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Old 09-26-2015, 06:41 PM   #21
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We were very disinterested in taking the route for a long time, until coerced by a friend. Now we like to do the Florida loop. Go west either via Key West or the Okeechobee and come back the other way
That was my motivation as well. I guess we've spent enough time cruising in the California Delta, and having covered the cross FL and around Lake O trip by car a few times. Other than the locks..zzzzzzzz....
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Old 09-26-2015, 06:53 PM   #22
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Having read this thread leads me to a question.
We winter on the River by the the US 41 Bridges. We have friends in West Palm and have thought more than once of running over in the 21 CC.
Am I nuts?
How long a run?
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Old 09-26-2015, 07:46 PM   #23
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Having read this thread leads me to a question.
We winter on the River by the the US 41 Bridges. We have friends in West Palm and have thought more than once of running over in the 21 CC.
Am I nuts?
How long a run?
132 nm total. 26 to Franklin Lock, 24 to Ortona, 14 to Moore Haven, 34 to Port Mayaca, 21 to St. Lucie, 13 to the AICW.

So, depends on your definition of running. It can be made in one day depending on your speed, luck with the locks, and also the time of year and the hours they're operating the locks. It changes with the water levels but right now it's 7:00 am to 5:00 pm on demand.

As to conditions and the 21 CC. Some days it can be a bit rough, but normally nothing you couldn't handle. You could break it into two days and spend the night at Roland Martin's. There may be some other lodging on the trip but I'm not familiar with that aspect.
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Here's a general lock schedule that could work if you wanted to do it in one day. Times are arrival at the locks.

Franklin lock-8:30. Ortona 10:30. Moore Haven noon. Mayaca 2:00, St. Lucie 4:00
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Here's a general lock schedule that could work if you wanted to do it in one day. Times are arrival at the locks.

Franklin lock-8:30. Ortona 10:30. Moore Haven noon. Mayaca 2:00, St. Lucie 4:00
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I think I'll be doing it in Feb-Mar so it would have to be in 2 days .
Just looking for something to do and this could kill a week round trip real easy.
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I think I'll be doing it in Feb-Mar so it would have to be in 2 days .
Just looking for something to do and this could kill a week round trip real easy.
You could do some bass fishing too.
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Old 09-27-2015, 05:14 PM   #27
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The part of the trip West of Big O is very cool. Very old Florida winding through small towns and lots of Spanish moss hanging from trees stretching over the river.

The bridge tenders are a trip, I won't ruin it by telling you about it but they are very nice and very unique.

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The bridge tenders are a trip, I won't ruin it by telling you about it but they are very nice and very unique.
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We made the passage without any problems. First night Indiantown. SUPER nice folks. The local restaurant has great food. They come and pick you up as town is a bit far. Then the second night we were in Fort Myers. Locks close at 1640 so time your trip.
The $24.00 docks at Franklin Locks had plenty of room. We probably should have stayed there for one night, but we kept going to Fort Myers. The water was at 14.78' for our trip. Never saw less than 11-12' the entire cross the lake route.
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Sounds like you enjoyed the crossing, good.
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Great, i intend to explore the west Florida side and maybe move to there. Thank you for the advise


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Alemao, it is a very nice area, I think you would enjoy it, the boating is fantastic.
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Crossing Florida via Lake Okeechobee

It's an easy trip, and water will be high all the way until winter this year, it looks like...


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You're right, water is real high!

We just went across the Lake for the first time and would recommend it. Lena's a civil engineer and to see/partially understand what the Army Corp did is pretty amazing, right or wrong. The St Lucie Canal is not as interesting as the Coloosahatchee River but still worth the look. There are plenty of places to anchor and sites to see. The locks are easy, not the Panama Canal but still fun. We took five days and could have doubled that. A high light was the visit with FF at Turkey Creek.

The first couple shot are going through the Mayaca Locks. During the day, the lock gates were wide open as they dump water. It looks like we're climbing up hill. The third pic, we're tied between a set of dolphins before a set of locks. Then the free public docks in La Belle which include water, electricity and wifi. And darn we were there a week early.
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. The locks are easy, not the Panama Canal but still fun. We took five days and could have doubled that. A high light was the visit with FF at Turkey Creek.
Yes, the locks on that trip are fun. The scenery beautiful. I don't think fun is the way to describe transiting the Panama Canal. It's awe inspiring. It's an incredible experience. But it's also a very intense and pressurized experience. A lot of "wows", not sure a lot of "This is sure fun" while doing it although as soon as we exited there was a "Boy, that was fun, lets go back through." That was followed by a lot of laughter, but we didn't turn around to try it again. The difference is there is only one Panama Canal. There are many canals like those on the Okeechobee route. Still, not any identical. We look forward to Erie Canal, but I'm betting we're not going to see alligator's sunning there.

First time, I really had to be talked into Okeechobee and even then it was "Ok, I'll do it once." I think we've now done it four times and will do it many more. I'm sure some here have done it dozens of times.
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