Lake Okeechobee, meaning "Big Water", is the second largest fresh water lake in the United States. The mouth of the Kissimmee River feeds into to the northwest tip of the Lake, bringing with it a bounty of fish. The Lake offers a variety of activities, such as boating, fishing, and biking. If you're a hiker, don't miss the 63-mile Ocean to Lake trail, beginning on the shores of Hobe Sound Beach and ending a Lake Okeechobee in Port Mayaca.
The city of Okeechobee, which lies on the northern tip of the Lake, was developed around the Florida East Coast Railroad. Rapid transportation was needed for the catfish industry of the lake. In 1915, the first train arrived in Okeechobee to find only lot stakes and street signs. However, within tow years the town flourished to a population of 1200, with several businesses, a hotel and a weekly newspaper. It had become the port of entry for the enormous fishing industry on Lake Okeechobee.
In addition to fishing, Okeechobee County is one of Florida's largest livestock and dairy producers.
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