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Archive For: Content Okeechobee

  • Indiantown Marina (Okeechbee Waterway, Statute Mile 29.5)

    I can personally testify that Indiantown Marina is a VERY SAFE place to dry store your boat. Several huge fields hard by the dockage basin are always dotted with hundreds of vessels resting from their voyages.
    The “ash” problem Captain Jay mentions below is actually much worse farther to the west around Pahokee, Clewiston and Moore Haven. Here, when the cane fields are being burned off, the oil ash can occasionally be a real nightmare. I have seldom known this situation to be as bad at Indiantown.

    Indian Town is very safe but it is in the middle of farm country especially sugar so be ready for lots of dirt and ash on your boat when you come back. If you wax it before storage it washes off with some effort.
    Insurance companies that I have checked with do not give a break for safe storage but you sleep better.
    Jay Gehrig
    S/V Windsong

  • Dolphins (large pilings) at Clewiston Not a Good Overnight Stop

    Yes, I can understand why spending a night tied to these commercially oriented dolphins (see below) would not make for a very comfortable evening. In addition to the solution provided by Captain Mikki below, another good plan would be spend the night at Roland and Mary Ann Martin’s Marina (in Clewiston).

    The dolphins at Clewiston are really for big tugs, not 36′ trawlers. That was our planned stop to be ready for Lake O in the morning. We tied bow and stern up using the dingy but, just at that time there was rain and some wind, so it made it challenging to be safe for the night. Safe we were and got an early start in the morning for a good trip. Next time I’d like to try anchoring in Moore Haven and crossing Lake O and anchoring just after railroad bridge where a canal makes a cut.
    on Asian Lady

    And, a very different point of view:

    We have tied to dolphins on the Big O waterway several times. We found that they are an excellent place to spend the night. We use a stern anchor to eliminate the swing, rather than trying to tie to a second dolphin. Most of the posts have cleats, but a few don’t. Watch for an excess amount of tar on some.
    Richard Ross

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Clewiston and Roland and Mary Ann Martin’s Marina

  • LaBelle City Dock (Okeechobee Waterway)

    The LaBelle City dock overlooks the south side of the Okeechobee Waterway, just west of the LaBelle bridge.

    On the return leg we stayed at the LaBelle free dock just west of the SR29 bridge.It was my first experience with a stern to “Med Moor” but all went well and we spent a quiet and secure night. LaBelle is great town to walk around, with some of the most impressive live oaks you will see this side of Savanna. We had an excellent Italian dinner at the Forrey Grill a few blocks from the dock.
    Jonathan Gorham

  • Bimini Basin Anchorage (Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 145)

    The route to Bimini Basin can be a little convoluted for first-timers, but once you get there, cruisers will discover one of the most sheltered anchorages imaginable. On the other hand, we have been told by a Fort Myers cruising authority that the holding ground here is “suspect.” We have never had any problem getting our hook to hold, and clearly, as you will read below, Captain Gorham did not have that problem either.

    We overnighted at the Bimini Basin anchorage on our way to Cayo Costa and had a pleasant evening. We found the holding to be quite good in grey sticky mud – it got a test because just before dawn a squall blew through with a 180 degree wind shift and 30+ knot winds and we did not budge. The anchor was set so well I had to yank it out with the engine. Jonathan Gorham Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Bimini Basin Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of The Bimini Basin Anchorage

  • A Good Experience at Roland Martins Marina (Clewiston, FL – Okeechobee Waterway)

    Roland Martins Marina is found on a small canal in Clewiston, Florida.

    Made a quick back and forth trip March 28-April 2. Spent a night at Roland Martins Marina in Clewiston on both legs. A nice friendly place, and very active in the evenings. A prior posting indicated they did not have pumpout working, but we found it up and running on our visit. Did some waliking around town, and reccomend the Sunrise Restraunt on Hwy 80 if you like good Mexican food – it’s a short walk from the marina. One thing about Clewiston – What is that smell??!! There was an awful stink that came and went with the breeze that had us all checking the bottoms of our shoes and blaming the dog – the gal at the marina office says it is related to sugar processing, and “you get used to it”.
    Jonathan Gorham

  • Sweetwater Landing Marina (Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 126)

    The subject of the note below, Sweetwater Landing Marina, lies on the Okeechobee Waterway just west of Orange River. This facility is associated with a large condo complex.

    A marina we have used a couple of times (and like) is Sweetwater Landing, on the Okeechobee Waterway, a mile West of the Franklin Lock. It has some negatives: it’s right by a highway (2 lane), and the (opening) bridge that goes over the waterway, but the embankment to the bridge gives full protection. We like to fish, and have access to both fresh and salt water fishing quickly from here. The price was $10 a foot, they looked at our 3 month power bill when we left and gave us a pass on power (they’re pretty laid back – or were). There was a Publix (good supermarket) a mile to the S. and they appeared to be putting in a walkway along the road (though no guarantee).
    Matt Mattson

  • Aground with 5-foot Draft on Port LaBelle Marina Entrance Channel (Okeechobee Waterway St. M. 103)

    I’m not surprised that Captain Burhham went aground heading inot Port LaBelle Marina. Depths have never been this facility’s strong suit.

    Cruising News:
    Hard aground with 5′ draft in the center of the entrance to the east basin at Port LaBelle Marine on the Okeechobee Waterway. N26 46.484 W081 23.364
    Also bumped the bottom leaving the west basin at Port LaBelle Marina with 5′ draft.
    David Burnham

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of La Belle, Florida

  • Port Mayaca Railway Lift Bridge (Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 39)

    The Port Mayaca Railway Lift Bridge sets the vertical clearance limit for the entire Okeechobee Waterway. That’s because even when fully raised, this span is normally only 49 feet off the water. I had not considered before Captain message below that when water levels drop, the bridge clearance may increase. Notice I said, “MAY” increase, as the water level in the canal is controlled by locks, and may be different from that of Lake Okeechobee.

    Clearance increases on this bridge as Lake level lowers. Call ahead for actual clearance height on the day before traveling.
    David Burnham

  • Depths, Marinas and Lack of Pump-out on the Okeechobee Waterway (Feb. 2011)

    Glad to hear that depths are still at least 6-feet on the Okeechobee, IF you do take the “Lake Route” (also known as the “#1 Route”)

    We crossed from Stuart to Ft. Meyers between Feb. 13-15, 2011 via Route 1 on the Okeechobee in our Endeavour 44 Trawlercat. There is still over 6 ft of draft in the lake and its approaches. However, empty your black water tanks before you leave either coast. Yes we crossed on a weekend, but we could not find a single marina to do a pump out. Don”t believe the guide book. Indiantown has one, but will not do it on weekends. Roland Martin’s pump out has not worked in months, and there really are no true marinas in Moore Haven. Having said that, we found the city wharf in Moore Haven as a nice place to tie up for the night and very reasonable.
    Marc Colby

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Indiantown Marina

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  • Bimini Basin Anchorage (Cape Coral, off the Caloosahatchee River)

    We have anchored any number of times in Bimini Basin, and you could hardly find a more sheltered spot to spend an evening. Also, as Captain Nicole describes below, the nearby dinghy docking at a public park is welcome indeed.
    On the other hand, while we have never had trouble getting our anchor to hold here, local cruisers have warned that the basin’s holding ground is not up to really heavy weather. Apparently, at least of portion of the basin bottom is silty. At all other times though, give this spot a try!

    Cruising News*: Just wanted to let everyone know that there is a great anchorage in Cape Coral that beats the moorings/anchorage in the city of Fort Myers hands down. Protected, nice dinghy dock at a park, grocery store, hardware store, west marine, and bus transfer station less than a mile’s walk away. GREAT spot to re-provision and all around great anchorage.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For the Bimini Basin Anchroage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Bimini Basin Anchorage

  • Okeechobee Waterway Minimum Depth Calculator

    Thanks to Captain Ted Guy, we can present below one of the niftiest graphics I’ve seen in quite a while. What this chart shows is the MINIMUM depths cruisers can expect for a particular “Lake Depth.” Of course, they are referring to depths on Lake Okeechobee. With this handy graphic in hand, now you can get the Lake Depth off the ACOE site (, and then, with a quick look, check to see whether the minimum soundings will keep your craft off the bottom.

    Ted/All – The District and the Corps of Engineers have put together a handy dandy depth/vessel draft charts for Lake Okeechobee which can be found on our respective web sites. I have gone ahead and attached them to this e-mail. The District is currently in the process of publishing these charts as a 2-sided handout so they can be handed out at the Okeechobee waterway locks and other locations around the lake.

  • Mysterious No-Wake Zone on Caloosahatchee River West of Fort Myers

    I remember the no-wake zone described below by Captain. I could find no satisfactory explanation for its presence either.

    There is a no wake zone about one mile south of the Cape Coral Bridge. It is in the middle of the river and I can see on reason for it. As you say, it is heavily patrolled.
    Do you know why and who determines the no wake zones?
    William Wallis

    I am not entirely sure but I believe that is part of the “miserable mile” and I think that it is a manatee area. I am not sure why else it would be no wake, though being sailors who get waked frequently we kind of like it
    BE CAREFUL there if you have a faster boat, on a busy day we have seen as many as 5 FWC, police, and/or other enforcement boats in this area.

    Sounds like the zone from marker 72 to 76, which is not in the miserable mile. It’s at the entrance to Gulf Harbour Marina. It is a manatee zone by name, but why it’s really there I have no idea. It is patrolled much of the time.
    David Bernstein

  • Good Words About Sunset Bay Marina (on the Okeechobee Waterway, at Stuart, FL)

    Sunset Bay Marina is the new incarnation of the Stuart City Marina and later South Pointe Anchorage. This facility was rebuilt a few years ago, wet slip dockage added, and the adjacent mooring field expanded. By all reports, the new facility is really first-class, and it’s VERY convenient for those who are about to run, or those who have just completed the Okeechobee Waterway.
    Sunset Bay is located just upstream of the old Roosevelt Twin Bridges, on the South Fork of the St. Lucie River/Okeechobee Waterway.

    We have been at Sunset Bay for 2 weeks now and will most likely be here another week. What a pleasant surprise this marina has been! We are on a mooring.
    The staff is great; facilities are excellent and easy walk to town make this the best overall marina situation that we have experienced since we left home in NC.
    Highly recommend it even if you planning to continue South; it is worth getting off of the AICW and take time to enjoy this marina.
    Pat Kenefick

    I could not agree more with the compliments on Sunset Bay Marina. Very nice people and facilities. I would highly endorse this stop.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Sunset Bay Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Sunset Bay Marina

  • Tiger Marine in Clewiston, Florida A Good Spot for Repairs (Okeechobee Waterway)

    It’s always GREAT to hear about a reliable marine repair firm, particularly one on the Okeechobee Waterway.

    Subject*: cudos for Tiger Marine
    Cruising News*: We had a really bad day on the boat. We crossed the Okeehobee without difficulty (plenty of water and got under the bridge. When we arrived in Clewiston, we wrapped our prop on a line. The the next morning the mixing elbow developed a hole in it and blew carbon all over the engine. On both occasions we called Rick Martinez at Tiger Marine. He was the best! He supplied a diver, put in a new mixing elbow. All this and was extremely fair in price. We can highly recommend him if you have any problems in the Okeechobee
    Waterway. HIs phone:863-673-1460
    Diane Fitzgerald aboard Fitzcat

    Captain Rick from Tiger marine is the best. When we ran aground in lake Okeechbee last week his team was fantastic at checking out the boat and the surrounding area before pulling us off.
    BE WARNED. We ran aground between the markers on the lakeside of the Port Mayaca lock 300ft from the lock! Unfortunately it is not just sand but also rock so hug the port side of the channel we were only 100ft from the dolls on the port side.
    Michael Lee

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Clewiston and Roland Martins Marina

  • Free Mooring at Locks on the Okeechobee Waterway

    Always nice to know you can tie up somewhere free of charge. Of course, such a plan will bring on a “bare bones” night without power or water connections, but, hey, that’s what we all pretty much when anchoring anyway!

    Subject*: Free moorings
    Cruising News*: In Early Dec. we stayed a night tied to a dolphin near the Port Mayaca lock. The lockmaster informed us that we were welcome to spend the night at any dolphin near locks on the Okeechobee Waterway, that there is no charge, and permission is not required.
    Richard Ross

    After leaving Stuart, we tied to Port Mayaca’s dolphins just before the lock. There were 3 sailboats there; it was nearly dark; and, oh, my—what a new experience!!! Bow line to a dolphin and with any luck at all (like a couple in their dink returning from walking their dog), they took our stern line, our boat hook and rang the horn of the cleat. A couple springs and we were set but that was a new experience for us and we’ve been full-time for 2 years!!! I said all this to say that’s a good over night stop if you’re agile and persevering.

  • Boat Storage on the Okeechobee Waterway

    If there is any part of Florida that is “safest” from bad weather, it should be the central section along the Okeechobee Waterway.

    I tried a general search for this and got little results so if someone knows where this info already exsists please let me know.
    I will need to find a place within 100 miles from Fort Myers, Fl. to pull a 38 ft Bayliner around Feb / March /. Reasonable price of course is a concern as well as being able to work on my own boat if needed. Will probably store for 7-8 mo.
    Thanks, Jeff

    The best place to store a boat within 100 miles of Fort Myers and one of the only places that lets you do yout own work is The Gables Boat Storage on the [Okeechobee] Waterway near LaBelle, Florida. Amazing place, you see hundreds of masts, then the boats on dry land in the middle of nowhere. Their website goes off and on the web. Minimum storage is three months. Hurricane safe. It is really in the boonies.

  • Good Anchorage at LaBelle (Okeechobee Waterway, near St. M. 103)

    We’ve never tried to anchor in front to the LaBelle City Dock, and Captain Laura’s note is the first indication that I remember that you can not tie up to this pier overnight. So, if you want to visit the delightful town of LaBelle, and overnight there, it looks like dropping the hook may be the best way to go!

    Subject: LaBelle, FL
    Cruising News:
    There’s a delightful anchorage in front of LaBelle City Park just west of the Hwys 78/29 bridge–good holding and very quiet. The city docks have a 15′ limit and no overnights. Adjacent is an aluminum dock with very small slips. If you need to take a puppy to shore, either dock would suffice for a dink tie. We found nothing else so this was a great only choice.
    Laura Lane Bender

    I e-mailed Captain Laura and asked if she was sure there was no more overnight dockage at the LaBelle City Dock. Yes, she’s sure! Read on:

    Yes. 15 minute limit! That’s hardly long enuff to walk a dawg!!! The other dock about 100 yds down is apparently also public but they made little bitty slips so they’re pretty useless. There were 6 of us anchored there and it was great. Moore Haven was also another boater unfriendly place where we thought we could tie up so called phone # and who ever answered said she had no idea what it cost. Could be $1. Could be $2. Someone would appear the next morn to collect. Asked who I could call for info and she was clueless. This was on a weekend. For no amenities wasn’t willing to risk $2. That could be a significant shock!

    Here’s some differing information:

    I believe the limitations on size of vessel and time at the dock apply only to the park facilities on the north side of the waterway. The free town dock on the south side, with water and electric, can accommodate larger boats moored stern-to. Overnight docking has always been allowed there, and as far as I know that hasn’t changed. I didn’t tie up there this year because the dock was full, so I anchored off the park along the north side. As Laura said, it’s a very nice, quiet place with good holding.
    Peter Colket

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of LaBelle on the Okeechobee Waterway

  • Fuel And Multiple Improvements at Indiantown Marina (Okeechobee Waterway)

    Indiantown Marina (772-597-2455) lies along the northern banks of the Okeechobee Waterway, some 10 statute miles east of the Waterway’s entrance into Lake Okeechobee, at the Port Mayaca lock. This facility is VERY popular with cruisers, and does a lively repair/dry storage business. Now, they offer fuel as well. A quick phone call to Indiantown reveals they now offer both gasoline and diesel fuel!

    Fuel is now available at the Indiantown Marina, new tanks, fully functional. Lot of new improvements (new docks, patio, WiFi through out the property, etc.). check it out.
    Eric Bamberg

    We communicated with Captain Bamberg, who we discovered was the Yard Service Manager at Indiantown Marina. He informed us that his facility had also gone through other multiple upgrades and enhancements over the last several years. He was invited to submit a report on all these improvements, and the note below is the result!

    Mr. Young;
    Thank you very much for your reply. Indiantown Marina is located in the Okeechobee waterway between the St. Lucie lock and the Port Mayaca lock. We are a full service and a “Do it yourself” marine repair / storage facility. We have a 50 ton Marine Travelift and haul vessels up to 15′ 10″ beam). We have made many improvements in recent years including new fuel tanks and pumps (both gas and diesel), new patio area, WiFi throughout the marina / boatyard areas, new docks, and improved landscaping. We also have a shops store and a campground area for our visitors both by land and by sea. Some of our “Do it yourselfers” enjoy working on there vessels and will bring a camper to stay on after the day is done. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any of the Marina staff.
    Eric Bamberg
    Yard Service Manager
    Indiantown Marina
    772-631-3272 (cell)
    772-597-2455 (main office)
    772-597-2457 (service office)
    772-597-2451 (fax) (service department e-mail) (main office e-mail)

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  • A Happy Experience at City of Fort Myers Yacht Basin (Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway)

    The City of Fort Myers Yacht Basin is one of the very best city owned and managed facilities I have ever reviewed. And, we are not just saying that because these good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Not only is the dockage secure and the staff as helpful as can be, but all downtown Fort Myers attractions and dining spots are within easy walking distance.

    We passed this marina on our way to Sanibel. About 30 min later we were hit by a ferocious thunderstorm, winds gusting 40 and us in a narrow winding channel for the first time. A call to Ft Myers sea tow confirmed the same all the way to Sanibel. We turned around and called the Ft Myers Yacht Basin, were talked in close then lost comms prob due to the constant lightning. As we passed the breakwater, I saw a lone figure waiting on the end of the dock in foul weather gear. He helped us dock in the height of the storm and we were tied up tight. Stayed the night. Staff were very helpful and friendly. As it was Sunday night, most of the restaurants and businesses were closed. Clean facility, nice laundry, great showers.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For City of Fort Myers Yacht Basin

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