Lake Okeechobee Lunker

In the late '90s, when I was fresh out of college, I taught high school English at Glades Day School, in Belle Glade, which is a stone's throw from Lake Okeechobee's south shore. Actually, as football crazy as that town is, maybe I should say that the boat ramp is a just a "short pass" from the…

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Florida Cuisine: Restaurants All Around Lake Okeechobee

By Terry Gibson You can find about any type of cuisine in gourmet restaurants in southern Florida’s coastal cities. But to experience authentically Florida cooking, with complimentary Latino and southern soul flavors, take a ride inland through the pastoral farm fields of the peninsula’s southern…

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Okeechobee County, Florida: From Shore to Stars

By: Gary McKechnie What’s not to love about a county where the commercial district of its sole city looks like circa 1940 Florida? A destination where stargazers will find the only certified “Dark Sky’” site in Florida? A region encompassing the waters of Florida’s largest freshwater lake as well…

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Fun Things to Do in the Town of Okeechobee, Fla.

By Vanessa Caceres If you visit the town of Okeechobee, you’ll start to notice something -- you’re seeing cows everywhere. Cows in the green, flat fields surrounding the downtown area. Cows in the murals that adorn some of the town’s walls. Cow paintings for sale inside the Brown Cow Sweetery. The…

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A Driving Tour Around Lake Okeechobee

By Gary McKechnie Florida’s blessed with some great lakes, but none are so impressive as the greatest of all: Lake Okeechobee – Seminole for ‘Big Water.’ At 730 square miles, Lake Okeechobee is the seventh-largest freshwater lake in America. Encircled by five counties (Okeechobee, Martin…

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A Guide to Florida's Lake Okeechobee Area

Here's what to do in and around the towns encircling Lake Okeechobee. Sometimes referred to as Florida's inland sea, Lake Okeechobee is central to a region of Florida historically known for its agriculture, but in recent times also equated with superior fishing, boating and trails. The…

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Off the Beaten Path from Fort Pierce: Okeechobee County, Fla.

Gary McKechnie At 774 square miles, Okeechobee County is only slightly larger than its liquid neighbor: 730-square mile Lake Okeechobee. Both the county (and the lake) take their name from the Hitchiti tribe’s observation that Florida’s largest freshwater lake was “oki” (water) and “chubi” (big)…

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An Insider's Guide to Lake Okeechobee Bass Fishing

By Terry Gibson What makes Florida the Fishing Capital of the World? Lake Okeechobee is a huge reason. This iconic largemouth bass fishery spans more than 730 square miles of water, teeming with the world’s most popular freshwater bass for fishing. How do you find the fish on such a huge water…

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Duck Hunting, Fishing and Boating on Lake Okeechobee

By Catherine O' Neal VISIT FLORIDA Boating & Fishing Insider Terry Gibson heads to Lake Okeechobee to show you why –in terms of total numbers of water fowl, species diversity and public hunting areas and opportunities– Florida offers some of the best duck hunting in the country. Florida duck…

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14,000 Feet of Freedom: Skydiving Above Lake Okeechobee

By Terry Gibson Because of our typically calm, sunny and stable weather, skydivers flock to southern Florida. Many times while driving through the Everglades, my wife, Teresa, and I have craned our necks up to watch the colorful parachutes descend gracefully back to earth. We’d talked plenty…

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