Moss Bluff closes to navigational access for repairs

An earlier project removed the gate doors, allowing crews to resurface the structure’s concrete.

An earlier project removed the gate doors, allowing crews to resurface the structure’s concrete.

MAITLAND, Fla., Oct. 20, 2017 — The Moss Bluff Lock is closed to boat traffic until further notice. The lock was scheduled for maintenance in September but Hurricane Irma delayed that work.

During the closure, the scheduled maintenance on slide-gates (which control water level within the lock) will be completed, as well as any hurricane damage repairs as needed. Signs are posted in the area to alert boaters of the temporary suspensions. County boat ramps located upstream and downstream of Moss Bluff remain open and available for use.

The district operates three locks and dams in its 18-county service area to help manage lake levels. Located in Marion County on the edge of the Ocala National Forest, the Moss Bluff Lock and Dam was reconstructed in 1968 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assist with flood control as well as the passage of boats along the Ocklawaha River.