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Lake Okeechobee Day1. .Early in the morning, steam rises from the stacks of a U.S. Sugar.processing plant in Clewiston. Whether it's sugar, citrus, cattle,.dairy, row crops or fishing, economies in the small towns that surround.Lake Okeechobee are woven in soil and water. Lake Okeechobee feeds.household taps in Clewiston, Belle Glade, South Bay and Pahokee and.irrigates crops to the south. Lured by tales of clear water and gigantic.fish on Lake Okeechobee, tourists also pump millions into local.economies. About 500 fishing tournaments are held on the lake every.year..Erik Kellar/Staff