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Lake Okeechobee

Florida Map with star over Lake Okeechobee

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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Lake Okeechobee post card