Lake Okeechobee water level continues to drop

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The level of Lake Okeechobee continues to drop, as the hurricane season officially ended on Nov. 30. On Monday, the lake was at 13.09 feet above sea level, down from 13.16 feet one week ago. Historical average (based on years 1965-2000) for this date was 14.83 feet. The U.S. Army Corps of […]

Lake Okeechobee water level stays just above 13 feet

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The level of Lake Okeechobee dropped slightly last week. The lake was at 13.16 feet above sea level on Nov. 25, compared with 13.24 feet on Nov. 18. The historical average, based on data from 1965-2007, for Nov. 25 is 14.89 feet. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to send freshwater […]

River level rising 

OKEECHOBEE – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers requested South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) increase the S-65D headwaters by 0.2 feet per day beginning Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, with a target of reaching 27.5 feet NGVD by Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. The elevation on Aug. 15 was 26.4 feet NGVD. The purpose of holding […]

Low lake level puts boaters in jeopardy

CLEWISTON — The lowering of Lake Okeechobee’s level can have an effect on boaters even before it declines to under 11 feet, as the grounding of three teenage tourists’ vessel on Saturday, April 27, demonstrated. It also can dissuade even veteran fishermen from participating in an annual tournament event — the Roland Martin Marine Center […]

Independent scientific study to consider lake schedule

The University of Florida Water Institute Team is conducting an independent scientific review to inform development of the new Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule. At their Jan. 10 meeting, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) board members approved a contract with the University of Florida Water Institute to conduct an independent scientific review to help […]

Releases slow rise of Lake Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee has dropped more than one-tenth of a foot (1.32 inches) since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District increased water releases in late February. More than half of that flow was to the south of the big lake. During the first 10 days of the releases, the water level in the lake […]

To lower the lake, where would the water go?

Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast have proposed a new schedule for the operation of Lake Okeechobee that would lower the lake to 10.5 feet by the end of May, in order to leave enough capacity in the lake at the start of the wet season to prevent the need for any lake […]

Lake Okeechobee level falls below 11 feet

With Lake Okeechobee levels falling below 11 feet, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has closed the S-193 navigation lock at Taylor Creek in Okeechobee County for safety reasons.