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). 

S-310 Lock Access Temporarily Restricted for Larger Boats Due to Maintenance

Boats wider than 25 feet or longer than 75 feet will not be able to use the S-310 Boat Lock on Oct. 28-29 from 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m. due to routine lock maintenance. Boats narrower than 25 feet in width or shorter than 75 feet in length will still be allowed to access the boat lock on those days.

For the latest information on navigation updates, visit SFWMD.gov/Navigation.

Reopening SFWMD Navigational Locks


The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is reopening navigational locks today and tomorrow. Locks had been temporarily closed as Tropical Storm Isaias moved through the region.

The following locks will reopen today at 4 p.m.:

  • Hendry County: S-310 boat lock, Clewiston

The following locks will reopen at the start of regular operating hours tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 3

SFWMD Closing All Navigational Locks in Preparation for Hurricane Isaias

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will close all navigational locks it maintains to public access starting Saturday morning to ensure the safety of the boating public and prevent damage to the locks. Below is a list of the affected locks with corresponding closure dates and times.

The following locks will close at the end of regular operating hours on Friday, July 31

All SFWMD Navigational Locks on Lake Okeechobee To Open

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) announced all navigational locks it maintains on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee will open starting tomorrow, July 11, 2020.

The open locks maintained by SFWMD the public can use to enter and exit Lake Okeechobee include:

  • Okeechobee County: S-193 boat lock, Taylor Creek
  • Martin County: S-135 boat lock, J&S Fish Camp

  • Okeechobee County: G-36 boat lock, Henry Creek