Length: 31.3 miles (linear)
Lake Okeechobee is the second largest freshwater lake in the United States, encompassing an area greater than 730 square miles. It is a fisherman’s paradise and is easily accessible by both water and land. The cross-state Okeechobee Waterway crosses the lake and accommodates commercial vessels, fishing boats, and pleasure craft.
Hikers heading north from Big Cypress Preserve have the choice of walking around the east or west sides of Lake Okeechobee once they reach the intersection of US 27 and the Miami Canal. Portions of this section are managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District.
Scenic views of the lake and the adjacent agricultural lands are afforded from the levee. Major recreation areas are accessible from the trail at Clewiston, Lake Harbor, South Bay, Pahokee and on Torrey Island west of Belle Glade. Hikers will also pass several major pumping stations and a navigational lock. These facilities are among a number of similar structures located around the lake which, together with the Herbert Hoover Dike, comprise the extensive flood control works that have been constructed to protect the adjacent lands and communities.
Much of the Lake Okeechobee trail is closed for renovation of large sections of the Herbert Hoover Dike. Please refer to our Trail Closures and Notices webpage for updates and reroutes.