Lake Okeechobee locally referred to as The Big O is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Florida and the seventh largest freshwater lake in the United States. It is the second largest freshwater lake (the largest being Lake Michigan) contained entirely within the contiguous 48 states. However, it is the largest freshwater lake completely within one of the lower 48 states. Okeechobee covers 730 square miles, approximately half the size of the state of Rhode Island, and is exceptionally shallow for a lake of its size, with an average depth of only 9 feet. The lake is divided between Glades, Okeechobee, Martin, Palm Beach, and Hendry counties. All five counties meet at one point near the center of the lake. Clewiston on the 750 square-mile lake's southern shore, has the most to offer vacationers, especially those intent on hooking into the lake's legendary Largemouth Bass Fishing. Lake Okeechobee bass fishing is second to none.