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Alligator hunting resumes on most of Kissimmee River; navigation remains closed from S-65E lock south

News Release

Friday, August 31, 2012

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3200; Carli Segelson, 561-882-5703

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has reopened the Kissimmee River and all boat ramps leading to it from the S-65 water control structure at SR 60, south to the S-65E water-control structure about 7 miles north of Lake Okeechobee. However, the S-65E lock and the river south of the lock remain closed to navigation for public safety reasons, due to dangerous currents caused by discharging floodwater.

Hunters using the KICCO Wildlife Management Area may now access the area from the Kissimmee River. Portions of the Kissimmee Public Use Area (PUA) lying north of the S-65E structure are accessible by boat. Boating access to the portion of the PUA south of S-65E (Paradise Run) is closed.  

For more information about closings and reopenings affecting FWC-managed areas and FWC offices, go to and select “Open/Closed Status.” You can also check for additional information and updates regarding access to the Kissimmee River.

FWC Facts:
Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 operating a vessel powered by 10 hp or more must pass an approved boater safety course and carry a photo ID & FWC-issued boating safety card.

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