St. Lucie Lock and Dam

St. Lucie Lock and Dam, Stuart: Address, Phone Number, St. Lucie Lock and Dam Reviews: 4.5/5

St. Lucie Lock and Dam
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scp427
Buffalo, NY411 contributions
Great campsites!
Feb 2021 • Couples
We spent 8 nights here in a waterfront spot with our 5th wheel. This place is amazing. Only 9 rv spots but all are great. The sites have water & electric & there’s a dump station. It’s a real quiet place. Interesting to watch the boats that go through the locks pass by. We spotted gators & wild pigs across the water. The neighbor told me he saw a crocodile. There’s a path that runs along the canal that we rode our bikes on. We also biked around the neighborhood. It’s a nice quiet safe feeling area. Phibbs park is just down the canal & we biked all over there too. There’s other rv spots over there but not as nice as the recreation.gov sites. We found a great farmers market nearby called ediths. And we drove to Huntington island to explore the beaches. We will definitely return here.
Written February 6, 2021
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cat momma
Titusville, FL527 contributions
Facinating!
Jun 2020
If you get the chance...go here to watch the boats go through the locks. Plus a very good (and free) museum that portrays the history and use of the lock.
Written June 14, 2020
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ede2411
Stuart, FL99 contributions
Really close to Stuart, Very cool stories in the Visitor Center
Feb 2020
Always love locks, fascinated by the engineering. These are very close to Stuart, takes about 15 minutes from downtown. The visitor center is worth a visit, on top of watching boats go through. You can say what you want, but Lake Okeechobee and the 5 canals to the east and 1 to the west transformed the interior of Florida. Not necessarily for the best, since it did major damage to the Everglades and now contributes to the destruction of estuaries and growth of algae blooms.
Written February 25, 2020
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mike m
Winter Garden, FL33 contributions
Great Place to Watch a Variety of Boats Use the Locks System
Feb 2019
We came to the St. Lucie Lock & Dam w/ another couple who has been here before. I was absolutely fascinated as to how the boats come into a lock.
The boat come in @ a lower water level, the lock closes, and then the locks fills up w/ water to raise the water level so that the boat can easily continue on its journey.
This is something that children would love to see as well as adults. There is no cost & you are able to walk all around the area. The Core of Engineer Campground is right next to this & we checked it out since we are also RVers.
This is a great day trip to pack a lunch. You can sit & watch all kinds of boats go through the lock system. I would recommend this experience to the young & old @ heart. Great learning experience!
Written January 17, 2020
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Richard S
9 contributions
Crossing Florida by boat
Oct 2019 • Family
Great crossing boys enjoyed the smooth water. Locks where really cool saw manatees and a alligator. Lots of wildlife along the way. Took 7 hours to go from stuart side to west Captiva
Written October 25, 2019
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Karin N
Boca Raton87 contributions
Interesting
Sep 2019
I was there just as they closed the locks and started filling it with water. What a great experience!
Written October 8, 2019
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Dave C
Stuart, FL103 contributions
I pass through a few times a year
May 2019
The Corps of Engineers and staff at this location are awesome. Not much to say... they do their job. They always are helpful. Safety is on a rise and last few time staff required anyone on deck to be wearing a life jacket ( PFD). Not bad idea but new requirement noticed last two years
Written July 17, 2019
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Nativewood
Stuart, FL87 contributions
Great for Children and Adults alike
May 2019 • Friends
While there are only a few RV sites here, if you are into RV camping there is a newly renovated RV park with 18 sites within walking distance of the locks in what is called Phipps Park. The park has just about anything you could want. It is maintained and operated by Martin County Parks and Recreation, and it sits along the Okeechobee Waterway and is a 55-acre conservation and campground area. Phipps Park has traditional campsites with picnic tables and fire rings as well as 18 RV sites with electric, water and a dump station.

Phipps Park Campground provides great opportunity to enjoy fresh and/or saltwater fishing and is open year round with a boat ramp. Campers can enjoy the water-front view that most of the sites provide.

AMENITIES:
24 Electric sites with 50amp service and water hookup
35 Primitive sites
All sites equipped with picnic table & fire ring
Fishing Pier
Boat ramp
Overnight dockage
Playground
Restrooms and hot water showers
Laundry facilities
Picnic pavilions
Waterfront boardwalks and pathways
Florida wildlife
There is a 90-Day Limit RV Camping and 30-Day Limit Tent Camping per County Fiscal Year (October 1 - September 30).

The campground has limited water/electric hook ups available upon reservation. The front gate opens at 6:00 a.m. and closes at 7:30 p.m. Campers are provided a gate code to enter and exit the park after hours.
Written July 16, 2019
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Traveler
712 contributions
COE knows how to do campgrounds
Jun 2019 • Couples
We have visited COE (Corp of Engineers) campgrounds before and all have been excellent. This is a small, only 9 RV sites, but an excellent layout right on the water. The grounds are kept in excellent condition. Whomever laid this out - was clearly thinking about large RV's. Concrete pads, fire pits, covered picnic table, etc. It is very quiet and peaceful - yet only minutes from shopping, restaurants, etc. With the Senior Pass - only $15 per night. Very good water pressure and 50 amp power. Dump station is easily accessible. Over 50 stations available with OTA antenna.
Written June 10, 2019
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Linda V
16 contributions
Good place for family picnic
Feb 2019 • Family
This is a nice place for family picnic and there is a green pasture for kids to run. Probably because I have been to many locks in US and England, the lock is just another lock. But if you,be never seen a lock, it is definitely interesting! I personally enjoyed the scenery and land around the lock the most.
Written February 23, 2019
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