Lake Okeechobee

Lake OkeechobeeDowntown Okeechobee is located on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee. The Seminole Indians called Lake Okeechobee “Big Water”, an appropriate name for a water body whose opposite shore can’t be seen from the water’s edge. Lake Okeechobee encompasses a surface area of over 730 square miles. It is the largest lake in the southeastern United States and an important water shed for south Florida.

Lake Okeechobee is a host to many varieties of fish, wading birds and other wildlife. The lake also supplies essential water for people, farms and the environment.

Over the past few decades the lake’s health has been threatened by mans activities, ditching the Kissimmee rive, diking creating excessive nutrients from agricultural and urban activities in the lake’s watershed. Also, by high and low water levels which are harmful to the lake health and by the spread of exotic vegetation.

The Florida Legislature in 2000, and expanded in 2007, enacted the Lake Okeechobee Protection Act and the subsequent Lake Okeechobee Protection Program to restore the lake and its watershed. Even so, much more will be needed.

Visit Downtown Okeechobee

Downtown Okeechobee Florida

okeechobee_welcome_signDowntown Okeechobee Florida is located in the heart of Florida on the north side of Lake Okeechobee. Come and enjoy the pleasures of a small town and friendly people.

Lake Okeechobee is a great place to fish and the town is known as the “Speckled Perch Capital of the World”. The town host an annual event to celebrate this each March, drawing thousands of folks from all around.