If you are out and about in Sebring Florida and looking for a partial or full day trip, why not visit Lake Okeechobee?
Lake Okeechobee is the largest lake in Florida, and fourth of fifth largest lake in all of the U.S.
Lake Okeechobee is a fairly short and easy drive from Sebring Florida, and has many amenities for visitors and locals alike. On a hot Florida day, maybe a visit to this lake is just what you and the family need?
Driving down highway 98 South out of Sebring for about 48 miles will bring you to Okeechobee City Florida in under an hour. In the town of Okeechobee, Highway 98 turns into #441 South, and you follow that straight down to the end to a tee intersection. Directly ahead is Lake Okeechobee (behind the berm).
If you make a slight right at that intersection, and then a quick left to the road that heads up the berm, you’ll find Lake Okeechobee Park which is one of the many visitor welcoming docks and vistas found around Okeechobee’s shores overlooking this big lake. Clean comfort stations can be found there.
Lake Okeechobee Park also allows the visitor no-charge parking and access to the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, a paved (mostly) cycling and walking route around the berm holding in Lake Okeechobee’s waters. On it visitors can enjoy a pleasant stroll or bike ride or a 109 mile marathon walk or ride circumnavigating the lake.
Following Highway 98 from #441 South at Lake Okeechobee allows the visitor to circumnavigate much of the Eastern Shore. Feeder roads allow access to Lake Okeechobee along the circumference of the lake, regardless of which way one travels from the #441 intersection at Lake Okeechobee in Okeechobee Florida.
Depending on where you access the shore, typically visitors will see large and shining waters, verdant shoreline, plenty of alligators in various spots, with adequate care to be taken at the less travelled, rougher accesses where animals, birds and reptiles of many kinds might be encountered.
For the fishing oriented visitor, lots of folks fish for pan-fish and bass from the various docks. Bobbers and minnow baited hooks seem to be the norm, with the occasional fisher-person using artificial lures with periodic success.
Boaters and boats abound, with launch facilities for private watercraft and often parking at a number of locations around Lake Okeechobee including one in Okeechobee City Florida.
Places to eat about onn #441 South in Okeechobee, as well as the surrounding streets. One of our favorites in the Lakeside Grill on the East side of #441 (also known as South Parrot Avenue) not far North of Lake Okeechobee. Serving breakfast and lunch only, we experienced hearty, ample and well priced lunch for our bunch when we visited recently. More info is available at lakesideokeechobee.com if you are interested.
A nice visit to Lake Okeechobee, and nice park to oversee the lake, and next time I’m hoping to bring my tackle and bait to spend a few hours in the shade on the dock chasing that lunker bass!
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