Boaters advised to use caution on Kissimmee River

Posted 10/10/22

Boaters are encouraged to exercise caution on Kissimmee Lake/Kissimmee River (C-38 Canal) due to high water levels.

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Boaters advised to use caution on Kissimmee River

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Boaters are encouraged to exercise caution on Kissimmee Lake/Kissimmee River (C-38 Canal) due to high water levels. Boaters may encounter rapidly flowing water and potential submerged hazards. Boaters are advised not to navigate near the State Road 60 Bridge toward the S-65 structure. There are possible obstructions in the water including debris and floating vegetation. 

Recent rains from Hurricane Ian have increased regional water levels. Existing gates and navigation locks are being used to alleviate high water conditions in the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. 

Navigational Locks
The navigational locks listed below remain closed for public access until further notice. These locks will remain closed until high water conditions in the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and Kissimmee River recede. 

  • Okeechobee/Glades County: S-65E, Kissimmee River,
  • Okeechobee/Highlands County: S-65D Boat Lock,
  • Osceola/Polk County: S-65A Boat Lock,
  • Osceola/Polk County: S-65, Lake Kissimmee,
  • Osceola County: S-61, Cypress Lake and Lake Tohopekaliga.

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Anglers and boaters may also access local waterways through other public boat ramps. Visit FWC Boat Ramp Finder to find one near you.

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