Moore Haven : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Moore Haven

Moore Haven is a small town of under 2,000 residents and the county seat of, Glades County, Florida. It is located on the southwest shoreline of Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River and was once considered "Little Chicago" because of its location. The riverboat traffic of produce and cattle made it a boom town until 1926, when the Great Miami Hurricane devastated the area. Today, it is a popular fishing town and hosts the annual Chalo Nitka festival. Chalo Nitka is Seminole for "Big Bass" and the celebration includes a popular fishing tournament. Photo of County courthouse courtesy of Ebyabe and Wikipedia, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/


Where to Retire in Moore Haven and Home Prices

Zillow reports the median home value was $135,804 in early 2022. There are RV communities here-see link at left.


What Is Special about Moore Haven

Moore Haven has great freshwater fishing, beautiful views of Lake Okeechobeee, hiking and birdwatching.


What Is Not Special about Moore Haven

The town is very small and a bit isolated, and if you don't enjoy the outdoors there is not much to do.


Who Will Like Retirement in Moore Haven

Retirees who are looking for a small Florida town on the water with a low cost of living may like it here.  Moore Haven offers fishing, and boating, along with hiking and biking.


Local Economy Is Driven by

The economy here is driven by agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting.


Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 63 degrees and July's average was 82 degrees.  Moore Haven has experienced tropical winds, storms and hurricanes.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Moore Haven is home to parks, trails and outdoor recreation.  It also has a library, 9-hole public golf course, a historical society, and is host to town festivals. The Chalo Nitka Festival is an annual event started in 1949 and held the fist weekend in March, with parades, food, and a fishing tournament.



The crime rate here is lower than the national average.


Medical Facilities

Hendry Regional Medical Center is in Clewiston, about 15 miles away.



The nearest airport is in Fort Myers, about 60 miles away.


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