Army Corps warns boaters of low water levels between Clewiston and Port Maycaca

The rim canal of Lake Okeechobee near the Clewiston Locks.

The rim canal of Lake Okeechobee near the Clewiston Locks.

Due to low lake levels, the Army Corps of Engineers is urging commercial and recreational boaters to use caution when traveling on Lake Okeechobee between Port Mayaca and Clewiston.

The corps issued a notice on July 15 warning boaters that the navigational depth of waters along the southern edge of the lake through Pahokee, Belle Glade, South Bay and Clewiston could be as low as 4.1 feet. The direct route across Lake Okeechobee is estimated at 5.9 feet.

Officials are also asking boaters to use caution when traveling between Clewiston and Moore Haven because of the corps’ ongoing rehabilitation project on the Herbert Hoover Dike.

The corps said temporary dams set up as part of the project have created narrow channels at multiple locations.

“We are asking boaters to be mindful of the shallow water and the potential for submerged objects when traveling through the area,” said Carl Williams with the corps’ South Florida Operations Office in Clewiston.

More information about the notice can be found at www.saj.usace.army.mil.

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