Lake Okeechobee is a freshwater lake in Florida. It is the fourth largest lake completely within the United States. Okeechobee covers 730mi² (1,890 km²) and is relatively shallow, with an average depth of only 9 feet. The lake covers land in Glades, Okeechobee, Martin, Palm Beach, and Hendry counties.
The floor of the lake is a limestone basin and the lake varies in depth from 1 to 12 feet, its water being somewhat murky due to nutrient-enriched runoff from surrounding farmlands. There are several inflows, including Taylor Creek and the Kissimmee River, and several small outlets, such as the Miami River, the New River on the east, and the Shark River on the southwest.
February 7, 2007 1:34 PM | Category: Lake