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S-193 Lock at Taylor Creek Returns to Weekend Operations as Lake Okeechobee Rises Above 11.51 Feet

S-193 Lock at Taylor Creek Returns to Weekend Operations as Lake Okeechobee Rises Above 11.51 Feet

Okeechobee, FL – With Lake Okeechobee levels at 11.51 feet, the S-193 navigation lock at Taylor Creek in Okeechobee County has returned to weekend operations. The four other navigation locks on the north shore are still closed and have been since the lake fell below 12 feet in April. These closed locks include:

  • Okeechobee County: G-36 structure, Henry Creek.
  • Martin County: S-135 structure, J&S Fish Camp.
  • Glades County: S-127 structure, Buckhead Ridge.
  • Glades County: S-131 structure, Lakeport.

The closure was a result of drought conditions that have reduced water levels in Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee Basin. Injury and lock damage could occur when boats pass through these structures at water levels below any of the designated safety limits.

The S-193 lock at Taylor Creek in Okeechobee County will return to operations on Saturdays and Sundays between 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. beginning on Saturday, June 10, 2017. All other locks will reopen when the lake returns to 12.51 feet.

On the south shore, the S-310 lock at Clewiston in Hendry County will remain open even as low lake levels continue. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the locks leading from the lake to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

To get the latest information on Lake Okeechobee’s water volume, including daily levels, visit SFWMD’s website at

To get the latest information on navigation through SFWMD structures and waterways, visit

WOKC Okeechobee’s True Country Events

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 7-13-17

Okeechobee Discount Drugs in partnership with Project Response offers free HIV testing every Monday from 11am-3pm. All tests are confidential and the results take 15mins. Know your status and stop by Okeechobee Discount Drugs located at 203 S.W. Park Street for your free test!


In July, the Harry Chapin Food Bank will be starting a new program for seniors in Hendry/Glades county.  It is a Federal Commodity Supplemental Food Program offering a once a month delivery for pick-up of the shelf-stable food for low income seniors who are 60 years or older.   If you would like information about the program, please contact: Annie Noel:  Commodity Supplemental Food Program Coordinator at 239-344-7007 ext. 143 or Bonnie Shop:  Nutrition Site Coordinator for Hope Connections in Buckhead Ridge at  863-763-2404 or come by 30082 East State Road 78  Buckhead Ridge (next to the Fire Dept.)


Okeechobee Main Street’s July mixer will be held at The Brahma Bull Restaurant and Lounge, located at, 2405 HWY 441 SE, on Tuesday July 18th from 5 pm – 7 pm. This mixer will be their “Christmas in July” and everyone is asked to bring Toys, Food Donations, and Donations of any amount as well. All is greatly appreciated! Mixers are a great time to network with others in our community hear what is going on with Okeechobee Main Street, as well as other community organizations. Light refreshments are provided and you can enter into our 50/50 drawing that will take place at our December mixer.  Also bring a door prize and enter into our drawing!! Monthly mixers are open to the public.


Okeechobee Businesswomen’s Referral Network. This organization is where you can relax, without a care in the world. You get the share ideas, tell about great experiences with others in our Network, learn about new projects and upcoming events and offers. They meet at Cowboys, 202 NE 7th Ave., the next meeting will be in July 21 You will have time to share, pass out business cards and flyers then get to tell about YOUR business.  We also have a small gift exchange.  Need more information? Call Raye, 863-467-2557


Okeechobee County is celebrating it’s Centennial 2017!  Special Events are planned throughout this year to mark this special time in our Community’s history. The Centennial Committee meets the first Monday of every month at noon for planning and discussion. If you would like to become a member of the Committee it is on a volunteer basis outside normal business hours.  Sponsorships are available to help support the Okeechobee County Centennial Committee in making history.  To become a sponsor or for questions regarding any of the events please contact Sharie Turgeon, Facilitator at (863) 763-3959 or


A community 2 day event that includes local business owners, clubs and talent to say a fond farewell to summer. The dates of the event will be Sept 3-4, 2017 from 10 – 3 each day. There will be a parade sponsored by the B.R.A.T club at 10 the morning of Labor Day. There are fun events scheduled  contests and more to come. There will be a number of vendors with great food, arts and crafts, club information and so on.  The admission is free we just ask for you to support the vendors. Parade contact Teresa Chandler Bishop at 863-801-4996 or .Vendor and Parade applications are on our website.



WOKC Okeechobee’s True Country

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