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Old 04-05-2017, 07:34 AM   #1
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Crossing Lake Okeechobee

Anyone crossed lately? I have heard that the level is a couple of feet below normal. I have looked at the Corps site and it looks fine.
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Old 04-05-2017, 08:26 AM   #2
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It's down a few tenths of an inch below the unrestricted locking level. At their discretion, they may go to a more limited schedule to save water. Non of this effects safe passage across the lake. Probably want to avoid the rim canal.

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Old 04-05-2017, 08:50 AM   #3
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I am planning on crossing the lake in a couple months so I'm interested in the responses.


One of the bridges on the rim route was closed a while back but the schedule had it reopening by now. I haven't looked to see if that is true.


A friend is crossing right now and he hasn't reported any difficulties.
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Old 04-05-2017, 09:23 AM   #4
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Most current information -- pretty much everything you would ever want to know about navigating Okeechobee -- is here: USACE Jacksonville District
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I am planning on crossing the lake in a couple months so I'm interested in the responses.
In a couple of months, the rains (monsoons) could kick up and the lake level could be higher than now. But we have had a real dry winter and early spring. There was some relief yesterday in North Florida but that won't impact Lake O.
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Old 04-05-2017, 12:04 PM   #6
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In a couple of months, the rains (monsoons) could kick up and the lake level could be higher than now. But we have had a real dry winter and early spring. There was some relief yesterday in North Florida but that won't impact Lake O.
Thanks. I don't have to cross the lake, it's just a recreational cruise from home to somewhere and back. If the lake is not crossable for me, I'll just continue south on the ICW.

It looks like an enjoyable trip and a visit to SW Florida seems nice as well.
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Old 04-05-2017, 12:19 PM   #7
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We crossed a couple weeks ago no problem.
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Old 04-06-2017, 08:03 AM   #8
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I have crossed twice in the last 2 months. No issues with the water levels.
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No Issues I crossed a couple of weeks ago however found in to be very boring the water is ugly kinda like a milk shake and not much to see!
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Old 04-06-2017, 01:42 PM   #10
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In a couple of months, the rains (monsoons) could kick up and the lake level could be higher than now.
Couple of months? It can change significantly in a couple of weeks! It can change enough in a couple of days to make a difference. You just have to check on conditions very, very shortly before you go. Finding out what it is like months before you plan to leave is not really helpful.
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Thanks everyone. We plan to cross this weekend after spending a couple of nights on River Forest's transient dock.
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Why pay when my dock is FREE?

We are the next canal going East.

Visitors always welcome.
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Old 04-07-2017, 03:27 PM   #13
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Anyone crossed lately? I have heard that the level is a couple of feet below normal. I have looked at the Corps site and it looks fine.
I crossed on Thursday, yesterday, and it was fine. Will do again tomorrow. Even though the government website says lake is below the 12.5 feet where the locks are supposed to be on an every 2 hour schedule, they weren't. They opened normally, on demand. Our trip from cape Coral to Stuart took 11 hours over 2 days. Cruised at around 15 it's except for no wake and slow zones.
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Have a friend who has crossed the lake a dozen times. She just completed the rim route. Found it to be quite shallow and does not recommend it
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Tomorrow from River Forest. Great place with Boat US discounts.
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I went across on the#1 route. No issues.
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I'll be crossing sometime in the next 2 or 3 weeks. What is the rim route vs. the across? I can see the rim on the Waterway Guide, around the south side, but not any other routes.

And what is route 1 vs any other routes.
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Old 04-08-2017, 02:25 PM   #18
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On my way back, we grounded the boat in the rim channel on the West shore of lake o. This channel is very shallow, we grounded in 2 Dr of water 15 feet from shore. I would not tkake this route again until lake levels came up. If you so, make sure you stay in deep water. Usually the center of the channel. But not always.
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ljk. You could have stoped with "I would not take this route again". Personally I have taken it a few times and seem to hit something down under, luckily no damage.
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I just spoke with the local guy who is routine me home. He boats in a small bass boat. He said whenever lake o gets below 13.5 feet, he gets very cautious.

Lake O has been below 12.5 feet for at least a couple of weeks now. Not a good idea for non- locals to be navigating the rim canal!
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