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USACE: Okeechobee Waterway and Canaveral Harbor Lock Operations During Sub-Tropical Storm Nicole

Ortona Lock and Dam on the Caloosahatchee River, part of the Okeechobee Waterway

Central & South Florida - Tuesday November 8, 2022: Notice is given that safe harbor lockages will begin on Tuesday November 8 to allow safe passage for vessels before Subtropical Storm Nicole makes local landfall.

No mooring of vessels on Corps Structures during event.

Locks on the Okeechobee Waterway will be open 7 AM to 10 PM, with the last lockage starting at 9:30 PM, supporting vessel safe harbor passage, and the Canaveral Lock will be open during normal hours, from 6 AM to 9:30 PM, with the last lockage starting at 9 PM.

Lock operations will stop 8 hours prior to landfall, as railroad and drawbridges will be lowered or rotated and locked into a secure position. It's important that all vessels are at their intended destination before bridges are secured and passage across the waterway suspended.

For Lock Operator safety, the locks will:

1. Stop locking vessels or working outdoors if lightning is observed within five miles of the lock, and operations will not resume until lightning has not been seen in the area for 30 minutes.

2. Stop locking vessels when winds exceed 35 MPH.

After a storm, it could be days or weeks before the waterway is reopened, depending on damage to structures and how quickly debris creating navigation hazards can be removed. When locking is resumed, it will be at the site’s normal locking hours: Okeechobee Waterway Locks from 7 AM to 5 PM, Canaveral Harbor Lock 6 AM to 9:30 PM.

For up-to-date Lock information, contact the shift operator at:

Okeechobee Waterway Locks from 7 AM to 5 PM
St. Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665
Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858
Moore Haven Lock & Dam 863-946-0414
Ortona Lock & Dam 863-675-0616
W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451
Canaveral Harbor Lock 6 AM to 9:30 PM
Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421

REFERENCE: a. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters