SFWM News Release - Low lake levels require Lock Closures!!
March 23, 2017
Lake Okeechobee Levels Below 12 Feet Will Require Lock Closures
If dry conditions continue, several locks will be closed for safety reasons
West Palm Beach, FL -Boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, please be advised that if drier-than-average conditions persist and the levels of Lake Okeechobee are further reduced, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will close navigation locks on the north shore for safety reasons. Personal injury and lock damage could occur when boats pass through these structures at water levels below any of the designated safety limits.
Today, the water level in Lake Okeechobee is 12.77 feet. However, if the lake falls below 12 feet, locks along the north shore will be closed. The locks potentially affected are:
Despite these other possible closures, the S-310 lock on the south shore at Clewiston in Hendry County will remain open even as low lake levels continue. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the locks leading from the lake to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.
To get the latest information on Lake Okeechobee's water volume, including daily levels, visit SFWMD's website at www.sfwmd.gov/science-data/levels.
To get the latest information on navigation through SFWMD structures and waterways, visit www.sfwmd.gov/navigation.
Randy Smith| email@example.com |Office: 561-682-2800|Cell: 561-389-3386
The South Florida Water Management Districtis a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts.Our mission is to protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.