Lake Okeechobee

Palm Beach County, Florida.

Lake Okeechobee ends in Canal Point, Florida.

7 feet (2 meters)

805.37 miles (1296.12 sq kilometers)

About The Lake Okeechobee

About Lake Okeechobee, FL

Situated in the beautiful Palm Beach County, Florida, is Lake Okeechobee. This famous fishing spot is home to countless freshwater gamefish. The chief among them is the largemouth bass. Lake Okeechobee covers an area of 730 square miles, making it the largest freshwater lake in Florida. It is also the 8th largest freshwater lake in the US and the second-largest within the continental United States. Surprisingly, Lake Okeechobee is a very shallow body of water. The average depth in the lake is only 9 feet, which is surprising given its size. Due to its large size, Palm Beach County isn’t the only county that borders Lake Okeechobee. The counties of Okeechobee, Glades, Martin, and Hendry also borders the lake as well. 

Lake Okeechobee got its name from the native Hitchiti words Oki (Water) and Chubi (Big). The Lake also has other names, such as Mayaimi and Mayacco Lake. The early settlers in the area survived living here via farming, though this proved difficult due to the muddy soil in the area. Lake Okeechobee is also infamous for the devastating Hurricanes that struck in the area. The first one was in 1926, which killed 300 people. The second struck in 1928, a mere two years after the first hurricane. The second hurricane, also known as the Okeechobee Hurricane, was the more devastating hurricane, killing thousands. These devastating hurricanes convinced the local and national governments to build flood control systems to prevent another disaster.