Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) is one of my favorite places to ride. Here’s an unofficial map I put together to show which parts are paved, which parts require you to go on surface roads, trail heads and access points, and a few places to eat.
I plan to do a much more comprehensive piece on the LOST, but I’ve had enough recent requests for information that I thought I’d put this up as a stop-gap.
Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST)
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I encourage you to click on the link to a larger map. It’s easier to see in a new window.
Blue = LOST; Red = Roads
The blue lines represent the paved portion of the trail. The red lines show where you have to exit the LOST and get on public highways.
The roads are good riding
If you are reasonably comfortable riding in traffic, then you should have no problems with the roads around Lake Okeechobee.
- 78, on the west side of the Lake has wide shoulders and light (but fast) traffic. The rural drivers are friendly and almost always pull over into the other lane to pass, even when I’ve been on the shoulder.
- 441 on the east side of the lake has been recently repaved. The shoulders aren’t as wide as 78, but they’re fine. I’ve ridden it when it was under construction and the shoulders were broken up and survived.
- The short jog around the Taylor Creek Lock on the north side isn’t a problem if you time your bridge crossing to miss the few short bursts of traffic that come along. Take the lane when crossing the bridge. If you are west bound, plan to move to the left side of the lane as soon as you cross the bridge so you can make a left turn to get back on the dike. The stretch between the dike and the road on the east side of Taylor Creek is shell rock. It’s usually packed pretty solid, but you can hit some soft spots. Be careful if you have narrow tires.
You are isolated on the LOST
Once you’re up on the dike, you may have to ride seven or more miles to get to an access point because you have the lake on one side and the rim canal on the other.
There are no restrooms on the dike, no food, no services, so be prepared. There ARE primitive camp sites around. Before the authorities cut all the non-native trees and bushes, the campsites were relatively hidden. Now they are wide open.
What all all those blue markers?
I’ve tried to mark all the trail heads and access points I can remember. Some of them may not allow a motorized vehicle to pull in, but they are places where you could reach a road on your bike.
Don’t count on anyone recognizing the names I’ve given those access points. They are just what I call them, usually based on some geographical feature.
Places to eat
I’ve also marked a few places around the north and east side of the lake to eat. I highly recommend The Office bar at Nubbins Slough, Gizmo’s Pizza & Subs at Taylor Creek and the Golden Corral’s all-you-can eat buffet in Okeechobee. [Note Gizmo’s is no longer in business. I hated to see them close.]
I also mark the Scottish Inns in Okeechobee as an inexpensive, clean place to stay. Don’t expect a chocolate on your pillow, but the folks running it are nice and I’ve had a decent night’s sleep there. It’s not a place to park your spouse for the day while you’re out riding, though. The rooms are tiny by today’s standards.
Be careful out there
My riding partner, Mary, and I used to ride without helmets on the LOST because we thought we were more likely to have heat stroke than head injuries on a trail with no motorized vehicles and no obstructions to run into. Mary, for no apparent reason, crashed her bike about a mile north of the Chancey lock and wound up with five skull fractures. Help is a long way away when your partner is unconscious on the ground with head trauma.
Things to bring
- Food and water
- Sunscreen (there is no shade)
- Bug repellant, especially for riding around dusk. Glasses or some form of eye cover keeps flying insects out of your eyes. Some evenings the gnats and other bugs are so thick I pull a bandanna over my nose and mouth to cut down on the amount of protein I ingest.
- An awareness of the weather. You’re the highest object around for scores of miles. Heat lightning in the distance makes for a great light show, but you want to get off the dike if it starts moving in.
- A camera. I’ve seen something interesting every time I’ve ridden the LOST.
- Good sense. Do NOT pet the alligators.
97 Replies to “Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) Map”
I guess I’ll develop my relative sense of safety after visiting a few times….but that is a really good test: broken glass. You’ve already convinced me to be wary of the parking situation at Pahokee – it was one of the areas I was considering. I’ll drive that area a bit to get an impression, but I might avoid actually staying for too long if it doesn’t feel right.
But I must say, if most people around the Lake area are as friendly and helpful as you and Jan have been, then I am sure things will turn out just fine – especially considering what I am used to down here!
Happy to help, Evan. Port Mayaca is my favorite spot for many reasons – it’s closest to my house (I live in Lake Park on the Intracoastal); fastest off the Beeline Highway. Not sure how you’ll come but if you come up the Turnpike, you’ll get off on Southern and go out 80. To get to Port Mayaca, get off on Northlake Blvd. (it’s a Sunpass-only exit) and take the Beeline out to Indiantown, then you’ll take 76 off that to the Lake at Port Mayaca. We park directly on the dike top near the gate to head northwest; it’s well lit because of the locks; usually lots of fishermen around. On the other end, a few miles past Okeechobee City Pier at 441, Okeetantie provides food, drink, restrooms, a store/baitshop – a very safe place to launch (the trail is east of there just a bit – you’ll wind around some campgrounds first). Holler when you plan to go; one or more of us might be up for joining you.
One other warning: With these storms, plan carefully and watch your weather app on the phone. They’ve been brutal and fast-moving out there. At the first sign of a storm, get off that dike and somewhere safe fast. (Even down near the lake if you have to.) Lightning has been fierce with these storms, and you’re the tallest thing around on top of that dike – a natural lightning rod. There are very few shelters – and I sure wouldn’t stand under one.
Don’t forget, if you’re riding alone: Carry a cell phone, though reception is iffy in places, an extra tire tube, extra water (we all wear Camelbaks), major bug repellent, a flashlight. Wear a helmet!
Thanks for the heads-up. Funny thing is, if something happens to me (storm) I’m not sure I’ll get much sympathy….I am actually a meteorologist! The degrees won’t do me much good if I get zapped!
Thankfully I have also just completely cleaned and refreshed the Camelbak, so that’s ready to go.
I am not sure how soon I’ll get to go but the first time might be awfully spur-of-the-moment….but any time I do actually plan to go, I will try to send a heads-up to see who else might be out there. With a possible Atlantic storm a week away, I wind up working almost every day…so we will see.
In one of Ken’s replies, he mentioned that lots of fishermen around might be a bad thing…..are you running into a different element at Port Mayaca that makes it feel safe? As a newbie to that area, I’m not sure I would pick up on the difference but you make it sound like a good spot, which means a lot.
I do have to admit that my short term goal is to ride enough miles to “earn” my way up to a new ride. I’m putting something away for every mile completed until I have saved enough. I’ve set a goal of 1200 miles before finally making the “upgrade.”
What I’m on now….I have had for a VERY long time. I first got this when I was 15 or so (when I reached my present adult height). I won’t tell you how many years ago that was….but lets just say it is more than half a lifetime ago! There is a really good chance that the tune-up I will be doing soon will cost more than the whole bike is worth! This one is just for me to keep myself moving and to set some goals. When I learned about the LOST, I see an opportunity to eat up some miles without getting run off the road. Down here one cannot go far without traffic, and open roads are almost impossible to find.
If the hurricane actually comes here/comes close next week, this (old) bike will be the only way I can get around, so it’s also helpful to keep the legs and knees moving…part of my hurricane preparation plan!
Thanks again! (I’m taking good notes!)
I may have given a wrong impression. Lots of fishermen are a good thing. Having traffic around reduces the chances of isolated breakins.
Fisherfolk are generally honest folks who look out for each other. I think anybody they caught breaking into ANYONE’S vehicle would be strung up as the catch of the day.
Jan likes Port Mayaca, and I’ll admit that I’ve probably started there more times than anywhere else, but I think the Clewiston to Moore Haven segment is the prettiest.
The first seven miles north of Port Mayaca are dull for me. You can see some big gators cruising up the rim canal, but it’s less appealing than the rest of the loop.
The South Bay to Clewiston piece is the least attractive to me because it parallels US 27. Even though you are quite a ways from it, at night the lights from the cars are annoying.
As a weather guy, you’ll love Lake O. It’s big enough that it generates its own weather, particularly in the winter if there’s a cold front moving through. On night rides when there’s a big thunderboomer off in the distance, you’re treated to God’s own light show.
I’ve been chased off the dike by a water spout, and I covered a boat race from a small plane where funnel clouds were dipping down all around us.
I live in Clewiston and used to ride every other day the roundtrip Clewiston-Moore Haven-Clewiston just for sport and relaxation; and it is actually, as you said, the nicest one.
Birds, alligators (this time I have seen more than ever) and some little snakes depending on the hr, all make it a quiet spending of time. A lot of little flying things even at noon under the heat; so bring glasses for sure. The other day I saw an eagle, and I had no idea we had some around here. The head was white as part of the tail, but a huge bird.
Sometimes I do Clewiston-South Bay-Clewiston, and it is pretty on the side looking toward the Lake, but the cars at US-27 are a real pain and when riding Clewiston-M. Haven you can’t see the Lake but on the other side is just you and nature, nobody else bothering. You notice the difference and enjoyment.
Lately there have been a little wind, but I never go beyond 15 miles/hr, unless when returning and close to home, then sometimes I go up to 20.
That’s a great location. Easily the prettiest and most relaxing part of the lake. I envy you for being able to hop on and off without having to come all the way from the coast.
Sometimes when possible I go under the heat (at noon!) and that is why recently I added a second bottle of water to one of my bikes (my radiator has already 47 yrs).
The other day I decided to ride with my mountain bike which has the biggest tires, and thicker tubes you can get—as I did it to my two road bikes as well because of being tired of flats–(recently I added a 48-38-28 chairing for the mountain) trying to compensate; and then going toward Moore Heaven from Clewiston, like half way or before there is a small ‘town’ I went off, actually like 8-house-trailers, and the place is called ‘Uncle Joe’ or something like that. A dog similar to a bull one went after me like a lion in distress so I did not stop and kept riding off the dike, going through the cane fields dirt roads.
I found it relaxing as well, and hoped to see a black panther :-) but nothing like that. I stopped and took a couple of pictures. The quietness and solitude when you ride in between those cane fields make you think that in reality you are out of the surrounding world.
Thank you for putting this out there. I am involved with a group that is planning to ride the 120 miles in 2 days in October. We are riding to raise money for orphans in other countries. Most of us are casual riders so would you mind sharing some more specifics on what you would suggest for us. Such as: Starting point, a place to stay the night approximately 60 miles in. I heard the wind is really bad do you know which way would be easiest the second day considering the wind and paved roads? Any information would be great. I don’t really know where to begin. Thank you so much!
If you put off your ride until November, you can hook up with a great bunch of folks from Florida Off Road Cycling Enthusiasts (FORCE). They have a fan page.
Here’s an announcement about their upcoming ride:
“The Big “O”
Nov 12/13 Starting in Clewiston at he Army Corps of Engineers 9AM ride west side up to Pier 2 resort in Okeechobee(863)763-8003 Mention big O $55/night and ride back Sunday. Rest stops every 15-20 miles lots of fun/beer/food/friends. No charge!!! Very casual.. Call 561-684-8444 any questions””
Here are two pieces I did on last year’s ride:
The Force Ride, including video.
My experience riding the unpaved portion of the LOST.
You DON’T have to ride the unpaved section if you don’t want to. The road has good shoulder. The FORCE folks won’t even mock you for being a wimp. In fact, you might pick up a couple of followers.
Here’s the experience of a group that rode the dike in the opposite direction that weekend.
As far as where to stay, you’re pretty much limited to Clewiston in the south or Okeechobee or Buckhead Ridge in the north.
You’re riding a circle, so you’re going to hit headwinds no matter what. In fact, I’ve had days when I deserved a tailwind, but the direction shifted and I had a headwind both ways. Funny how you never remember when the opposite happens. Maybe it doesn’t.
If that’s not enough, send me an email and we can talk realtime.
Hey Ken. My name is Timothy and my dad and I were wondering if you were still doing the bike ride around Lake Okeechobee November 12-13. If so can you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We wanted to know how much it was going to cost, what types of drinks (other than beer), where would we meet and what time, and how would we bring clothes, bath items, etc… to the camp area, and is there any more room at the camp area? Please let us know because we aree really interested in this. We were planning on doing it over the thanksgiving break. So we are looking forward to do this trip with you guys.
Thank you so much.
Richard, Your stays will be limited to the south side or north side; there are no motels that we would recommend in Belle Glade, Pahokee or Moorehaven. Stay in Clewiston, or Okeechobee; the Pahokee marina has new cabins for rent, though car safety there is a factor.
A few towns along the way (Moorehaven, 441 near Taylor Creek, Lakeport, have fishing cabins for rent – I don’t really recommend them.
Campers can camp there, though, and in Okeechobee at the very huge KOA campground.
Okeechobee is the biggest of the lake cities with major stores (Walmart, grocery stores, plenty of gas stations, etc.) Clewiston has a Walmart and a few banks, but it’s more limited. There’s nothing in South Bay to speak of, nothing in Pahokee and only the locks at the dike in Port Mayaca. Food and gas are in Indiantown or Okeechobee if you choose to launch from Port Mayaca.
There’s a newer Holiday Inn Express on 441 in Okeechobee that might be good for your group; call and see if they’d offer you a group rate. It’s on the north side. There are a number of other known spots, the Flamingo – old fashioned but OK, and Pier II, the Travelodge, a Best Western.
The historic Seminole Inn in Indiantown is nice and has pretty good food, too. (Sunday Brunch is super!).
Know that most of the area around the lake is geared to fishermen and hunters; some travelers in Clewiston, but many more go a little further to La Belle and stay, or just come over to the coast.
Hope this helps.
On the south side, there’s Roland Martin’s Marina – it has a motel with it (have never been inside). They do groups all the time and could accommodate you. The historic Clewiston Inn is there, and there’s a Best Western.
Campers can camp at Okeetantie on the north side, or South Bay RV park on the southeast rim.
See my post here about the ride we did in july…There is a great place to stay in Pahoke. It is a KOA campground and it has an a very good bar and restruant with an awesome view of the lake and the marina. It is right up on the rim. They have kamping cabins there and each cabin is on the lake and has a screened in porch so you can sit out in the evening with a beer bug free.. I agree about not staying in the main town of Pahoke but in the morning we had breakfast in the local cafe right near the street that goes to the KOA and it was good good food…
Thank you guys for responding quickly. I did not get notified of a response that is why I am delayed in getting back to you.
Ken- I would love to ride with you guys in November but the date is already set for our ride. Thanks for the invite.
Jan- Thanks for your info. I will take this info and do a little planning.
If I have any questions I will be sure to let you guys know. Thanks again!
BREAKING NEWS….SEPTUGARIONS ATTACK THE L.O.S.T IN 100 DEGREE HEAT…
For my 70th birthday my riding buddy Harry (age71)and myself decided to ride around Lake O 3rd week this July.. what a great ride. I did a 100 miler 2 months after I started riding so needed to do something interesting for my birthday ride. This was for sure a good choice.
We totaled 120 miles doing 85 miles the first day and finishing the rest the next morning. It was hotter then an blazes at times. The heat index was around 105 that day and at times it felt like I was breathing in an oven. I must have drank at least 2 glasses of water to stay hydrated.ha ha
Still in all it was a great experience. We started at the dike at Okeechobee and rode west and then down onto route 78 down to Moorhead where we picked up the dike again. Stopped in clewiston at roland Martins for lunch…(great place) and continued to Pahoke. Really HOT!!!!.
We stayed the night at the KOA right on the lake at Pahoke. We stayed in one of their kamping cabins. It had a nice view of the lake. Also at the KOA is a great bar and restruant with a very scenic view. If you stay there for sure you will need to call ahead for reservations. If you want to see pictures or need more details, feel free to email me… Not bad for a couple of 70 year olds ehh!!!!
A tip of my helmet to you.
I discovered a long time ago that I’ll have a better chance of seeing 71 if I don’t ride in those temps. My radiator doesn’t work as efficiently as it once did.
I heartily salute you and your buddy, Gibbster! The only time I ride Lake O in summer is dead of night and even then – hoo, baby! It’s so bloody hot up there… glad you had a good experience and didn’t die from dehydration or mosquito abduction.
I had heard the new cabins at Pahokee were really nice – hippie friends actually honeymooned there. Pets are allowed, though of course, no bike riders would likely have a pet along…but maybe a spouse riding sag might, so it’s something to know. The cafe nearby in town is terrific – I know the owner (heard she was trying to sell…) Heard the KOA bar was good for a brew at sunset. I’ll definitely check it out.
I like the tiki bar for nibbles at Roland Martin’s Marina, though there are great Cuban and Mexican plates to be had nearby at little cantinas in Clewiston, too. Everytime we find something to recommend, however, it closes up or changes hands.
I’ll have to get out there soon now that the weather is changing for the bearable, and photograph much of what we are talking about. I’ve been too long off the bike.
Ken is back in Missouri celebrating his mom’s 90th birthday presently. (You can read his exploits at his other blog, http://www.capecentralhigh.com) Maybe when he gets back, I can coax him into doing a day trip around the Lake and shooting things so you all can see what we’re talking about. I’ve wanted to work with Ken to put up a proper, thorough guide to the L.O.S.T. for all of you. This seems to be the only place for info for cyclists to refer to. Of course, we’re happy to share info here, too.
One road/ride that Ken doesn’t mention is one of my favorites that we did all the time before we began riding the dike proper. We rode from SR 76 out of Indiantown to Port Mayacca and then north up 441 to Taylor Creek, then turned around and went back. I don’t much like 441 in cane harvest season – cane truckers know no speed limits. And there was the Little Debbie truck vs Ken incident, which takes a whole long blog post to tell. But the ride along 76 is way cool. You pass a train trestle that’s still mechanically operated by a guy who mans the booth. You pass the cemetery where victims of the Hurricane of ’26 are buried and its historical marker. You pass the huge hunting preserve. The road is a 10 mile spit from Indiantown (good cafes and Mexican food) to 441. I keep saying I’m going to take it north to Stuart one of these days as it follows the St. Lucie Canal, but never get around to it.
Check it up again about that side of the LOST you are planning to begin with the two days ride this month, because last week I went riding from Clewiston to Belle Glade and stopped where the paved road ends. There were doing some work and when I asked a guy told me that further north in direction to Okeechobee they were doing some big work adding dirt and so on the dike or improving it. Actually building a piece of dike all the way to that part where it does not exist.
I asked if they finally planned to build the whole dike around the lake and then also pave the whole lake so you do not have to get out into the traffic and they told me that that was the main idea and that is why they were trying first to connect the whole dike even though it could take some time.
Actually with the state of the finances of all counties around here and in general unemployment (Clewiston-Hendry has 18.8%, the biggest in Florida) , etc, I doubt that we are going to see soon the whole lake with a paved road.
hi there, lots of good info on your site! We want to ride the LOST in 2 days after Thanksgiving (no shopping for us)! We are staying at Uncle Joes Fish Camp near Moore Haven so in your opinion what would be a good point to end on the first day? We are hoping for light winds but it obviously doesn’t matter which way we ride (clockwise or counter) since we will get a headwind at some point in the day but if there is any other reason you can think of to head in either direction, let me know your opinion on that too! Thanks a bunch!
Your two best options for clean rooms around Lake Okeechobee are Clewiston and Okeechobee. Here’s a link where I discuss some lodging options (and one to avoid, if you are like my wife).
I would let wind direction dictate which direction I started out. Unless you plan to ride the unpaved portion of the dike, you’re going to be on the road from Moore Haven to Okeetanta on the west side. If there’s a possibility of a stong headwind, I’d pick that route. You won’t catch nearly so much wind as if you are 35 feet above the surrounding terrain. There’s good shoulder and light traffic along that stretch, so don’t worry about riding the road.
It depends how long you will want to spend looking around—as there are a couple of Flee Markets in Okeechobee. From Uncle Joes Fish Camp, which is at the same time close to Clewiston, you still will ride like half an hour toward Moore Haven, and then you can get out from the dike until Okeechobee where the Trail is back a human paved one. Maybe, as you have two days for your plans you would like to stay in Okeechobee, or a little bit further, so the next day you do not have to ride that much.
Here others can tell you better, actually I’ve never had ridden beyond Moore Haven (I mean biking). I am planning to do the whole Lake in one day in the future as I live in Clewiston, but so far I had only done two sides directions. From Clewiston to Moore Haven (northwest), and from Clewiston to Belle Glade (northeast). In fact I do both every week, and it is part of a ‘training’ to later do the whole Lake calmly, while counting the clouds.
I’m sure some guys here can advice you around the north part of the Lake.
Have a fun riding
I just did my second Tour de Okeechobee three weekends ago. I only see one itinerary. Start in Okeechobee, bike clockwise, lunch in Pahokee, sleep in Clewiston or Moor Haven (depending the time you arrive), then back to Okeechobee the next day, either by road or the trail, but the trail there is very rough.
@Monica: You’re going to be in an odd place for starting off that won’t get you half way around or even close if you stay in decent spots. But another place to consider for good lodging is Pahokee – its cabins at the marina are quite nice, actually (modern and only 2 years old, I think). It would make for a long ride in either direction, however – and if you hit that brutal wind on the dike, well, it’s a VERY long haul. Getting to Okeechobee might be your best bet – there are several options for rooms there to explore. Ken and I haven’t been in a while overnighting it, so can’t speak for some new spots that have opened up on the north side. (If you ride into town up 441 to SR 70 there are a couple of new motels to the east.) Clewiston Inn or Roland’s Marina motel are Ok in Clewiston – there’s an RV park if you’re into camping at South Bay, too, that’s pretty nice. Okeetantie for campers north of Moorehaven is terrific and has a good restaurant; call and see if they have rooms, too – they may now. There are several small little fish campy motels on 441 on the north rim, but some are um…iffy (if you’re funny about motels – and I am). I’ll contact our friend Hilary and see if she’ll shoot photos of some of them and check them out so you get an idea. Doubt I’ll get there before your Thanksgiving ride to do it myself – but Steinhoff and I plan to actually document this ride with photos all around and check out lodging and eats. One of these days!
I was randomly searching the web for information on biking the Lake O trail and found your blog. Great stuff (and the writing is very amusing)! Definitely helpful in my research prepping for a circumnavigation next fall. [prep began this weekend on by making multiple recon stops along the lake on the way down to and back from from Miami)
You’re picking a great time to ride it if the wind is blowing in your favor.
Ken, I live in Okeechobee on the Rim Canal. When I first decided I wanted to ride I got a cruiser. I quickly decided that wasn’t what I wanted. I ride the LOST in Okeechobee alot (but only in Okeechobee) and would love to do the annual bike rides that go on. My problem is that I am not sure whether to get a road bike, a mountain bike, or a hybrid. I know some parts of the LOST are unpaved, and I’m thinking that a road bike wouldn’t be able to handle that terrain. A mountain bike is so heavy though. I was thinking that a hybrid would be a better choice. I would love to have your opinion.
If you like being beaten to death, get a mountain bike and ride the unpaved portions of the dike. (OK, I’m a wimp. If you have the right bike and the right attitude, it CAN be fun. So I’m told.) I did a short portion of the unpaved dike on my Surly Long Haul Trucker touring bike. I hated it. A regular off-road rider on an identical bike and less pressure in her tires had a good experience.
Me? When I come to an unpaved section, I drop down on the road. There are good shoulders all the way around the lake. I’d opt for a road bike, but it depends on what other kinds of riding you want to do.
Its Ken from pbp/it. I have gotten into biking and thought I might try part of the okeechobee trail and came accross your site. I have a hybrid/mountain bike given to me as a gift. I had a couple of questions. 1) how is Mary doing. You don’t have to get specific but just wondering if shes okay. 2) where is the best / safest place to park around Port Mayaca? Is it safe to leave your car for a couple of hours? Thanks, Ken
tried to ride east from Moore Haven today, was told by flagman trail was closed for 2 years. anyone know where closures are? had hope to ride the circle on 3-1-12.
Do you mean towards Clewiston?
For two years?
That should be something new we did not know (I live in the area).
Northeast toward Okeechobee – or Southeast to Clewiston?
A reader sent me a press release about closures on the dike, but I managed to misplace it. I’m going for a ride tonight, so it’ll be tomorrow before I can track it down.
I hate to hear that the Clewiston to Moore Haven stretch could be closed. I think that’s the prettiest part of the ride. You could drop down to US 27, but better take a long a spare tube or two. I’ve had more flats on 27 than anywhere else. It’s the little pieces from truck steel-belted tires that go right through your tires.
hoping to plan longer ride next week. closures on east side? runkeeper as pictures of fence at uncle joe,s fish camp
Anybody know which sections are still open to ride and which sections are closed because of Dike construction. Heard basically everything from Belle Glade up to Port Mayaca is off limits right now.
Sorry for not getting back with folks sooner. Have been busy, then had a crash last weekend. Here are two press release from the Core of Engineers:
Corps closes sections of Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail
January 13, 2012
“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed two sections of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail while maintenance and rehabilitation work continues on the Herbert Hoover Dike.”
The section between Uncle Joe’s Fish Camp/Liberty Point and Alvin Ward Park/Moore Haven East are closed while culverts 1 & 1A are replaced. Additionally, the Belle Glade to Port Mayaca section remains closed while dike rehabilitation activities are ongoing.
Here is a link to the press release.
Corps temporarily closes Port Mayaca South Recreation Area
February 10, 2012
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today announced it has temporarily closed the Port Mayaca South Recreation Area at Lake Okeechobee due to ongoing construction associated with the rehabilitation of Herbert
The recreation area is expected to remain closed for more than a year, until the summer of 2013, while soil that is being staged from rehabilitation activities in the area is removed. Contractors are using heavy construction vehicles to move the material. Any additional traffic in this area poses a safety hazard for visitors and equipment operators. In addition, foot traffic is not permitted due to the unevenness of the terrain.
“We want to ensure construction workers can complete this project in a safe manner,” said Ingrid Bon, forward Project Manager for Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation. “Closing this recreation area on a temporary basis reduces the possibility of an accident involving a member of the general public.”
The Port Mayaca South Recreation Area offers bank fishing and an overlook of the Lake and Lock Structures. Visitors seeking alternate locations of similar facilities are encouraged to use the Port Mayaca North Recreation Area, Paul Rardin Park, or the Torry Island Recreation Area.”
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