The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, Kissimmee River and Lake Okeechobee offer some of the best boating and fishing opportunities in Central and South Florida. Navigation locks throughout this interconnected system ensure that it is accessible for public recreation.
Did you know there are 11 locks maintained by the South Florida Water Management District? It takes about 15 minutes to "lock" through most structures. This service is free to boaters locking through during normal operating hours.
The district operates five locks on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee and one (S-310) on the south shore near Clewiston.
A map with lock locations on Lake Okeechobee and instructions on how to move through the locks are in the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail & Okeechobee Waterway brochure.
The District operates five locks on the Kissimmee Waterway.
A map with local operations is in the Guide to the Kissimmee Waterway.
When severe weather such as a hurricane is approaching the area, locks may be temporarily closed for safety. Visit SFWMD.gov/Navigation to get the latest information on navigation through SFWMD structures and waterways.