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 across Florida from Fort Myers on the west coast to Stuart on the east coast of Florida. The waterway runs through Lake Okeechobee and consists of the Caloosahatchee River to the west of the lake and the St. Lucie Canal east of the lake.[1]

A map of the Okeechobee Waterway can be found here: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Portals/44/docs/Operations/owwmap%20revised%20hyperlinks.pdf


It was built/finished in 1937 to provide a water route across Florida, allowing boats to pass east–west across the state rather than traveling the long route around the southern end of the state.


Lake Okeechobee and the Okeechobee Waterway Project is part of the complex water management system known as the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control Project. The projects cover 16,000 square miles starting just south of Orlando and extending southward through the Kissimmee River Basin to the Everglades National Park to Florida Bay.[2]

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages 5 locks and dams along the Okeechobee Waterway.

St. Lucie Lock and Dam[edit]

The St. Lucie lock was built in 1941 for navigation and flood control purposes. In 1944, the connecting spillway structure was built for flood and regulatory flow control through the St. Lucie Canal to manage the water level in Lake Okeechobee.[3]

Port Mayaca Lock and Dam[edit]

The Port Mayaca Lock was built in 1977 for navigation purposes, to permit the raising of water levels in Lake Okeechobee, and to moderate the effects of higher lake stages along the St. Lucie Canal (C-44).[4]

Ortona Lock and Dam[edit]

The Ortona Lock and Dam were constructed in 1937 for navigation purposes.[5]

Moore Haven Lock and Dam[edit]

The Moore Haven Lock and Dam were constructed in 1935 for navigation and flood control purposes.[6]

W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam[edit]

The W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam were constructed in 1965 for flood control, water control, prevention of salt-water intrusion, and navigation purposes.[7]

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