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Day Use

Day use areas along Lake Okeechobee and the Okeechobee Waterway provide visitors with the opportunity to fish, picnic, or bike. Facilities such as boat ramps, playgrounds, and picnic shelters provide an excellent setting for a family get together or a day of rest and relaxation. For family reunions, company picnics, or a casual get-together, picnic shelters are available for advance reservation. Picnic shelters have electric and water facilities, BBQ grills and are located close to restroom facilities. To make a reservation, call the numbers listed below.

Day Use Areas

W.P. Franklin South: picnic tables, two picnic shelters, boat ramp, restrooms, Visitor Center, playground, horseshoe pit, sand volleyball court. Picnic shelters are available for advanced reservation by calling 877-444-6777 or visiting The fee to reserve a shelter is $35.00. Call 239-694-2582 for more information.


  • From I-75, take Exit 141 (Highway 80-Ft. Myers/LaBelle). Travel east 2.4 miles past Highway 31 to Old Olga Road. Turn left on Old Olga Road and travel 2.2 miles to the W.P. Franklin Lock Recreation Area entrance road, turn left and follow to recreation area.
  • From LaBelle, travel west on Highway 80, 5.5 miles past the intersection with Highway 884. Turn right onto Old Olga Road, travel 0.3 miles to the WP Franklin Lock Recreation Area entrance road, turn right and follow to recreation area.

Ortona North: picnic tables, two picnic shelters ($35; call 863-675-8400), boat ramp, restroom.


  • From LaBelle, travel north on Highway 29 four miles from the 29/80 intersection, then east on Highway 78 (turn right) for approximately 5.9 miles, go south on Highway 78A (turn right) and follow for 1.9 miles to the day use area.
  • From Clewiston, travel north on Highway 27, go to Moore Haven and continue 5.5 miles north (from the county courthouse), go west on Highway 78 (turn left) 8.8 miles to Highway 78A, then go south on Highway 78A (turn left) and follow for 1.9 miles to the day use area.

St. Lucie South: boat ramp, fishing area, picnic tables, picnic shelter ($35; call 772-287-1382), restrooms, Visitor center, horseshoe pit, playground.


  • From I-95, take Exit 101 (Stuart/Indiantown), following SR 76 W for 0.5 miles to Locks Road. Turn right onto Locks Road and follow signs at the Canal Street intersection into the campground.

St. Lucie North: fishing pier, group area, picnic tables, picnic shelter ($35; call 772-219-4575), nature trail, restroom.


  • From St. Lucie South Recreation Area, walk across the dam to the North Day Use Area.