Okeechobee County is located in Florida just above Lake Okeechobee in the southern part of Florida. The county was established in 1917 from Osceola and St. Lucie Counties. The county was named after the lake that it borders which, in itself, is named after a Hitchiti word meaning “Big Water.” The lake is the biggest body of water in Florida. The county seat of Okeechobee County is Okeechobee which is located near the southernmost tip of the area.

The county is ideally situated in the sunny state of Florida. With the Kissimmee River on one side, Lake Okeechobee on another, easy access to Florida’s Turnpike, and just a short drive to the eastern coast, a wide range of activities and opportunities are available for residents of the area. The lake is considered one of the best places to fish in the United States. In addition, there are beautiful hiking and biking trails surrounding the water that offer beautiful views, and the county is home to a section of the Florida National Scenic trail. Okeechobee County is also one of the country’s prime places for hunting and birdwatching.

The quality of life in Okeechobee County is certainly one of the best in the state. There is a high emphasis on community with many events and activities every year that bring community members together to celebrate holidays, the arts, the county’s rich history, and the county’s agricultural industry.

The county’s prime location, combined with the area’s natural beauty and year-round celebrations combine to make the area one of Florida’s gems.