Okeechobee Waterway

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St. Lucie Lock and Dam on the Okeechobee Waterway, approximately 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Stuart, Florida
Ortona Lock and Dam on the Caloosahatchee River, part of the Okeechobee Waterway, in Glades County, Florida

The Okeechobee Waterway is a man-made waterway stretching from Fort Myers on the west coast to Stuart on the east coast of Florida. It was built/finished in 1937 to provide a water route across Florida, allowing boats to pass east–west across the state rather than travelling the long route around the southern end of the state.

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Coordinates: 26°48′22″N 81°06′46″W / 26.80611°N 81.11278°W / 26.80611; -81.11278