Boat traffic not allowed beginning Monday, February 4th
OKEECHOBEE, FL. -- The S-65E navigation lock at Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River will be closed to navigation as of Monday, February 4 due to safety hazards caused by low water levels in the lake. This navigation lock, which is operated by the South Florida Water Management District, will remain closed until water levels in Lake Okeechobee have returned to safe operating levels.
The level of Lake Okeechobee is currently at 10.07 ft. and is expected to continue to recede until significant rainfall occurs in the area. Low water levels inside the lock chamber have caused the concrete sill at the entrance and the manatee protection device installed in the bottom of the lock chamber to become a navigation hazard. Additionally, the lakeward approach to the navigation lock has become to shallow for boaters to navigate safely.
For more information please contact the South Florida Water Management District Okeechobee Service Center at 800-250-4200 or 863-462-5260.