Cross the Okeechobee Waterway with Shurhold!

Join Team Shurhold as we cross the center of Florida along the Okeechobee Waterway and traverse the complex system of locks to get from Ft. Myers to Stuart, Florida! 

Before you attempt this journey yourself, make sure you have all the required safety gear and equipment you'll need to cross the state. You should have all of the following gear onboard the boat before you leave the dock:

  • At least two fenders appropriately sized for your boat
  • A crew of at least 2 people
  • VHF Radio
  • Life Jackets for all persons onboard
  • A Safety Knife
  • Gloves (These are optional)


The journey is fairly straightforward, but you need to understand the proper procedure for navigating the locks themselves. Start by making radio contact with the Lockmaster using channel 13. From there, you will listen to the Lockmasters instructions and follow them exactly.

Make sure your fenders are deployed on the appropriate side of the boat to bring the boat alongside the lock wall. Grab the lines of the lock wall, one for the bow and one for the stern. Use the lines to control the boat as the water level rises or falls by keeping the boat tight to the locking wall. Wait for the all clear from the Lockmaster before proceeding. Above all, be safe and have fun!

Until next, Shurhold is here to keep your boat Clean-N-Simple!