VERY IMPORTANT – Extreme AICW Shoaling at Northeastern Entrance to Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff, AICW Statute Mile 516, 6/29/2013
Note Soundings to the West of Left Pointing Red Arrow
Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position on the Northeastern Tip of the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, Near Marker #177
Thank you Claiborne. I have followed up with the Charleston District and the message you heard was correct. This area along with Breach Inlet are priority areas for maintenance, but there are no funds currently available for these efforts. If funds were to become available, it would be through a supplemental or emergency appropriations bill. Some of our board members and I will be meeting with representatives of Senator Graham and Senator Scott’s staff tomorrow and we will definitely bring these concerns to their attention. I will let you know of any additional feedback I receive on this topic.
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association
Sir, in response to your call for feedback from cruisers who recently traversed the Ashepoo Coosaw cutoff:
On Monday, 24 June 2013, I traversed this area southbound at dead low tide. I did not encounter the shoaling your alert mentioned near marker 177, but I stayed wide of that marker.
We passed marker 177 today 8-3-2013 at about half falling tide. The marker was on dry ground. However there was plenty of water ( 15 to 20 ft ) if you take the turn wide. Of a much greater concern was the rest of the cut to marker 185, in some places we only say 5.2 to 5.7 ft under our boat while on plane. I can only imagine there is very little water in this cut at full low tide. Be very cautious when transiting this area.
We passed marker 177 northbound around June 1st of this year at near mid-tide. I had noticed a shoal off 177 before at low tide so our strategy was to `square the corner’. By this I mean we continued into Rock Creek unitl mid-stream before turning starboard and we would continue at the middle of Rock Creek when southbound until turning to port only when we are centered at the Ashepoo-cut off Canal. ‘˜best of luck, Aythya crew
CAVALIER cruised the AICW north past markers 177 and 185 on 23 June 2013 about 2 hours past high tide. We draw 5 feet and at no time saw less than 7 feet at both areas. We stuck to the center of the channel. No issues.
Jeanne and Terry
Regarding the Marker 177 at Ashepoo cut-off and Rock Creek. I passed this point at medium tide about June 1st of this year without noting a problem. I have seen a shoal off 177 before at low tide and my strategy has been to “square the corner”. By this I mean proceding to the center of Rock Creek before turnng starboard when northbound & proceding to the center of the cut-off canal before truning to port when southbound. Hope the conditions of the waterway are maintained. Thanks for your alerts,
Passed marker 177 southbound yesterday afternoon at low tide. Swinging wide of the marker at about mid- width of the cutoff there was over 20 ft of depth until well past the marker. Much shallower at the western end past #185.