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Ortona Dam - Ortona, Florida, USA
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N 26° 47.317 W 081° 18.240
17R E 469782 N 2963059
Quick Description: Dam located next to the Ortona Lock along the Caloosahatchee Canal between Moore Haven and LaBelle, Florida.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 12/10/2018 7:29:59 AM
Waymark Code: WMZNV8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
When the Okeechobee Waterway/Caloosahatchee Canal was dredged a series of locks and dams were built. The Ortona Dam is part of the Ortona Lock and Dam facility. The lock and dam were constructed in 1937 for navigation purposes. The lock and dam were built to replace a previous lock built in 1912. This dam is located near the former Caloosahatchee Rapids/Falls.

According to Rae Ann Wessel of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, "water would settle first in Lake Hicopochee, then Lettuce Lake and Bonnet Lake, until it reached, Lake Flirt above the Caloosahatchee valley. At the western end of Lake Flirt a rock formation created a quarter mile of rapids which fed the Caloosahatchee. Below the falls, the Caloosahatchee was a crooked, winding river that slowed the flow and provided natural filtration as the water moved slowly downriver."

Today the lock is used for navigational purposes and the dam is used for flood control. Visitors can cross the dam to get to the lock and the fishing pier just west of the dam. Ample parking is available with restrooms nearby.

The dam is one of five locks and dams managed by the US Army Corp of Engineers. The dam is located 15.5 miles west of the Moore Haven Lock and Dam, and 27.9 miles east of the Franklin Lock and Dam.
Waterway where the dam is located: Okeechobee Waterway/Caloosahatchee Canal

Main use of the Water Dam: Flood Control

Material used in the structure: Concrete

Date built: 1/1/1937

Fishing Allowed: yes

Motor Sports Allowed: no

Height of Dam: Not listed

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