District locks and dams

Pontoon boat using a navigational lock on the Ocklawaha River

Recreational boaters visiting the Upper Ocklawaha River Basin may encounter a navigational lock. The locks are used to move boats through water bodies of different elevations.

There are three locks within the district: Moss Bluff Lock on the Ocklawaha River, Apopka-Beauclair Lock on the Apopka-Beauclair Canal and the Burrell Lock on Haynes Creek.

Each lock has specific hours of operation and may occasionally be closed for needed repairs. Lock attendants are present during operating hours to help boaters safely navigate through the lock.

Upper Ocklawaha River map

Burrell Lock closure

The Burrell Lock will be closed beginning June 3, 2024, through the end of December 2024. The Burrell Lock, located on Haynes Creek, between Lake Griffin and Lake Eustis in Lake County, is closing for major rehabilitation and upgrades. Please address questions to the District’s Lock Tending Project Manager at 386-643-1160.

Summer months (Feb. 16-Oct.14) Winter months (Oct. 15-Feb. 15)
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lock chamber dimensions Width Length
Apopka-Beauclair 15 ft. 60 ft.
Burrell 28 ft. 66 ft.
Moss Bluff 30 ft. 139 ft.
For more information about the district’s navigational locks, contact:
Project Manager 386-643-1160