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Okeechobee Waterway Bridges

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Okeechobee Bridges

There are 25 or 26 bridges that cross the Okeechobee Waterway depending on the route chosen and your ultimate destination. Fifteen are high level fixed bridges and the remaining 10 or 11 are operating bridges.

In addition to the bridges, there are also approximately 25 overhead cable crossings on the Okeechobee Waterway. The lowest is 3.1 NM east of the Port Mayaca RR Lift Bridge with an authorized clearance of 56’.

Bridge Clearances

The high level fixed bridges offer vertical clearances of 54’ or greater. The operating bridges offer closed vertical clearances of between 5’ and 27’.

Fortunately, many of the low level operating bridges are either railroad bridges that are normally open (except in the event of a train crossing) or others which open on demand with some restrictions.

A complete listing of all bridges along with their locations, vertical clearances, and operating restrictions is shown below. This file is available for download for your personal and private use.

Okeechobee Waterway Bridges (NM)

* Please Note: Limiting Vertical Clearance for the Waterway.
** Based on 14.5’ water level.
*** Based on 12.56’ water level.
† Above 55’ vertical clearance, the bascule span overhangs the channel.
(NM) Marker Bridge Charted Vert. Clear. Schedule Restrictions VHF
Florida
3.0 Evans Crary 65’ Fixed Bridge   --
6.3 New Roosevelt Bridge 65’ Fixed Bridge   --
6.4 Brit Point RR Bascule Bridge 7’ Normally Open Closed for RR Traffic 09
6.5 Old Roosevelt Bascule Bridge 14’ The draw shall open between 0700 - 1800 M-F on the hour and ½ hour except Federal holidays. On weekends and Federal holidays the draw shall open between 0800 - 1800 on the hour and every 20 minutes thereafter. Other times on demand. Closed M-F 0730 - 0900 & 1600 - 1730 except openings at 0815 and 1645. Only opens if Brit Point RR bridge is open. 09
8.3 Palm City Bridge 54’ Fixed Bridge   --
9.5 Indian Street Bridge 55’ Fixed Bridge   --
12.2 I-95 Bridges 56’ Fixed Bridge Twin Spans --
12.4 Thomas B. Manual Bridge 55’ Fixed Bridge   --
14.9 SW 96th Street/County Road 76A Bridge ** 56’ Fixed Bridge   --
24.5 Indiantown Bridge ** 55’ Fixed Bridge   --
24.6 Indiantown RR Bridge ** 7’ Opens on Demand Closed from 2200 - 0600 except with 3 hours notice. 09
33.0 Port Mayaca RR Lift Bridge ** 7’ Normally Open * 49’± Open (Limiting Vertical Clearance for the Waterway) 09
33.7 Port Mayaca Highway Bridge ** 55’ Fixed Bridge   --
52.7 Torry Island Swing Bridge *** 11’ The draw shall open on demand between 0700 - 1800 M-Thu. and 0700 to 1900 Fri, Sat, and Sun. Closed at all other times. (Rim Route) 09
68.0 Moore Haven RR Swing Bridge 5’ Opens on Demand Need not be opened from 2200 - 0600. 09
68.2 Moore Haven Highway Bridges 55’ Fixed Bridge Twin Spans --
89.1 La Belle Bascule Bridge 28’ Opens on Demand Closed M-F 0700 - 0900 & 1600 - 1800. 09
93.7 Fort Denaud Swing Bridge 9’ Opens on Demand Closed 2200 - 0600 except with 3 hours notice. 09
100.2 Alva Bascule Bridge 23’ Opens on Demand Closed 2200 - 0600 except with 3 hours notice. 09
109.2 Route 31/W. Piggott Bascule Bridge 27’ Opens on Demand Closed 2200 - 0600 except with 3 hours notice. 09
111.8 I-75 Bridges 55’ Fixed Bridge Twin Spans --
112.6 †SCL RR Bascule Bridge 5’ Normally Open Closed for RR Traffic 09
116.4 Thomas Edison Bridges 56’ Fixed Bridge Twin Spans --
117.0 Caloosahatchee Bridge 55’ Fixed Bridge   --
120.2 Midpoint Memorial Bridge 55’ Fixed Bridge   --
123.0 Cape Coral Bridges 55’ Fixed Bridge Twin Spans --
130.9 Sanibel Causeway Bridge 70’ Fixed Bridge. "A" Span   --

Okeechobee Waterway Bridge Schedule - Download

Caution: The limiting vertical clearance of the waterway is 49’± at the Port Mayaca RR Lift Bridge.

This list is believed to be accurate as of January 2014. If any errors or omissions are noted, please e-mail us at with any corrections or recommendations.

One of the biggest hurdles for sailboats using the Okeechobee Waterway is the Port Mayaca RR Bridges’ 49’± vertical clearance. Unfortunately, with this portion of the waterway being non-tidal that means there is no waiting for low water to squeeze a possible few extra feet under the bridge.

However, low water levels in Lake Okeechobee will often present an opportunity! As an example, on a recent day the Lake Okeechobee water level was 12.14’. This means the St. Lucie Canal is also typically slightly below its normal pool level as well, resulting in an increase of the vertical clearance to 51.28’.

Okeechobee Limbo

Still not enough? If your MHH is still a little too much to make it under the bridge, all is not lost. Bring in the "Okeechobee Limbo." Simply put, a crew out of the Indiantown Marina will meet your boat at the bridge and by use of plastic 50 gallon drums lined up along your rail and filled with water, list your vessel enough to pass under the Port Mayaca RR Bridge. Once through, the drums are emptied and removed from your boat and you are on your way. The whole process generally takes less than an hour.

While this method will not work on some broad beamed vessels, the majority of sailboats can benefit with a MHH reduction of up to 5 or 6 feet. With every boat having their own characteristics, results differ. For more information or reservations, contact the Indiantown Marina to discuss your requirements.