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Old 15-02-2016, 20:54   #1
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Lake Okeechobee transit

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Leaving from Stuart,Fl tomorrow (16 Feb) going to Ft Myers via Lake Okeechobee. Anyone been thru lately? I was wondering if there were places to tie up close to Malaka (sp) lock. I could probably make it there with daylight left or is Indiantown the last Marina/tieup place heading west.
I'm in a trawler so the RR bridge is not a problem height wise.Lots of water in there too.
Appreciate any help.
Thanks,Ray
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Old 15-02-2016, 22:30   #2
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Re: Lake Okeechobee transit

My boat is in Ft. Myers and the harbor master there said due to the Corps releasing 1,000,000,000 gallons of water a day the river is running 1 1/2 to 2 feet high. Probably not an issue for you but also keep in mind the current is maybe two knots faster than normal. Might want to check on what is going on with that.

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Old 15-02-2016, 23:04   #3
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Hello,
Leaving from Stuart,Fl tomorrow (16 Feb) going to Ft Myers via Lake Okeechobee. Anyone been thru lately? I was wondering if there were places to tie up close to Malaka (sp) lock. I could probably make it there with daylight left or is Indiantown the last Marina/tieup place heading west.
I'm in a trawler so the RR bridge is not a problem height wise.Lots of water in there too.
There are a few pilings to starboard before you get to the Port Myaca lock but there is no guarantee of space and the pilings are covered with creosote which makes them problematic without fender boards. Check Active Captain for details. There is also room for one boat to anchor bow and stern in the Port Mayaca Canal 1.5 miles east of the railroad bridge. My choice would be to dock at Indian Town Marina.
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Re: Lake Okeechobee transit

I've stayed near the lock on a GB42. I'm trying to remember exactly how, but am pretty sure I dropped the hook, backed up to the last piling, and tied a line to it to keep me from swinging into the channel. I was coming from the lake were it was to rough to anchor, and the lock master suggested the spot.
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Re: Lake Okeechobee transit

Thanks to all for your reply's.
I left Stuart about 12:30 and arrived at Port Mylaka(sp) about 6;00. Had a 2 kt negative current until st lucie lock then about a 1 kt negative the rest of the way. I am tied to a dolphin just east of the lock right now and for the night. NO wind at present (9pm) and none forecast.
42 km to Moore Haven from here, then down the C river. Should be at Moore Haven @ 1;00 pm (we're a 7 knot trawler). Dont know how far Ill get toward Ft Myers.
i'll let you know
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