Okeechobee, FL

Okeechobee County is your Paradise Outdoors.  This beautifully serene rural community still values the old Florida lifestyle with down home Southern hospitality and scenic land undisturbed by towering growth.  Okeechobee County is at the Northern shore of the awe-inspiring Lake Okeechobee.  Lake Okeechobee is 730 square miles of fishing nirvana.  Lake Okeechobee named by the Seminoles as “big water” is host to a number of guides that will take you to treasured “fishing spots” that will give any angler stories to take home.  Largemouth bass dominate the fishermen’s attention throughout the year while the well-known Speckled Perch take front position during the peak of tourism season which runs from October through March.  

Lake Okeechobee also offers scenic trails that are excellent for walking, jogging, biking and bird watching.  The trail that surrounds this massive lake is the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (L.O.S.T).  This trail just about surrounds the entire lake and leaves no nature lover disappointed.  Okeechobee is a well-loved area for rare and hard to find birds aplenty.  The Snail Kite and Caracara just to name a few.  Don’t be concerned by the loud cry of the Sandhill Crane as these beauties are in every corner of our community and have no issue stopping traffic or wandering neighborhoods.  

Okeechobee County is not just about the lake though we are extremely proud of our greatest natural asset. Okeechobee is home to a number of other sporting activities that definitely make our location a Sportsman’s Paradise.  Hunting is popular with not only seasonal visitors but residents as well.  Deer, hog, duck and even gator hunting keep the hunting guides busy and the hunter’s hauling trophies home for bragging rights.

Looking to improve or develop some great shooting skills?  Okeechobee has a number of gun ranges that offer shooting sports of all kinds.  Most of these facilities are outdoors and offer lodging, shopping and the greatest ranges and instructors around.  There is also an indoor archery range conveniently off our main street and a new state of the art gun range just on your way into town!

Although Okeechobee offers fantastic outdoor adventures such as airboating, horse back riding and other entertainment there always comes a time when the day draws to a close and the days activities bring on a fierce appetite.  Okeechobee offers wonderful food options to the most spectacular steaks to the tastiest seafood!  Dinner served, memories made and now time to dream of what Okeechobee may bring the next day at any of our hotels, motels, campgrounds or RV Resorts.  

Looking for your Paradise Outdoors?  Welcome to Okeechobee, Florida.  For information on any of these great getaways visit our website:  www.visitokeechobeecounty.com or call 863-763-3959. 

Sharie Turgeon

Tourism Coordinator