Silver Lake Preserve, owned and operated by Lykes Bros, Inc., lies on the outskirts of the town of LaBelle, in central Florida's Hendry County. Before arrival of permanent settlers in the late 1800s, the region was originally populated by the Caloosa tribe, who gathered for religious ceremonies under the oak hammock on the shores of the nearby Caloosahatchee River. In 1896, Capt. Francis Asbury Hendry named the area for his daughters Laura and Belle: LaBelle ("the beautiful" in French).
More than 100 years ago Dr. Howell Tyson Lykes and his seven sons expanded a cattle and citrus operation at their family's Florida homestead which by 1910 formally registered as Lykes Bros., Inc. Today the Lykes Ranch encompasses 337,000 acres which sprawl across Glades and Highlands counties on one of the largest contiguous pieces of privately held land in the state.
Lykes employs multiple land-use practices to make the most efficient, economical and appropriate use of the many different land types on the ranch. Higher-income crops such as sugar cane are planted on the richest soils, while the plantation forests, grazing pastures, and wildlife management operations comprise other acreage. Stewardship is an important component of Lykes' management philosophy. The success of this practice can be seen in the Lykes Ranch's diverse wildlife. Game animals such as deer, quail, and turkey populate much of the property.
Silver Lake Preserve is a pristine 1,876 acre tract of land which served for generations as the Lykes Family private quail hunting grounds. Today, guided hunts are conducted with efficient professionalism, offering a truly pleasurable experience for those who wish to enjoy the natural beauty of the Florida landscape.
106 SW CR 721
Okeechobee, FL 34974
2860 Silver Lake Road NW
La Belle, FL 33935
Nestled in the middle of large majestic oak trees the Silver Lake Preserve lodge provides spacious and comfortable lodging for guests. Upon entering, guests are treated to an old Florida style hunting facility. Originally built in the mid-1900s, it served as the private hunting facility for the Lykes family. Expansion of the building took place later, with modernization completed several years ago.
Silver Lake Preserve lodge has four bedrooms. Two of which has 2 queen beds each and two other rooms with 2 twin beds each as well. Each bedroom has its own private bath with an additional bathroom in the common area. Amenities include central heat and air conditioning, Satellite TV, Internet access, hardwood floors, a large and modern kitchen, and a bon fire area for socializing. The lodge can accommodate a group of ten guests, and the large dining room accommodates all guests at the same table.
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