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  • Okeechobee Waterway Navigation Alerts


    ” Navigation Alerts” listed in this section are are arranged in a rough east to west geographic format.
    “Alerts” are messages from your fellow cruisers which pertain to navigational problems or changes along the Okeechobee Waterway. These “Alerts” are real concerns for Okeechobee Waterway mariners, and might range in subject matter from new shoaling to a missing aid to navigation.

  • Shoaling in St. Lucie River, Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 1, Stuart, FL, 5/18/2014

    St. Lucie Shoaling – Click for Chartview

    This shoaling is in a section known as Hell Gate just west of Sewall Point at the mouth of the St. Lucie River and near the easternmost section of the Okeechobee Waterway. The coordinates given in the Notice put the temporary buoy 17A in the middle of Sewall Point, but we have to assume it is near the charted green marker #17. Since the shoaling (charted) is encroaching from the west, favoring the green side of the channel is your best bet.

    The Coast Guard has established St Lucie River Temp Buoy 17A in position 27-11-02.516N/080-11 49.228W. The Buoy marks a shoal that is encroaching the St Lucie River from the west. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area.
    Chart 11428

    That shoal has been encroaching VERY slowly for many years. It is high time NOAA revised the double dashed channel line; they should have ten years ago!
    W.E. “Ted” Guy, Jr.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position in St. Lucie River

  • Shoaling Reported In Okeechobee Waterway, St. Lucie River, Statute Mile 10, May 28, 2013

    Shoaling - Click for Chartview

    The developing shoal, reported below in this article cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners, lies directly along the path of the Okeechobee Waterway as it passes through the South Fork of the St. Lucie River, south and west of Stuart, Florida and a hop, skip and jump north of the St. Lucie Canal.

    The Coast Guard has observed significant shoaling in the vicinity of St Lucie River South Fork in the area between St Lucie River South Fork Buoy 30 (LLNR 51090) and the Palm City SR 714 Bridge at mile 9.5 of the Okeechobee waterway. Best water is near the green side of the channel depth as low as 4 feet were found center channel in position 27-10-33.630N/080-15-44.106W. St Lucie River South Fork Buoy 30 (LLNR 51090) has been relocated to position 27-10-42.626N 080-15-48.339W to mark shoaling. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the
    area. Chart 11428

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position in St. Lucie River

  • Destroyed Daybeacon, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 12, 6/2/2016

    This destroyed daybeacon 37 is on the eastern side of the canal north of St. Lucie Lock

    St Lucie Canal Daybeacon 37 (LLNR 51115) is destroyed. The remains of the concrete pile may pose a hazard to navigation. Wreckage has been marked with a TRLB, FL Q G, 3M light on its assigned position. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11428 LNM 22/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at St. Luce Canal

  • Obstruction Reported in Okeechobee Waterway, c. Statute Mile 34, 1/12/2016

    Our thanks to Sue Ward for sending this alert. As soon as we receive more specific information as to location of the obstruction, it will be posted. Indiantown Marina is at statute mile 29.5, so the obstruction would be at roughly mile 34 in the St Lucie Canal.

    Sue Ward 1:43pm Jan 12
    Hi. We are in Indiantown marina on the St Lucie waterway. A motor yacht has just come and been lifted from the water as an emergency. There is some sort of underwater obstruction submerged about 4-5 miles west of here on the way to Port Mayaca. The guy thinks he hit a tree but it got caught up in his propellers and has demolished the starboard prop and damaged a blade on the port prop. It is not clear whether the obstructions is attached to the bottom of canal or floating free but it has caused a huge amount of damage. He was traveling along one side of the canal which is the starboard side coming East from Port Mayaca. Hope this of help.
    Sue Ward

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Okeechobee Mile 34

  • UPDATE: LNM: Torry Island Bridge Closed for Three More Weeks, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 60, 3/8/2017

    Our thanks to Sue Ward for this report, confirmed by the USCG, on Torry Island Bridge on the OWW. This closure effectively closes the Rim Route and will mean cruisers moving from Florida’s coast to coast must check the weather and plan a lake crossing rather than taking the rim route. With a closed vertical clearance of 11ft, the Torry Bridge spans the Okeechobee at Belle Glade, FL.

    3/8/2017 Our thanks to Janice Callum for this update.

    Spoke to Aaron Kelly, Army Corps of Eng’s today RE: Point Chosen Bridge (aka Torry Island Bridge) Rim Route, Lake O. Bridge will remain inoperative for at least 3 more weeks. Updates can be obtained from Bridge Tender, 561 996 3844. Plan accordingly to cross Lake O instead.
    Janice Callum

    And this report from USACE:

    The US Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District received word today that Palm Beach County will undertake emergency repairs on the bridge at Torrey Island near Belle Glade.  Operation of the bridge has been suspended, effectively closing Route 2 of the Okeechobee Waterway (also known as the “Rim Canal”) at that location as most boats are too tall to pass under the structure.  We expect that boaters will feel the impacts from this closure for the rest of the month.  The Corps is issuing a notice to navigation on this subject, attached to this note.
    Please contact me if you have questions.  Thanks for your help.
    John H Campbell
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Jacksonville District, US Army Corps of Engineers


    The Point Chosen Swingbridge across Lake Okeechobee Route 2 is closed to navigation. This closure is anticipated to last for three weeks [March 8th] as an emergency water main has been placed across the bridge. This bridge provides a vertical clearance of 11 feet. Vessels with a height of greater than 11 feet should use Lake Okeechobee Route 1 during this time. Chart: 11428

    Hi. How do I Put an update for Torry island swing bridge onto the Cruisers net please? I called them just now to ask what delays they have as works on the bridge have been going on for several weeks. The lady I spoke to told me that the swing Bridge at Torry island is closed indefinitely [see LNM above] for the foreseeable future!
    The main water supply to the island is running over the bridge currently so it cannot be opened at all. Plan B for anyone thinking of doing the rim route around the Okeechobee lake!
    Many thanks
    Sue Ward
    M/V JennySue

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Torry Island Bridge

    Click Here To View the Okeechobee Waterway Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Torry Island Bridge

  • Grounding at Destroyed Daybeacon, Matlacha Pass, San Carlos Bay, Okeechobee Waterway, 2/14/2017

    Our thanks to Chris Shields for this warning. He is responding to an earlier Nav Alert about the destroyed daybeacon.

    It [destroyed daybeacon] has been replaced with a temporary Red buoy and marked as “8 WR”. Steer clear of it and don’t get near to it . According, to the markers, I was clearly in the channel by at least 15 feet. However, I ran aground into only 2.8 feet of water. I called the Coast Guard as did Sea Tow. It needs to be moved asap.
    Chris Shields

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Matlacha Pass

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