Lake Okeechobee North
Hiking/Walk DATE: 10/07/2018 - 10/07/2018
Trip/Event Location: Okeechobee, FL
Trip Leader(s): trekkr
Max # People: 10
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
100 miles north of Ft. Lauderdale is the northern tip of Lake Okeechobee. This short 3 mile stroll will be from the town of Okeechobee to Taylor Creek. If we have enough people & cars we can se... Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:
From FT LAUDERDALE – I 95 to EXIT 76 – BLUE HERON BLVD (RT 708) WEST. TURN RIGHT ON BEELINE HIGHWAY (RT 710) NORTH. AFTER 40+ MILES TURN LEFT (SOUTH) ON 441/15/98 SOUTH INTO THE RECREATION AREA DIRECTLY ON THE LAKE. PARK NEAR THE LARGE BOARDWALK GOING OUT INTO THE LAKE.
FOR DIRECTIONS FROM THE WEST & NORTH PLEASE USE THE TOWN OF OKEECHOBEE AS THE DESTINATION – THEN (SOUTH) ON 441/15/98 SOUTH INTO THE RECREATION AREA DIRECTLY ON THE LAKE. PARK NEAR THE LARGE BOARDWALK GOING OUT INTO THE LAKE.
Five Gay Outdoor-ers ( John (me), Rene, Derek, Jeff and GOD newbie but Florida native Marcus) came out for an early October stroll on the dikes of Lake Okeechobee. Temps were in the 80’s but up on the dike were steady breezes. Sunny skies and no bugs. Yours truly made a miscalculation while setting up the shuttle cars & headed west instead of east as originally planned. But it all ended up for a more scenic and slightly longer hike. We even saw a colony of wasps busily preparing their nest on a post at one of the rest "huts". Turns out the original plan would have not had as many open vistas. Lake Okeechobee remains beautiful, functional as well as controversial. Beautiful as an “inland ocean”. Functional as a waterway when coupled with canals allows navigating small boats across the central part of the state between the Gulf of Mexico & the Atlantic ocean. Controversial in that water releases by the Army Corps of Engineers east & west to reduce water levels cause toxic blue-green algae blooms that decimate coastal recreation areas. This year those discharges are being exacerbated by the unrelated but just as toxic “red tide” algae. None of this toxicity affected us where we were. So while these beautiful areas exist we can enjoy for the afternoon & become aware of our fragile natural surroundings.
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