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Ortona Lock & Dam

Ortona LockThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomes you to Ortona Lock and Dam, located on the Okeechobee Waterway. Stretching out from both directions, the waterway extends to the Gulf of Mexico using the Caloosahatchee River and to the Atlantic Ocean using the St. Lucie Canal. Covering 152 miles, the waterway serves as both a commercial and recreational link with several overnight-docking facilities along the way. The Corps constructed and currently manages five locks along the Waterway. Ortona Lock and Dam were constructed in 1937 for navigation purposes.


Waterway distances: 15.5 miles east to Moore Haven Lock and 27.9 miles west to W.P. Franklin Lock

Cost of construction: Approximately $1.1 million

Lockage: Approximately 9,500 vessels lock through annually; of these about 96% are recreational vessels.

Commodities: Approximately 13,300 tons of manufactured goods, equipment, crude materials, food, and petroleum products locked annually.

Lock usage: Operating hours 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., 365 days a year, unless otherwise noted in the Coast Guard published, "Notice to Mariners." Lockage usually takes 15 to 20 minutes.

Technical Details

Lock chamber: 50 feet wide x 250 feet long x 12 feet deep

Lift of lock: Normally 7.5 to 8.5 feet. Channel width and depth: 90 feet wide x 8 feet deep

Spillway tainter gates: Two, 20 feet wide x 30 feet tall

Vertical lift gates: Two, 46.8 feet wide x 10.4 feet tall

Lock gate type: Two sixty degree, 30 foot x 6 ½ inch structural steel sector gates

Discharge capacity: 8,660 cfs (cubic feet per second)

Public Comment - Ortona Lock Temporary Closure

Notice to Navigation Interests: NTN 2018-02 Okeechobee Waterway - Ortona Lock Closure June 2018; Public Comment through March 31


Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is notifying the public, marinas, commercial and recreational vessels traveling the Okeechobee Waterway that Ortona Lock will be closed for maintenance 4 through 16 June 2018. This will be the first lock closure along the Okeechobee Waterway in 6 years; maintenance is necessary to repair aging and damaged infrastructure in addition to improving public and vessel safety. Repairs will require the lock chamber to be dewatered for crews to perform inspections, replace gate seals and repair Manatee Protection system components. During the closure, barges, floating cranes and divers will be working in the lock entrance, requiring vessel operators in the area to use minimal speed and caution for safety

Public comments and concerns related to this closure will be accepted until 31 March 2018 and can be mailed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 525 Ridgelawn Rd., Clewiston, FL 33440 Attn: Gary Hipkins or can be emailed to Gary.L.Hipkins@usace.army.mil.

Hours of Operation

7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with last lockage beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Contact Information

General information: 863-983-8101
  • Navigation Locks monitor Marine VHF radio channel 13.
  • Bridges monitor channel 9.

To contact lock: 863-675-0616