SFWMD Closing North Shore Navigation Locks as Lake Okeechobee Levels Continue to Drop
West Palm Beach, FL - For boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will close several navigation locks on the north shore and reduce the operating hours of a fifth lock for safety reasons starting Friday, March 29. The closures are a result of lower water levels in Lake Okeechobee. 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 11.97 feet NGVD. The following north shore locks are required to close for safety reasons when the lake falls below 12 feet NGVD:
- Martin County: S-135 structure, J&S Fish Camp
- Okeechobee County: G-36 structure, Henry Creek
- Glades County: S-127 structure, Buckhead Ridge
- Glades County: S-131 structure, Lakeport