Lake Okeechobee-which means "big water" in the language of the Seminole Indians-is the second largest freshwater lake wholly within the United States. It is located in south central Florida (south of Orlando and north of Everglades National Park), and is commonly described as the "liquid heart" of Florida. Not only is it in the center (or heart) of the state, but it historically pumped life-giving water into the Everglades ecosystem like the heart pumps blood in the body
Lake Okeechobee is the second largest fresh water lake in the US. The lake covers over 730 square miles and is connected to both of Florida's coasts via the man made Okeechobee Waterway. The Lake is 33 miles wide from north to south, and 30 miles wide from east to west.
The Okeechobee Waterway was built in 1937 by the Army Corps of Engineers after two floods caused by hurricanes destroyed the areas surrounding the lake. A series of 5 locks helps boats through the 152 mile long waterway. The canal depth of the waterway is approx. 8 feet, and the width of the canal varies from 80 to 100 feet.
Fishing and Camping are among the most popular activities on the Lake. Largemouth bass, blue gill, Okeechobee catfish, and black crappie are some of the species of fish that can be found in the Lake. Birds, beautiful scenery and the water all combine to make this a nature lover's paradise, as well as a mecca for boaters. Information It is known as the Bass capital of the world. Information from Sail Miami