Okeechobee Waterway

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The Okeechobee Waterway

Okeechobee Waterway

After two devastating hurricanes in 1927 and 1928, the Florida State Legislature created the "Okeechobee Flood Control District". The organization was authorized to cooperate with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in actions to prevent similar disasters. The Okeechobee Waterway is the result. Lake Okeechobee is enclosed by a 20-foot (6 m) high dike built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (which replaced an earlier 6-foot mud dike) and incorporated the construction of channels, gates and levees resulting in a man-made waterway stretching from Fort Myers on the west coast, across (or around) Lake Okeechobee, to Stuart on the east coast of Florida. The waterway runs through Lake Okeechobee and consists of the Caloosahatchee River to the west of the lake and the St. Lucie Canal east of the lake.

The Port Mayaca RR Lift Bridge at Mile 38 has a 49-foot vertical clearance when open, which is thus the limiting vertical clearance for the waterway. Additionally, droughts periodically lower the water level of the lake sufficiently enough to limit its navigability. The US Army Corps of Engineers provides a daily update of water levels for both the cross-lake channel as well as the rim channel.

Charts

NOAA Charts
No 11428 - Okeechobee Waterway from Mile Marker 0.0 in Stuart, FL to approximately nautical mile 119.5, just west of Ft. Myers.
No 11427 - From Ft. Myers to the Okeechobee Waterway’s intersection with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway just north of Punta Rassa.

Weather

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Locks and Bridges Schedule

Okeechobee Waterway Bridge Opening Schedules
Mile Marker
Bridge
Vert. Clearance
Schedule
Restrictions
VHF
3.4
Evans Carey
65'
Fixed Bridge --
7.0
New Roosevelt Bridge
65'
Fixed Bridge --
7.4
Fl East Coast RR Bascule Bridge
7'
Usually open Closed for RR Traffic
7.4
Old Roosevelt Bascule Bridge
14'
Opens on demand. Closed M-F 0730-0900 & 1600-1730 except openings at 0815 & 1645. Only opens if RR bridge is open. 09
9.0
Palm City Bridge
55'
Fixed Bridge --
14.0
I-95 Twin Bridges
55'
Fixed Bridge --
14.5
Thomas B. Manual Bridge
55'
Fixed Bridge --
15.0
St. Lucie Lock
On Demand Closed from 2130-0600 13
16
SR-76 Bridge
56'
Fixed Bridge --
28.1
Indiantown Bridge
55'
Fixed Bridge --
28.2
Indiantown RR Bridge
55'
On Demand Closed from 2200-0600 except with 3 hrs. notice 09
38.0
Port Mayaca RR Lift Bridge
7'
Usually Open 49’ Open (Limiting Vertical Clearance for Waterway) 09
39.0
Port Mayaca Highway Bridge
55'
Fixed Bridge --
39.1
Port Mayaca Lock
On Demand Closed from 2130-0600 13
60.7
Torry Island Swing Bridge
11’
Opens on demand 0700-1800 Mon-Thurs. and 0700-1900 Fri., Sat., Sunday Closed at all other times (Rim Route) 09
78.0
Moore Haven Lock
On Demand Closed from 2130-0600 13
78.3
Moore Haven RR Swing Bridge
5’
Usually Open Closed from 2200-0600 09
78.4
Moore Haven Highway Bridge
55'
Fixed Bridge --
94.0
Ortona Lock
On Demand Closed from 2130-0600 13
103.0
La Belle Bascule Bridge
28'
Opens on demand Closed from 2200-0600 except with 3 hrs. notice 09
108.2
Fort Denaud Swing Bridge
9'
Opens on demand Closed from 2200-0600 except with 3 hrs. notice 09
116.0
Alva Bascule Bridge
23'
Opens on demand Closed from 2200-0600 except with 3 hrs. notice 09
121.0
W.P. Franklin Lock
On Demand Closed from 2130-0600 13
126.3
Olga Highway Bascule Bridge
27'
Opens on demand Closed from 2200-0600 except with 3 hrs. notice 09
129.0
I-75 Twin Bridges
55'
Fixed Bridge --
130.0
SCL RR Lift Bridge
5'
Usually Open Closed for RR Traffic 09
134.5
Edison Twin Bridges
55'
Fixed Bridge --
135.0
Highway 41 Bridge
55'
Fixed Bridge --
135.5
Midpoint Memorial Bridge
55'
Fixed Bridge --
139.0
Cape Coral Bridge
55'
Fixed Bridge --
151.0
Sanibel Causeway Bridge
70'
Fixed Bridge --

Ports/Stops along the Okeechobee Waterway

Marinas & Yacht Clubs en-route

Anchorages en-route

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Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Tourism and Things to do Ashore

Tourism

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Transportation

Transportation (local and/or international)

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