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    • LNM: OWW Increased Turbulence at Locks, Lake Okeechobee, FL

      Notice to Navigation: 2024-002 Increased Turbulence at the Lake Okeechobee Locks



      US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS                               LOCAL NUMBER: 2024-002              

      JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT                                              WATERWAY:  LAKE OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY LOCKS


      EFFECTIVE: 03/08/24 UNTIL 04/01/24


      PO Box 4970

      JACKSONVILLE, FL 32232-0019


      POC: Lisa Perrault  863-677-3359




      1. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters


      1. Notice to Navigation

      Boaters should exercise caution when approaching all locks on the Lake Okeechobee Waterway (C-43 Caloosahatchee River and C-44 St. Lucie Canal) for changing currents resulting from gate discharges.


      When approaching from the upper side of the structure, when the spillway gates are open, the water will pull vessels toward the spillway.


      When approaching from the lower side of the structure, the discharge from the spillway causes turbulent waters in the approach area leading up to the lock gates.


      This Notice to Navigation (2024-002) expands Notice to Navigation: 2024-001 Increased Turbulence IVO the Railroad Lift Bridge east of Port Mayaca.

      1. Contact Information


      For up-to-date Lock information, contact the shift operator 7 AM to 5 PM at:

                      St Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665 or 863-662-9148

                      Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858 or 863-662-9424

                      Julian Keen, Jr. Lock & Dam 863-946-0414 or 863-662-9533

                      Ortona Lock & Dam 863-675-0616 or 863- 662-9846

                      W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451 or 863-662-9908

                      Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421 or 863-662-0298 (6 AM to 9:30 PM)


      Lisa Perrault

      Chief of Navigation

      US Army Corps of Engineers

      South Florida Operations



      Jeffrey D Prater

      Public Affairs Specialist

      Corporate Communications Office

      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District

      South Florida Office

      4400 PGA Blvd.

      Suite 501

      Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

      Cell: 561-801-5734

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