Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail

Lake Okeechobee is the second-largest lake in the lower 48 states. It receives flow from the Kissimmee River and drains south into the Everglades. It is now completely encircled by a dike to provide flood control. Fall and winter are the best times for this 40-mile hiking tour of the lake's northwest rim. There are a few points to pause and watch wildlife, including the boardwalk at the Parrot Avenue Wayside Park, the Okee-Tanti Recreation Area, and the Indian Prairie and Harney Pond canal access areas.

Watchable wildlife:
Herons, egrets, and wintering waterfowl are prevalent along the rim of the lake and in open water. Dry prairies interspersed with oak and cabbage palm hammocks provide habitat for crested caracaras, burrowing owls, and sandhill cranes. On Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area in late August, as many as 600 swallow-tailed kites converge in preparation for their migration to South American for the winter. Alligators, snakes, and turtles are common in the marshes.



Florida Highway 78 from Okeechobee to Moore Haven.

Related Sites:
Other Southeast Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks

FWC Facts:
Wood stork nestlings are fully feathered and capable of short flights at about 7-8 weeks of age but are not independent of their parents until they are 9-10 weeks old.

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