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Located at Mile Marker 135 on the Okeechobee Waterway, 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Myers Yacht Basin is a well designed and protected marina. It is owned and operated by the City of239 461-0775 Legacy Harbour Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. The Marina is situated two blocks from historic downtown Fort Myers and three blocks from the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips easily accessible. Our slips are surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico. The floating docks are state-of-the-art. Legacy Harbour Marina is a full-featured facility with all the modern conveniences of home including pump-out station, heated pool, fitness center, full electric metered at the slip, cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers and wireless Internet connections available. The Boaters' Lounge is available for relaxing after a cruise or for private parties. The view from the lounge is spectacular! Our grounds are beautifully manicured and provide great strolling along the river with benches, Chickee Hut, and excellent access to all of historic Fort Myers. Please take a few moments to browse our website and see for yourself what our  beautiful boating facility can offer you the next time you are cruising in Southwest Florida.
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Lake Okeechobee to Kissimmee and Orlando

Now, here’s a topic which I don’t think has ever come up on the Net before. As you will see, Captain is wondering whether it’s possible to take a cruising size craft north from Lake Okeechobee to Lake Kissimmee.

Does anyone know if a 4 foot draft trawler can go from Lake Okeechobee to the northen extremes of Lake Kissimmee? Once there, is there anchorages? or is there a closer spot to anchor to
visit Epcot?
M/Y Mary M

While is possible to get from Lake Okeechobee north all the way to downtown Kissimmee, FL at the north end of Lake Tohopekaliga, the route is
maintained primarily for relatively small local boats such as bass fishermen use. Lock outages are frequent and may be long in duration. Also, weed removal in main channels may or may not allow liveaboard sized craft to pass. And, as another poster noted, bridge clearances of only around 11 feet are a problem. Also, refueling options will be very limited. The only real marina along the way is just south of Rt. 60 at River Ranch Resort. The city of Kissimmee has a marina adjacent to its downtown. Transient vessels are a rarity there, but space would likely be available.
More information on this route is available at
A much better alternative for larger boats wanting to get the attractions around Orlando is to use the St. Johns River from Jacksonville, FL south to
Sanford. This route is well maintained, offers great anchorages, is clearly marked, very scenic, and offers a full service marina in Sanford at the
north end of Lake Monroe. Either public transportation or rental cars are available there.

A quick google search, “Kissimmee River Navigation”
Six navigation locks are located between the city of Kissimmee and Lake Okeechobee.
Each lock measures 30 by 90 feet and has an average depth of six feet. From downtown Kissimmee to Lake Okeechobee, six bridges are located along the waterway, all having vertical clearances of 11.5 feet or more.
Another site states that north-south navigation is closed through 2011, due to construction.
I could not find navigation project depth, but the 11.5 foot bridge would limit the size of the boat.

I don’t think its possible to take a 4′ draft trawler from Lake O to Lake Kissimmee anymore, if it ever was. The Army Corp of Engineers has been undoing the canalization of the Kissimmee River for years now. Then there are the highway bridges over the river.
Mark Richter, Winnie the Pooh, Ortona, FL on the Okeechobee Waterway

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