Lake Okeechobee is the largest lake in Florida and the second
largest freshwater lake in the United States. Its name means "big
water" in the Seminole Indian language. Its waters and nearby
wetlands provide habitat for many animals, including the federally
endangered Snail kite and a variety of wading birds. Migratory birds
use the lake as a resting place.
The lake replenishes water storage areas, helps to irrigate
agricultural lands, provides backup water for urban areas, and plays
a major role in supplying water for the Everglades.
The 730 square-mile lake, with an average depth of ten feet, is
famous for its fishing and is often referred to as the "Bass Capital
of the World."
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