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Explore The Okeechobee Waterway

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By Water 27.169104, -80.257839 (Starting Point)

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166155684_000a0b04ffOkeechobee Waterway or Cross-Florida Waterway, 155 mi (249 km) long, across S Fla., from Stuart on the Atlantic Ocean to Fort Myers on the Gulf of Mexico. Its main segments are the St. Lucie Canal, Lake Okeechobee, Lake Hicpochee, and Caloosahatchee River. The shallow (6 ft/1.8 m) waterway has four locks and is used by small commercial and leisure craft. It is also an outlet for the floodwaters of Lake Okeechobee.

 

 

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Peck Lake’s

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9324510pecklakeBy Water 27.114223, -80.142464

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At one time this area was an inlet. Sand deposits entirely separated the ocean from the Intercoastal Waterway. This created an anchorage on the Intercoastal side.
Boaters can stop, walk a few hundred feet and enjoy a beautiful ocean side beach. Access to this area is exclusive to boaters.
This area can become crowded on weekends.
Camping is not permitted on the beach. However, many people seem to overnight on their boats at the anchorage here.
Boats of all sizes anchor in Peck Lake’s sandy bottom. Be careful of shoaling to the south.
The best approach is to stay in the Intercoastal until you are directly perpendicular to other anchored boats (or the trail marker that takes you to the beach), then head straight in. Again, watch out for shallow water!
Peck Lake, Florida is a terrific destination, particularly for a day trip from the south. Getting there you will pass the Jupiter Lighthouse, Jupiter Island (the wealthiest place in America), Hobe Sound and a natural preserve. The manatee zone between Hobe Sound and Peck Lake seems like it goes on for ever, but the scenery is beautiful

Local Information provided by Rob, of the Palm Beach Boating Guide Photo by Steve Powell

 

Note: Note that sometimes Peck Lake is called Pecks Lake or Peck's Lake. Technically, both Pecks Lake and Peck's Lake are incorrect.  Locals cringe every time they hear "Pecks Lake" or "Peck's Lake."

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St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park

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Screen_shot_2009-11-14_at_8.32.38_PMBy Water 27.150657, -80.164858

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This classic Florida barrier island is accessible only by boat, but it is worth the ride. A boardwalk takes visitors across mangrove forests and hammocks of live oaks, cabbage palms, paradise trees, and wild limes to a neatly preserved Atlantic beach. During the summer months, the island is an important nesting area for loggerhead, leatherback, and green turtles. They come ashore at night to dig holes in the beach sand where they lay their eggs. The preserve is a favorite for nature students interested in learning about the native flora and fauna of Florida barrier islands. Visitors come to swim, sunbathe, or picnic at the pavilion on the quiet beach. Others make the trip for the great surf fishing. Snorkeling and scuba diving are also popular activities. Located at Port Salerno, on the Intracoastal Waterway, 2/3 of a mile south of the inlet.

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On the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway side there is a dock with a great many slips. This part of the Intracoastal Waterway allows for fast speeds, so wakes are an issue at the dock. The facilities are lightly used so there is never a wait for a space. This park is a great winter boating destination. Because of the dock, no one aboard ever has to get wet!<

Watch for shoaling between the dock and the Intracoastal Waterway channel. There is a lot of shallow water in this area. Come out of channel right by the big dock sign that reads "St. Lucie Inlet Preserve Park." You should have no problems with shallow water near this sign or the dock area. On the way back out, be sure to turn into the channel right away. If you go too far west you will hit shoaling (it's especially easy to do at low tide!)

NUDE BEACH: Because of its remote location, a local group says the beach here can easily be used for nude sunbathing. There is no officially designated nude beach.
I have never seen nude sunbathers on the beach near the tram drop off. Families are fine using the beach near the tram drop-off where the photos below were taken. "Natural sunbathers" have been encouraged to use the beach around the bend and a couple of miles south of the tram drop-off.

* Beyond the dock you take a courtesy tram to an incredible beach

Local Information provided by Rob, of the Palm Beach Boating Guide

 

 

 

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