Notice to Navigation: 2023-05 Okeechobee Waterway Lock Operations during Hurricane Idalia


US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS                         LOCAL NUMBER:2023-05                   
JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT                                      WATERWAY:  OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY             

ATTN: CESAJ-OD-SN                                                EFFECTIVE: 08/28/23
PO Box 4970


POC: Kriss Zeller 863-983-8105


a.     33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters
1. Notice to Navigation

Notice is given that safe harbor lockages will begin on Monday, August 28, 2023 to allow safe passage for vessels before Hurricane Idalia makes local landfall. Locks will be open 7 AM to 10 PM supporting vessel safe harbor passage. Lock operations will stop 8 hours prior to landfall, as railroad and drawbridges will be lowered or rotated and locked into a secure position. It's important that all vessels are at their intended destination before bridges are secured and passage across the waterway suspended.

No mooring of vessels on Corps Structures during event.

For Lock Operator safety, the locks will:

1. Stop locking vessels or working outdoors if lightning is observed within five miles of the lock, and operations will not resume until lightning has not been seen in the area for 30 minutes.

2. Stop locking vessels when winds exceed 35 MPH.

After a storm, it could be days or weeks before the waterway is reopened, depending on damage to structures and how quickly debris creating navigation hazards can be removed. When locking is resumed, it will be at the site’s normal locking hours: Okeechobee Waterway Locks from 7 AM to 5 PM, Canaveral Harbor Lock 6 AM to 9:30 PM.

Normal locking hours: Okeechobee Waterway Locks from 7 AM to 5 PM (last lockage starts at 4:30 PM), Canaveral Harbor Lock 6 AM to 9:30 PM.

2.  Contact Information

For up to date Lock information, contact the shift operator 7 AM to 5 PM at:

                St Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665 or 863-662-9148

                Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858 or 863-662-9424

                Julian Keen, Jr. Lock & Dam 863-946-0414 or 863-662-9533

                Ortona Lock & Dam 863-675-0616 or 863- 662-9846

                W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451 or 863-662-9908

                Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421 or 863-662-0298 (6 AM to 9:30 PM)

Kriss Zeller
Chief of Navigation

South Florida Operations

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Contact Lock Operator

W.P. Franklin Lock          239-694-5451

Ortona Lock                     863-675-0616

Julian Keen, Jr.  Lock       863-946-0414

Port Mayaca Lock           561-924-2858

St. Lucie Lock                  772-287-2665

Canaveral Lock               321-783-5421

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P. O. Box 4970
Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
South Florida Operations Office
525 Ridgelawn Road
Clewiston, FL 33440-5399
Phone: 863-983-8101