C-54 Canal reopens for recreation

The C-54 Canal at the Brevard-Indian River county border has reopened now that the gates are closed.

The C-54 Canal at the Brevard-Indian River county border has reopened now that the gates are closed.

District properties continue opening to the public following Hurricane Irma

PALM BAY, Fla., Sept. 26, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District has reopened the C-54 Canal to recreation now that the water control structures at either end of the 11-mile-long canal are closed.

The district diverted water through the C-54 Canal starting Sept. 11 and closed the canal’s water control structures Monday once water reached desired levels in the Upper St. Johns River Basin Project. The releases were conducted to reduce the amount of water flowing north in the St. Johns River.

In addition, the district has also reopened Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area and its Public Small Game Hunting Area.

The opening of the C-54 property and Ocklawaha Prairie are the latest of 40 district properties that have reopened following Hurricane Irma’s impact two weeks ago. The district continues to assess damage from Hurricane Irma and make repairs to its public lands with a goal to reopen the properties for recreational uses as soon as it is safe to do so.

Visit www.sjrwmd.com/lands/recreation/announcements to see a list of all properties that are open.