Corps to maintain status quo on flows from Lake Okeechobee

Published June 9, 2016

Water from Lake Okeechobee in south Florida will continue to flow at current rates.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will keep its target flow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary unchanged at 4,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at Moore Haven Lock & Dam (S-77) located on the southwest side of the lake.  The target flow for the St. Lucie Estuary remains at 1,800 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart.  Additional runoff from rain in the St. Lucie basin could occasionally result in flows that exceed targets.

“We had some recession in the lake level late last week, but Tropical Storm Colin brought the lake back up,” said Jim Jeffords, Jacksonville District Operations Division Chief.  “With the lake level virtually unchanged from last week, we have decided to maintain flows at current rates.”

Today, the lake stage is 14.40 feet, up 0.02 feet since last week.  The Corps will continue to monitor conditions and adjust flows as necessary.

For more information on water level and flows data for Lake Okeechobee, visit the Corps’ water management website at



Release no. 16-041