Explore the delightful towns that dot the shores of Lake Okeechobee and enjoy fabulous sunrises and sunsets, panoramic views across the lake and wildlife sightings in the natural Florida environment that was once the home of pioneers and Native Americans.
Go on your own or on your own or join the Big O Hike on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail that takes place around the lake every year during Thanksgiving week. Established by the Loxahatchee chapter of the Florida Trail Association, the organized group hike covers an amazing 109 miles in nine days. Each segment is completed by lunchtime, and the afternoons are for relaxing in camp and discovering the small towns and recreation areas along the shore.
- Clewiston: Located in the heart of “sugarland,” Clewiston offers airboat tours, a golf course, a marina with boat rentals, sales and service, guided fishing trips and a museum dedicated to the history of Lake Okeechobee.
- Moore Haven: Explore the city and find a large water park, a colorful playground, tennis, racquetball and volleyball courts at the city park. The River Walk Park offers docks for small boats, and the City Docks are available for an overnight stay.
- Lakeport, Harney Pond Canal Access Area: The Harney Pond Canal Recreation Area and Margaret Van de Velde Park offers a boardwalk that provides stunning views of Fisheating Creek marshlands, Indian Prairie and canals.
- Buckhead Ridge, Okee-Tantie Campground & Marina: The pet-friendly Okee-Tantie recreation area on the north shore of the lake near the Kissimmee River offers campsites, boat slips and boat ramps. Families will appreciate the playground, snack bar and restaurant and picnic area.
- Okeechobee, Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park: Discover 54,000 acres of dry prairie land in the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park for bicycling, bird watching and hiking along the nature trail.
- Chancy Bay Recreation Area: Call it Chancy Bay or the traditional name of J & S Fish Camp, and you will find cabins, a tavern, boat rentals and a boat ramp.
- Port Mayaca: Visit the DuPuis Management area to hike, fish, horseback ride and camp out in a beautiful area rife with wildlife.
- Pahokee: The town of Pahokee is right on the shore of Lake Okeechobee. Known for its miles of majestic Royal Palms that greet you as you enter the town, Pahokee offers eco adventures, boating and recreation. There is a KOA campground and the Pahokee Marina in town. Take a helicopter tour of the area for a bird’s eye view.