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Closure Notice: A section of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail near Lakeport is closed while the Army Corps of Engineers conducts Herbert Hoover Dike maintenance and rehabilitation. Please see the Army Corps of Engineers website for the latest updates on the project.
The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail—which goes by the acronym LOST—is a designated segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail. LOST circles the lake of its namesake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the contiguous United States.
The trail sits atop the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding the lake and built for flood protection. For this reason, the trail offers a grand vantage point to view everything from the scenic lake to agricultural landscapes. The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail also offers a glimpse into agriculture communities of Clewiston, Belle Glade and others, which have relied so heavily on Lake Okeechobee for their livelihoods.
As you explore the trail, watch for wildlife, particularly in fall and winter when birds such as herons, egrets and a variety of wintering waterfowl are abundant. Anglers might also like to drop a line and see what they can catch below the waters.
The trail has several on-road portions in order to cross bridges where canals enter/exit the lake; the longest ones are at Moore Haven and Port Mayaca. Much shorter on-road segments are found in Clewiston, Okeechobee, and Taylor Creek.
Parking is available at many points along the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, including (clockwise from the northern tip) at Lake Okeechobee Park (near U.S. 441 and State Road 78, Okeechobee), Port Mayaca Lock and Dam (adjacent to U.S. 441 and U.S. 98, Canal Point), Alvin Ward Park (at the end of Alvin Ward Senior Drive, Moore Haven), and at C. Scott Driver Park (10100 State Road 78 West, Okeechobee). Visit the TrailLink map for all options and detailed directions.
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