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“Worth seeing, but unless you fish, not much doing” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee
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Ranked #1,818 of 3,476 attractions in Florida
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Fishing
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Owner description: Go bass fishing in Lake Okeechobee.
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Worth seeing, but unless you fish, not much doing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

This lake (the Big O, as it is called) is half the size of Rhode Island and sits between the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean in south central Florida. We live less than an hour away and decided to check it out. We came in at the northermost point, the town of Okeechobee. The tall levee surrounding the lake was a surprise, it oscures the water entirely, but we were able to see the lake and take pix from the "Park" site. The wetlands, rocky edge and white sand shore were pretty. We were greeted by sandhill cranes, seagulls and egrets.

We found a seafood restaurant nearby (Lightseys), a pleasant surprise given all the fast food joints on the highway leading to the lake. We were curious if there was a marina that rents small boats so we could get out on the water, and didnt find one, but would come back after researching that online. There's a historic hotel & restaurant called Clewiston Inn on the southwest side of the lake that looks interesting.

A group (Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association) camps and hikes along the perimeter of the lake in November each year. It's a nine day, 110-mile trek, they've been doing it for 21 years. Interesting. Give me nine days, I'm going somewhere else, like St Thomas, USVI.

Visited February 2013
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Sunrise, Florida, United States
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“Lake Okeechobee Tour 2012”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Took a tour around the lake in two days. Started the tour always from Okeechobee, westerly and easterly, 60 miles each way. Recommend Best Western Hotel in Okeechobee, which is perfectly close located to the Lake access.
Unfortunately the tour by bicycle on top of the levee is in some areas very badly in shape and nowhere are signs making you aware of constructions and areas impossible to pass by bicycle. Without climbing fences and passing restricted areas, unnecessary re-routes are necessary. And that can be up to 7 miles going back to access the main hwy. again. Thanks to our good spirit, otherwise the extra miles would very frustrating.
Otherwise, with the right wind and sunshine it is an awesome view around the lake from the levee. Bring plenty of water !!!

Visited September 2012
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Sarasota, FL
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

When we arrived, we were promptly greeted by peacocks, and a friendly dalmation. The deer roam freely, as well as an adorable small pig who follows you around. We saw more animals than we expected, and they all seem content, healthy, and well cared for. You can view the animals very close up. Zeke, one of the capuchin monkeys, enjoyed playing in my husband's shirt pocket, as one of the staff was nice enough to take him out of his cage with a halter and allow us to have a one on one enounter . We were impressed by the care of these animals, and the knowledge of the staff. We highly recommend it!

Visited October 2012
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Grapevine, Texas
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21 attraction reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Extraordinary beauty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Lake Okeechobe is the largest fresh water lake in the United States, 50 miles wide by 50 miles wide. There are several areas you can bike for miles on the top of the levie. Lake Okeechobee is surrounded by miles and miles of citrus groves, organic vegetables and palm tree farms. The lake is known for its fishing, alligators, wild boar, and exotic fowl. It is also a haven for retired people who love the year-around warmth and proximity to the ocean. Okeechobee is only 37 miles to Fort Pierce on the Atlantic coast and 97 miles to Fort Myers on the Gulf Coast. It is a magical place you don't want to leave once you get there.

Visited September 2012
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Naples, Florida
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“Dont waste your time”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

We drove up there based upon the representation of the website of the parks department. Very misleading. They fail to tell you that you cannot see the lake except from three points which require you to drive for 30 minutes through a town called Pahokee. All of the scenic points that you see signs for you cannot see the lake from. When they say you can hike around the lake, they really can you can walk on top of the levee and see the canal that was dredged to build the levee. You see nothing but a muddy canal. When we finally reached the point where you could see the lake it was like looking ay a giant mud puddle. We stayed 10 minutes and left. The website says drive through scenic central florida, you see sugar cane and that's all you see. If you have nothing else to do, stay home and read a book.

Visited July 2012
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