As the largest lake in Florida, and second largest body of fresh water in the contiguous United States, Lake Okeechobee has certainly earned its fame. With a name that translates to “Big Water” in the Seminole Indian language, the lake spans 730 square miles and is home to an enormously diverse ecosystem.

Nationally recognized as one of the best spots in the world for largemouth bass and black crappie fishing, Hendry County’s unfettered access to Lake Okeechobee makes it a can’t-miss destination for anglers.

Beyond Lake Okeechobee, Hendry County is also home to the Caloosahatchee River. Stretching for 67 miles, the river was once inhabited by the Calusa Indians, who connected it to Lake Okeechobee through canals for easier travel. Known for its oxbows—a term for a bend in the river—the river is a prime spot for birdwatching, nature study and wildlife photography, as well as canoeing or kayaking.