Friday, January 22, 2016

Tour The Franklin Lock And Dam With The Suttons

ALVA, Fla. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will offer free tours of the W. P. Franklin Lock and Dam on the Okeechobee Waterway in Alva through March.

The 45-minute tour begins with a presentation at the Visitor Center, followed by a narrated visit to the lock. Visitors can learn more about the Corps and its water management systems. Tours are offered everySaturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and at 3 p.m. Group tours are also available by appointment Mondaythrough Friday.

Both the indoor and outdoor portions of the tour are handicap accessible.

Photo: Volunteers Betty Ann and John Sutton host the Franklin Lock tours

Visitors are encouraged to sign up for tours in advance. For more information and to sign up for a tour, call the W. P. Franklin Visitor Center at 239-694-2582.

The Visitor Center is open daily between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and offers interactive hands-on displays.

The W. P. Franklin Recreation Area features picnic areas, is located at 661 South Franklin Lock Road, Alva, Florida, and is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

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