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.
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