Lake Okeechobee
Lake Okeechobee
Photo credit: NASA


The Endangered Ecosystems of Florida


Lake Okeechobee


To begin, what is an Ecosystem?

It is an Environment within which many Species,

both Plant (flora) and Animal, (fauna)

maintain a way of daily life, unconsciously

interdependent upon one another and

the area that they inhabit together.

Due to severe drought conditions this year:

Lake Okeechobee Water Levels

Daily Weather for the Okeechobee Area

Sunset over Lake Okeechobee
Lake Okeechobee
Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


The word Okeechobee is from Hitchiti for Big Water.

The Lake Okeechobee Ecosystem has been home

to many Native peoples over time, most recently,

the Miccosukees and the Seminoles.

Image courtesy: U.S. Geological Survey,Circular 1134


So, how big is this Big Water?

It is about 700 square miles and ranges from 8 to 12 feet deep,

when there is no serious drought as there has been

for the past two years, when it dropped to record

low levels and drastic measures had to be

taken to avoid a compete disaster.

Lake Okeechobee
Lake Okeechobee
Photo credit: US Army Corps of Engineers


Lake Okeechobee is one of only two US

inland lakes that are visible from space,

the other is the great Salt Lake in Utah.


Places to learn more:


Defenders of Wildlife

Endangered Ecosystems


Florida Department of State

Map of Okeechobee Area


Florida Native Plant Society

Ecosystems of Florida


National Wildlife Federation

Endangered Species - Snail Kite

Florida Everglades Ecosystems Virtual Tour


Vanishing Water


Preservation 2000

Conserving Florida's Natural Land and Water



Habitat and Species Recovery

Land Management

SOFIA: USGS Kids page for Florida's Ecosystems

South Florida Recovery

Virtual Tour of Everglades


U.S.G.S. Biological Resources

Endangered Ecosystems

Scientific Data about our Nation's Biological Resources



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