides a "big-sky" experience with views of the water (east side) or a centuries-old marsh (west side.) The west side has great pit stops whether hiking or cycling (Haven Fresh, Joey's Pizza, Duck Pub, Cheers & Beers, Okeechobee Fish Company, Martin Marina Tiki in Clewiston). Use sunscreen & hats in the ample sunshine, and carry water to compensate for the ever-present breezes on the Trail. Multiple FREE boat ramps on the west side (at least five) at two County Parks (Margaret Van de Velde at Harney Pond Canal + Alvin Ward, Sr. Park in Moore Haven) & others, where more vegetation shelters fish. The rim canal surrounds most of the lake in various areas, so Anglers should get paper maps as well as gps navigation guides. Fishing Guide referrals can be found at Lake & Trail in Okeechobee (where electric bikes can also be rented) and Martin Marina in Clewiston. AirBnB & VRBO rentals are available + RV parks & motels all around the lake. The lake is mostly quiet, and birds can always be seen in the mornings. I enjoy peace & quiet + beautiful Oak Trees at Aruba RV in the Moore Haven rural community of Lakeport, which also has modest motel rooms.
Written 11 March 2024
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Rosemarie S
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I was told not to go to lake okeechobee, that there was nothing there to see. I'm glad I ignored that advice. Sunsets at the lake are beyond beautiful! And dinners at Lightseys was one of the best.
A must see if you've never been there!
Written 8 December 2023
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Stellan D
Bromma, Sweden585 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Nice big lake.Straight from downtown Okeechobee take the State 491 to the lake.You will find parking thete as well as a pier from which it is popular to fish.there is a trail there as well and it is suitable for both bikes and walking
Written 26 November 2022
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Maria Q
Miami, FL283 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
This was a very disappointing experience. We expected much more than a very large body of water. We arrived at the Okeechobee park and found just a pier and some public bathrooms. That’s it!
I kept thinking we were missing something so we asked some of the locals and they could not point us to anything we could go to to see more of the lake.
We were just passing through from a much longer trip to Georgia so we just went to dinner and back to the hotel to sleep and go home.
I have heard there is good fishing at the lake but if that is not your thing, there is not much else here that we could find.
Not a repeat.
Written 23 April 2022
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MoverShakerUSA
Los Angeles, CA252 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We took a day trip up to see the lake this past weekend. But after driving the south half of the lake you learn that the lake is elevated (like two stories higher than the road!) So we drove for hours & did not even see water! It’s like seeing a large earthen dam for miles with no access. You learn that the lake is about watering the crops south of the lake & not about recreation. If you are going to fish then pre-book your guide because we didn’t see any guide services in any of the towns. I wouldn’t attempt without a guide to show you how to access the lake. Lastly, around the lake are lots of old fashion companies with smoke stacks churning smoke which it the only real scenery in the south part of the lake. You have been warned.
Written 4 April 2022
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Kristine B
Orlando, FL276 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
I visited Lake Okeechobee specifically so I could walk some of the Herbert Hoover Dike, which surrounds the lake and in certain parts gives you a perfect view of the lake and the gators lazily floating in it. There are parts of the dike that are under construction by the Army Corps of Engineers, so you can’t walk the whole thing at the moment, but I picked out certain sections to walk. I highly recommend checking out the pier in Okeechobee that extends out into the lake. My favorite places to walk on the dike were near the Pahokee Marina because you can actually walk down closer to the water and get a much better view of the wildlife just offshore, and the Port Mayaca Lock and Dam which has a lovely unobstructed view of the lake.
Written 14 June 2021
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drew d
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
Great fishing trip! Me and my friend caught a personal best bass. We caught more fish in 2 days than we previously did in our entire lives. Thanks to Mike for hooking us up with captain Ryan and Captain Randy
Written 6 June 2021
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Jay B
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
The surrounding land, effects the lake with and overabundance of nutrients. The smaller fish and a hazard to the native wildlife and water quality.
Written 3 April 2021
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Jubilee Jer
Springfield, OH1,838 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
We visited Lake Okeechobee while in Okeechobee FL the lake is 40 miles long and 30 miles wide. A lot of plant life in the water around the shores that extended pretty far out into the lake where we were At by the pier. The pier is a nice viewing point to see the lake and a few gators.
Written 8 August 2020
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