The Pinopolis Navigational Lock on Lake Moultrie at Jefferies Hydroelectric Station will be out of service from Monday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Nov. 8, for planned maintenance. Winter hours begin on Monday, Nov. 9, and the lock will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or 30 minutes before sunset, whichever is earlier).
Please remember the lock system does not operate during inclement weather or rough water conditions. All parties are encouraged to call in advance. The telephone number is 843-899-LOCK (5625).
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The concrete and steel structure has held back the waters of Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie since the 1940s.
Recreational boaters use the lock often. From the Tailrace Canal, massive steel gates 80 feet high slowly open to allow boats to enter into the concrete box, 180 feet long and 60 feet wide.
Santee Cooper officials said they want to remind boaters the lock does not operate during thunderstorms or rough-water conditions. Boats or watercraft must be at least 10 feet in length and no longer than 150 feet. Watercraft, such as Jet Skis, must be tied to boats during the lock operation.
Normally a dozen 16-foot boats can fit at one time. Santee Cooper officials say it is important keep the hours of operation in mind because the locking procedure takes between 20 and 45 minutes to complete, depending on the crowd.
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