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What is the largest lake in the southeastern US?

Lake Okeechobee, which means “big water” in the Seminole Native American language, is the largest lake in the southeastern United States and the second largest freshwater lake contained entirely within the contiguous United States. Lake Okeechobee is very easy to see on an aerial map of Florida - it’s the big circular feature in the lower-middle part of the state. While the lake is large (the approximate surface area is 730 square miles) it is quite shallow; the average depth is 9 feet. Lake Okeechobee, along with the Kissimmee River watershed to the north, supply water for the greater Everglades, with the water from these systems eventually draining out through coastal south Florida, including Florida Bay.

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