LNM: Effect of Water Releases on Okeechobee Waterway Naviagtion
The water releases can similar to crossing against an outgoing tide, especially at narrow ICW/inlet intersections. Be prepared a for the turbulence and the effect on your vessel.
FLORIDA – ST. LUCIE INLET TO FORT MYERS AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE – OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY: NOTICES TO NAVIGATION INTERESTS.
Mariners are reminded that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District post regularly “Notices to Navigation” News at: https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Notices-to-Navigation/
Due to the changing water levels of Lake Okeechobee, The Army Corps of Engineers often release water through the Okeechobee Waterway Lock and Dam system. The water released often creates high currents along the waterway. During this time, boaters can expect unfavorable conditions between Port Mayaca lock and St. Lucie lock. Such as, unexpected high current conditions east of the St. Lucie lock where the released water funnels thus creating unexpected hazardous conditions for mariners expecting slack tide where the bridges intercept the waterway.
LOW LAKE LEVELS CREATING HAZARDOUS NAVIGATION ROUTE 1 & 2: EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1 THRU AUGUST 31, 2019
Commercial and recreational vessels advised to use extreme caution while traveling the Okeechobee Waterway Route 1 and 2 and be cautious of shallow water and submerged objects when navigating through these sections of waterway. https://www.saj.usace.army
CANAVERAL HARBOR AND OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY LOCK PROCEDURES: JANUARY 4 THRU DECEMBER 31, 2019