SFWMD Boat Locks May Temporarily Close Due to Impacts from Hurricane Elsa

Boaters should be aware of potential boat lock closures over the next few days due to possible impacts from Hurricane Elsa

With Hurricane Elsa expected to impact South Florida early next week, some boat locks will temporarily close in order to ensure public safety, prevent damage to the locks, and aid in flood protection operations.

S-65A Boat Lock Temporarily Closed for Repairs, Additional Temporary Closures in Coming Weeks

The S-65A Boat Lock on the Kissimmee River is temporarily closed starting today to perform required maintenance and repairs. The S-65A Boat Lock will remain closed until June 15.

SFWMD routinely conducts safety inspections for all of its structures and performs preventative maintenance. Other navigational locks will be closed for inspections and repairs in the coming weeks. 

Upcoming Temporary Closures

Boat Ramp to Be Temporarily Closed in Highlands County Due to Culvert Replacement

Closure of ramp on PC41 Canal starting Jan. 27 necessary for ongoing maintenance of regional flood protection system

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will temporarily close a boat ramp in Highlands County starting Jan. 27 in order to replace several culverts as part of ongoing maintenance of the regional flood control system.

The boat ramp is north of State Road 70 where it crosses the PC41 Canal west of the Kissimmee River in Highlands County. The boat ramp is expected to be reopened to the public by May 1 once the culverts are replaced.

Two Boat Ramps Temporarily Closed at Southern End of Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) continues to take action to help alleviate high water conditions in the Central Everglades. Today, SFWMD is installing temporary pumps in southern Palm Beach County to help reduce high water levels in the Central Everglades. The temporary pumps are located just west of the S-39 structure on the northern border of Water Conservation Area (WCA) 2A in Broward County and the southern border of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (also known as WCA 1).