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Lake Okeechobee, Florida

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  • This area, and all of road 27 and other smaller roads between Miami and Orlando is really not for tourists. The small towns are old industrial like, and even the highest rated hotels are only cheap tr...  more »
  • The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail affords lovely views. We accessed the paved bike trail just north of J+S Fish Camp, there is a huge trailhead. We didn't have a boat but we're two parked in the same l...  more »
  • A sight to see. There are great views in the towns all around Lake Okeechobee. The north end has a pier to walk on and view Eagle Bay. In Lakeport there is a boardwalk to take out over a marsh. You wi...  more »
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  • I left Florida a long time ago but some of my earliest memories are of the town of Okeechobee, sitting in the crystal clear water in Lake Okeechobee and how the minnows would tickle your legs in the sunlight. I would catch and release minnows with a big conch for hours.
  • Plenty of parking, paved walk paths, & public restrooms. Nice park for a walk. Occasionally you'll see gators or manatees.
  • I always wanted to fish Okeechobee (with my son) to see if it was as good as I'd heard. .... It's far better!
  • Lake O beautiful.😄Now only if the 7 agencies can get together and solve this DUMPING SITUATION.😠It's a broken record...Same problem every SUMMER.😬YES, THIS YEAR HORRIBLE.😱DESTROYING PEOPLE LIVES HEALTH WISE AND FINANCIAL. Praying for the people on the coast.😤
  • 2018 UPDATE- Destroying South West Florida’s gulf coast and economy. The sugar industry in Florida is known as Big Sugar. They use Lake Okeechobee (Lake O) as their personal reservoir. When they have to much water, big sugar pumps it back into Lake O. This water is fertilized and filled with nutrients and that pollutes the water of Lake O. Then when the water Levels of the lake get high they release this polluted water to the East and West coast by way of the St Lucie, and Caloosahatchee Rivers. This practice turns the rivers into a dark polluted brown iced tea color. Some years the pollution is so bad toxic algae forms and kills sea life. In the summer of 2018 this practice has led to thick toxic algae building up along the rivers and destroying the sea life along the way. Especially on the Caloosahatchie River into the Gulf of Mexico where thousands of fish, manatees, turtles, sea life, and birds are dying, and washing ashore from the toxic water Plus the millions of fish that died and sank to the bottom of the water. The health dept. won't comment on what this toxic algae does to humans, even though the air smells worse than a sewer back up and people are reporting health problems from the air. Thousands of people have been laid off from work because the tourists have left. Governor Rick Scott called for a State of Emergency and this led to a meeting from the Army Corp of Engineers in Cape Coral Florida where the spokesperson said they would rather send the toxic water to the people of Southwest Florida rather then send it back to big sugar. This is currently killing everything. Governor Rick Scotts campaign is funded by Big Sugar, and people want to see him in jail for killing all the sea life and businesses. Millions most likely Billions of tourist dollars are being lost because of the toxic water. The water is supposed to flow South to the Everglades as it has for thousands of years, but big sugar has changed that, and all of the projects to save the Everglades from the big sugar water diversion have failed along with the Government. The toxic water is still flowing today.
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