Amen to the cattle thing. We had to shoo one off the road to get out. La Belle is, indeed the nearest town but their mailing address is Moore Haven.
I just spoke to Rick from Tiger Marine
who is doing some work on my boat. He said the Waterway has been closed all summer and is not yet open. I forgot to mention that in my earlier post. The other issue is the there is a bridge with a 47 foot limit. The lake is low right now and you might get away with a bit more. We have 50 feet and had to do the Okoochobee Limbo with Captain
Billy. For $180 he loaded our port deck
with barrels that he filled with water
until we were heeled about 20 degrees, which gave us enough clearance to get through. Not cheap
for a half hours work, but it beats the hell out of going around Key West