Okeechobee Waterway - any anchorage recommendations?

Discussion in 'Southeast' started by ZZ13, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    I will be making this crossing east to west in a few weeks. I have never done it before. I'll be starting at Ft Pierce. I plan to go on plane across the lake along the upper route, but will go slow the rest of the way. Do any of you have suggestions for good spots to stop and anchor for the nights? Yes, I can read Active Captain but I like you all better.
     
  2. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    We have done Stuart to Fort Meyers in a day. A long day.

    We have done it in two days with a split in the middle. When we split, we stopped at Clewiston, Roland Martins.

    Not sure about anchoring locations (never have anchored on the Lake crossing).

    There is a place to tie up at LaBelle. I never have but know others who have used it and would do it again. If I was crossing and wanted to tie up, I would consider stopping at LaBelle. I think it is no charge.

    To get from Fort Pierce to LaBelle in a day, I think you might have to run on plane more than just across the lake. There is a large percentage of the canal that you can run on plane.

    There are people who tie up overnight to the pilings prior to the locks, that would be an option.

    You may already be looking at this link, but including in case you haven't seen it.

    http://www.offshoreblue.com/cruising/okeechobee-locks.php

    Really good information regarding bridges and locks. That will be a big determining factor on transit time.

    When going from the east, we have always staged at Sunset Marina in Stuart. This is inside the bridge at Stuart which you will need to open to get through.

    We would leave Stuart before daylight, since the first segment has a lot of no wake. Have to run slow anyway. By daylight then we are in the area we could start picking up speed.

    Yes, use the direct route, not the rim route. When running the 20 miles or so across the lake do not deviate from the channel. Have been told there are all kinds of problems if you wander out of the channel.

    Mark
     
  3. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    We stayed at Calusa Jack's overnight on the way from Ft. Pierce to Clearwater.

    Left Stuart, FL around 9am, Got to Calusa Jack's just at sunset. They had fuel, clean bathrooms and showers. The river was calm, not a lot of boat traffic as we slept. The staff was kind enough to drive my wife to the local store for a few provisions.

    Check the closed tab on the website to make sure they're open when you plan on staying there.
     
  4. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    Enjoy the trip, unless lake levels very high, go across to Clewiston, Roland Martin marina is a fun place, great outdoor bar. Easy day down to Ft Myers for next day.
     
  5. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    I think the lake level is close to 15, 12 is the minimum for me to cross.

    At what point do they close the flood gates at Clewiston?

    I agree with stopping at Roland Martins, just make sure you bring your bug spray... Grocery stores sell those little fans with Off spray that you can hang in the cockpit and flybridge, highly recommend for overnight there.
     
  6. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Are you coming to see me?!
     
  7. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    I talked to the local trawler owners here. None are a fan of Roland Martins. Going west they first stop at Rain Forest Marina just after the first lock. The next day they stop at Moore Haven.
     
  8. Capt. Rusty Higgins

    Capt. Rusty Higgins Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    700
    Nov 6, 2006
    Florida
    The yacht delivery captain for Sea Ray Boats Inc.
    mostly 1100hp CAT/MAN
    You are not a trawler Bill !!!

    R
     
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  9. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    Ha! True!
     
  10. Capt. Rusty Higgins

    Capt. Rusty Higgins Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    700
    Nov 6, 2006
    Florida
    The yacht delivery captain for Sea Ray Boats Inc.
    mostly 1100hp CAT/MAN
    Bill.....You going to be at FP Marina next weekend ? 10-11

    R
     
  11. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    Looks like we will still be at FP City Marina, Rusty. I'll send you a new text.
     
  12. k9medic

    k9medic Active Member

    524
    Mar 27, 2013
    Florida
    2005 23' twin engine jet boat
    1998 420 Aft Cabin
    twin jet 160hp.
    twin 3116 CATs
    I've done this trip several times. With only one exception, I have always stayed at the free city dock in LaBelle.

    Once I got stuck at a lock due to the dock master not locking us through since it was after 4:30 so we stayed tied up to a dolphin.
     

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