Skipper Bob Publications

Cruising Guide Series

Add New Waterway Update

Waterway Nav Updates

Okeechobee Waterway

Sort By Mile Marker | Sorting By Date

Click here for a printable version.


FL: Lake Okeechobee Lake Stage

Date Posted: Aug 20, 2017

OWW Mile: 55.0

This morning the stage was 13.39 feet providing a navigation depth for Route 1 of 7.33 feet and for Route 2 (Rim) 5.53 feet.

The Port Mayaca Railroad Bridge clearance was not reported.

Source: USACOE Jacksonville District

Comment submitted by Avocet - Tue, Jan 20th

We finished the rim route this morning without any issues. Plenty of depth with the exception of a minimum of approximately 6 feet near red marker 4 B. Very pleasant. No obstructions. No delays. Cruising at our trawler\'s comfortable speed of 6.5 kts we got from our South Bay Basin anchorage to Port Mayaca Lock in 3.5 hours.

Comment submitted by Avocet - Mon, Jan 19th

Thus far, Moore Haven to South Bay Basin (in the southeast corner of South Bay between Bean City and Belle Glade - a wonderfully peaceful and lovely anchorage) has been clear. Our call to Jacksonville COE navigation desk went to voice mail, but today is a public holiday.

Comment submitted by Ted Stehle - Mon, Jan 19th

Avocet,I don't know of any issues with the rim route other than the work being done on the dike. See the navigation post. You may want to call the Jacksonville District, Corps of Engineers, to see if they know of anything. That said, there are no notices on their website. When you take the route please send us a navigation report. Thanks.

Comment submitted by Avocet - Mon, Jan 19th

Do you know if there are any hazards along the rim route today or a source I can go to to check for updated info on the rim.

Add Comment


FL: Okeechobee Waterway, proposed aids to navigation change

Date Posted: Aug 16, 2017

OWW Mile: 70.0

The following changes have been proposed to the Aids to Navigation System in Lake Okeechobee (Route 2).
Establish Liberty Point Daybeacon 6 (LLNR 51846) in approximate position 26-48-56.770N / 081-00-32.014W
Establish Liberty Point Daybeacon 8 (LLNR 51848) in approximate position 26-48-58.324N / 081-00-36.862W
All comments should be emailed to: D07-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil with Liberty Point Proposed Changes as the subject line. Comments
can also be mailed to: Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District, 909 SE 1st Avenue (STE 406) Brickell Federal Plaza Bldg. Miami FL
33131.

Source: CG 7th District LNM 07332017

No Comments to display.

Add Comment


FL: St Lucie Canal, mile 13.5 nav aid destroyed

Date Posted: Jul 20, 2017

OWW Mile: 13.5

St. Lucie Canal Daybeacon 40A (LLNR 51140) is destroyed. The steel pile wreckage is marked with a TRLB WR40A displaying Fl Q R, 4NM characteristics. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area.

Source: CG 7th District LNM 07292017

No Comments to display.

Add Comment


FL: Clewiston Channel, nav aid missing

Date Posted: May 25, 2017

OWW Mile: 65.0

Clewiston Channel (Rt 1B) Daybeacon 17 (LLNR 51375) is destroyed and missing and may pose a hazard to navigation. A TRUB is in place. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area.

Source: CG 7th District LNM 07212017

No Comments to display.

Add Comment


FL: Pahokee, shallow water at Pahokee Marina entrance

Date Posted: May 04, 2017

OWW Mile: 50.0

The U.S Coast Guard has received a report of extremely shallow water levels in the marina entrance to Pahokee Marina in Lake Okeechobee in approximate position 26-49.36N, 080-40.54W. When the lake water levels fall below 12.5ft the water depths in the marina entrance become extremely shallow, less than 6ft. Vessels that draw greater than 4ft should exercise extreme caution until water levels rise to greater than 12.5ft.

Source: CG 7th District LNM 07182017

No Comments to display.

Add Comment


Indiantown RR Bridge - manual operation

Date Posted: Apr 08, 2017

OWW Mile: 28.2

When we arrived at the Indiantown RR Bridge after crossing Lake Okeechobee we found that it was closed and had to be opened manually. The attendant appeared to have to unbolt or unscrew the rails from where they were connected to the bridge on the land side before he could swing the bridge open. This took almost an hour. There were four boats waiting.

Source: User

No Comments to display.

Add Comment


Clewiston, Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation work - UPDATE

Date Posted: Feb 01, 2017

OWW Mile: 65.0

2/1/17:

Ebsary Foundation will commence operations from January 27, 2017 thru May 31, 2017 in Clewiston, FL. Equipemt: 48’ x 120’ Deck Barge, EB 120 with a 150 Ton crane mounted on it, and a 25’ x 14’ Tug Boat, MACK will work in the waterway adjacent to the Herbert Hoover Dike. The GPS Coordinates of the work area are; N 26° 43' 40”, W 80° 51' 6”. The scope of work involves removing the steel cofferdam structure at Culvert-3 of the Herbert Hoover Dike. The barges and tug boat will be located inside the construction area and will monitor VHF Channel 16. The canal will restricted to marine traffic during construction operations. Operations will be Monday through Saturday from 7:00am to 5:00pm. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use extra precaution when navigating through this section of the waterway. Further information contact Brent Huffman, 305-986-7414.

Archer Western will be replacing two culverts along the Okeechobee Waterway near Clewiston (Culvert C-3) & near South Bay (Culvert C-4a) as part of the overall Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Construction will occur 5 to 6 days a week, with the possibility of night time work & obstruction (Steel Cofferdam /or Barge) during the installation and removal of the cofferdams on both the lakeside and land side of the dike. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use caution when navigating through this section of the waterway and adjacent to the Hoover Dike Culvert C-3 & Culvert C4a. All vessels should operate as slow to idle speeds with only enough
forward movement to maintain control of the vessel. Boaters are responsible for any damage from boat wakes they create. Two (2) obstruction buoys with solar powered lights, with reflective hazard warning and symbol will be placed at the outermost edge of cofferdams obstructing the waterway to delineate the cofferdam location and guide boaters through the work zone area. Once the culvert replacements are complete, the cofferdams will be removed and waterway restored. The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of July 2017. Further information contact Yankyer Gomez, 239-634-7804 or at ygomez@walshgroup.com.

9/16/15:

Harry Pepper & Associates, Inc. will be replacing one culvert along the Okeechobee Waterway near Clewiston (Culvert C-2) as part of the overall Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Construction will occur 5 to 6 days a week, with the possibility of night time work. Construction consists of steel and earthen cofferdams on both the lakeside and landside of the dike to create a selfcontained work area. The coordinates for the work site are as follows; 26°45'51"N, 80°55'32"W.

Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use caution when navigating through this section of the waterway west and adjacent to the Hoover Dike Road City Boat Ramp and Clewiston City Marina and Boat Ramp. All vessels should operate as slow to idle speeds with only enough forward movement to maintain control of the vessel. Boaters are responsible for any damage from boat wakes they create. Two (2) obstruction buoys with solar powered lights, reflectorized hazard warning and symbol will be placed at the outermost edge of cofferdams obstructing the waterway to delineate the cofferdam location and guide boaters through the work zone area. Once the culvert replacements are complete, the cofferdams will be removed and waterway restored.

The project is anticipated to be completed in November 2017. For further information contact Mike Nelson, 863-902-1303 or
mnelson@hpepper.com.

Source: CG 7th District LNM 07372015

No Comments to display.

Add Comment


Alert: Frequent grounding area

Date Posted: Jul 02, 2015

OWW Mile: 143.0

Frequent groundings occur in the Caloosahatchee River west of Cape Coral. Be sure to use front and rear ranges.

No Comments to display.

Add Comment


Caution - Unconventional nav aid numbering

Date Posted: Jul 02, 2015

OWW Mile: 121.0

The Caloosahatchee River has many aids to navigation, beginning with red daybeacon “2” just downriver from the W. P. Franklin Lock. Although this is a navigable river coming in from the Gulf of Mexico, it is not marked with the conventional “red-right-returning” system with numbers increasing as one proceeds inland. The daybeacons, lights, and such are a continuing part of the Okeechobee Waterway system; numbers increase as you cruise westward, and the “reds” are on your right side even though you are going downriver. This can be confusing if you do not understand the system.

No Comments to display.

Add Comment


Skipper Bob is proud to be a sponsor of: