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various port imagesEvery day thousands of vessels move people, animals, and products across the country via the nation's rivers and harbors. This water traffic is a vital component of the nation's economy. One of the Corps primary missions is to ensure that this traffic can move safely, reliably, and efficiently and with minimal impact on the environment.

The Corps primary navigation responsibilities include planning and constructing new navigation channels and locks and dams, and dredging to maintain channel depths at U.S. harbors and on inland waterways.

The Corps operates and maintains 25,000 miles of navigable channels and 196 commercial lock and dam sites and is responsible for ports and waterways in 41 states.

In partnership with local port authorities, Corps personnel oversee dredging and construction projects at hundreds of ports and harbors at an average annual cost of nearly $1.5 billion. The Corps dredges nearly 300 million cubic yards of material each year to keep the nation's waterways navigable. Much of this dredged material is reused for environmental restoration projects including the creation of wetlands.

Jacksonville District is responsible for 17 deep draft harbors and 20 shallow draft harbors in Florida and the Caribbean, as well as approximately 900 miles of navigable inland waterways. Seven of the ports are in the top 100 ports in the United States based on annual tonnage.

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Currently, lock hours are restricted due to east and west approach wall construction. The lock will be closed for construction between 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Vessels may lock through between 6 a.m. - 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and during normal lock hours (6 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.) on Saturdays and Sundays, and the July 3 Independence Day holiday.
Read the Notice to Navigation Interests
To ensure the safety of our visitors during construction operations, the Canaveral Lock Visitors Center will be closed to the public 7 days a week, until further notice.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has announced restrictions for lock operations on the Okeechobee Waterway due to receding water levels on Lake Okeechobee: http://1.usa.gov/1K7znCa.

Locking operations at the W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam near Fort Myers and the St. Lucie Lock & Dam near Stuart will be conducted every two hours from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. This action is the result of the water level at Lake Okeechobee falling below 12.5 feet.

Under the updated schedule, boats will be locked through at the Franklin and St. Lucie Locks at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. Operations at the other three locks, Ortona, Moore Haven, and Port Mayaca, will continue on demand between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. with final lockage beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Should the lake drop below 11.5 feet, additional reductions in service will be necessary.

Okeechobee Waterway Lock Hours (as of April 2015)
Okeechobee Waterway Lock Operating Hours
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Click to read Notice to Navigation Interests

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