Across Lake Okeechobee

We were up before dawn & traveling before the sun actually rose. Our goal was to cross Lake Okeechobee in the low wind morning, before the afternoon thunderstorms began.

We had a very quiet & smooth crossing – absolutely delightful. As in the St. Lucie Canal, Lake Okeechobee had periodic curvaceous whisps of blue-green algae. But, nowhere did it for a mat (like shown on TV) and there was never a discernable odor. Once we reached Clewiston, even the whispy remnants of the algae bloom dispeared.

Whisps of blue-green algae beside the shadow of Choices.

Whisps of blue-green algae beside the shadow of Choices.

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Approaching Mayakka Lock before Lake Okeechobee.

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Onto nice placid Lake Okeechobee.

We went through 2 locks today, one on each side of the lake. The elevation changes were minute (about a foot) but the process still took a half hour each. The locks up north with huge drops operate much faster.

Approaching the far side of Lake Okeechobee, near Clewiston.

Approaching the far side of Lake Okeechobee, near Clewiston.

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Lots of ospreys around here – on sign posts, on snags, flying overhead, carrying home a fish breakfast.

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The lock before Clewiston was wide open but we didn’t enter, we turned right & followed the rim canal toward the lock at Moore Haven.

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The dike around the lake was encircled in puffy clouds all morning.

The next lock in line is undergoing repairs and only opens 3 times per day. Rather than push on, we ducked into a marina & will transit that lock tomorrow. Good thing we did. The usual thunder clouds hadn’t built all day, but they did shortly after we docked & pummeled us with stong winds & bolts of lightening much too close for comfort.

One thought on “Across Lake Okeechobee

  1. Wow, you guys are really doing the tour. Thank you for including us. We are off to California tomorrow to visit some of the grandchildren. Will think about you and look for your blog when we get back. Keep safe.

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