- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Visit Hendry County
Festivals and Places to Visit
Nestled between the south shores of Lake Okeechobee and the northern saw grass marshes of the Everglades, and the Caloosahatchee River’s winding along the northern county line, Hendry County is Natural Florida! From fish to fowl, and farms of many types, the county founded by Captain Francis Hendry in 1923 is the place to retreat into a natural habitat. Lake Okeechobee is the 1 place for bass fishing in the state, and in the country. The FLW Fishing Tournaments boast record weights and catches by the pros and add fuel to the fire that the Lake “O” is HOT! But you don't need to be a pro to come out and catch your own trophy bass! Birders are astounded by the various species of feathered creatures located in Hendry County. Hendry County is considered one of the top 5 Birding Hot Spots in Florida! Agriculture is big in Hendry County, so big that 72.5% of the land is used for agricultural purposes. You can find a sea of sugarcane, orange trees, and vegetables everywhere you look. We’d love to have you taste and see for yourself that Hendry County is Natural Florida!
LaBelle's Fourth of July Celebration includes fireworks, games and music in Barron Park on the Caloosahatchee River and the traditional homemade raft race across the river.
The Hendry County Courthouse, at the crossroads of SR 80 and HWY 29 was completed in 1926 and is an excellent example of an Italian Renaissance Revival building build of brick and with limestone column entry arcades and a four-story clock tower that is easily seen miles away and especially when entering town from the east on SR 80. The original Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, now houses the Hendry School Board offices and is worth a visit.
Lake Okeechobee. The 3000 or so boaters that will visit the small town each year can not only dock at the Moore Haven City Marina, but at the 300-plus foot City Dock on Riverside Drive, or the 400-plus foot dock at the River House, or at any one of the seawall to Lake Hickpoochee's 4 finger docks that line Lake Hickpochee, just west of Moore Haven.