Manatees of the Ocklawaha River, Florida

Manatees of the Ocklawaha River, Florida

An Information, Opinion, & Sources Report
Compiled by "Ocklawahaman" Paul Nosca

With the assistance of Captain Erika Ritter & Karen Ahlers

Photos by Captain Erika Ritter & "Ocklawahaman" Paul Nosca
Revised: 07 March 2013 In order for them to migrate upstream on the Ocklawaha River, manatees have to enter Rodman Reservoir via the Cross Florida Barge Canal through the Henry H. Buckman Lock which reopened for navigational & "manatee safe" passage in 2005. Florida Department of Environmental Protection lock tender employees at Buckman reportedly record both "in" & "out" the amount of migrating manatee individuals during the year. It could be presumed that manatees might traverse the Cross Florida Barge Canal anytime that the water temperature is maybe 72 degrees F or warmer. NOTE: Daily & recent water temperatures of the St. Johns River just downstream of the mouth of the Cross Florida Barge Canal (which leads to the Buckman Lock) can be read at the webpage of the "USGS 02244040 ST. JOHNS R AT BUFFALO BLUFF NEAR SATSUMA, FL" stream-flow gage:
You may have to enter a new "Begin date" & "End date" at that webpage!

All for now,

Paul R. Nosca
Data Processing Administrator - SES (Retired),
Florida Department of Financial Services
& Veteran, Finance Corps, U.S. Army

The canoeing "Ocklawahaman"

“Ocklawahaman” Paul Nosca, who strives for accuracy and honesty, worships zealously a more natural Ocklawaha River Valley that includes the restoration of the 56 river miles from Silver Springs to the St. Johns as a free-flowing stream. He is a member of NO environmental organization but volunteers his Ocklawaha experience, observations, research, & sources to groups that share his zeal for this old “crooked river”. “Ocklawahaman” has fished, hunted, & explored the Florida outdoors since 1962. More of his outdoor time has been spent in the Ocklawaha River Basin than anywhere else. "There are lake fishermen, and there are river fishermen, and seldom do the twain agree!" - Author unknown.