Lake Okeechobee is a remnant of a shallow sea, known as the Pimlico Sea. Although large in surface area, Lake Okeechobee is a shallow and probably contains less than two cubic miles of water. It is the fourth largest natural lake entirely within the United States, covering 700 square miles in five counties. It is the second largest fresh water lake wholly within the United States. Average depth is less than 20 feet with some areas in the center less than 6 feet.
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