They may be closed due to road construction I am not sure on that.
We were a few months ago and both ramps were open. To get to the downstream ramp below the lock you had to pass a sign that said DO NOT ENTER CONSTRUCTION AREA but there was no gate or other blockage. Lots of kicker fishermen were parked there using that ramp.
It looked like they had just planted grass seed - a sign that that southern part of the construction was nearing completion.
I'd more like to just go thru the lock and do a quick peek around the south river, then back thru. But as I said before - NOT IF THERE IS CURRENT OR OTHER DANGER. Mainly for memories I have as a kid when we went thru the locks at Sault Saint Marie Michigan where the big iron ore freighters (Edmund Fitzgerald type) go thru to get out of lake Superior. It is a fond memory going thru those locks and I've only been thru the lock they have at port Canaveral since. It's out of curiousity and reminscing that I want to go thru the lock at Kissimmee. But it'd be a huge waste of time if they only allow one boat at a time. So I can do it someday when we're alone if it's safe to do it in an airboat.
The other points, polluted waters & shady Oaks are also stops I'm excited to take part of.
Jusst curious Thunder - Why is poluted waters so interesting to you? And why do they call it polluted waters? That's an odd name for a big natural place like Lake K. Is there some historical info tidbit that is behind it? Steamship wrecked there 100 years ago?