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Chiquita Boat Lock

5808 Cape Harbor Drivepr outdoor boat Chiquita

Cape Coral, FL  33914
pr icon phone 239-542-5661


Please note: Following Hurricane Ian, the gates of the Chiquita Lock remain locked in the open position. The Chiquita Lock is usable at the boaters' discretion. LCEC has deemed the lock red-tagged. The lock gates will remain open for safety reasons until the issues are determined and whether repowering is an option.

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Hours of Operation: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.                     
After Hours: Phone the lock operator at 239-542-5661 one-half hour before usage.
The Lock operator monitors channel 13. 

The Chiquita Boat Lock provides Gulf access from Camelot Canal & Southwest Spreader Waterway into the ICW via the Caloosahatchee River and is located approximately 2.75 statute miles from the Sanibel Causeway Bridge. This boat lock is operated by the Marine Services Division of the Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Department to help manage boat traffic and water levels.

Lock Operators are authorized to engage both doors in the open position when there is a slack tide either at the high or low tide cycle approximately 15-30 minutes before high or low tide and 15-30 minutes after high or low tide. This gives approximately 1.5 hours of access while both doors are open. Keep in mind that this can only be done if the tide cycles are during working hours.  This, however, is at the sole discretion of the Lock Operator based on safety.

In the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster, both doors can be locked with a chain in the open position. Facilities accomplish this, and there will be a lock operator at the lock until the city deems that the conditions are too dangerous per city policy.

Additional Tide Charts are available from the Cape Coral Bridge.