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Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Problem Stretches (Norfolk, VA to Miami, FL)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 04-12-2010

PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!

Below, you will discover our complete listing of what have been reported as the worst problem stretches of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, arranged in a rough, north to south geographic format.
Be sure to click on the links labeled, “Click Here To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About . . . ” to check on the latest input from the cruising community, and, don’t miss the links labeled, “Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View window zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch.” This latter link will bring up a “Chart View” window, zoomed to the location of the problem stretch in question.

Northern Mouth of Alligator River

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-31-2009

Northern Mouth of Alligator River
(Statute Mile 81, North Carolina ICW)

The problem: the charted shoal west of flashing daybeacon #8 has been building farther to the south and east. The markers have been moved accordingly. Some non-updated electronic charts will take you too far west as you approach the gap between #7 and #8.
More recently, the latest edition of chart 11553, as of 10/8/12, shows the infamous magenta line passing west of newly installed marker #8A. DO NOT follow the magenta line, through this stretch, as is often the case along the AICW.

The solution: BE SURE TO PASS MARKER #8A TO ITS EASTERLY SIDE, AND IGNORE THE PLACEMENT OF THE MAGENTA LINE ON CHART 11553, WHICH SHOWS THE LINE PASSING WEST OF THIS AID TO NAVIGATION.
Do NOT blindly follow your chartplotter. WATCH FOR NEW, UNCHARTED AIDS TO NAVIGATION AND CAREFULLY STAY TO THE CORRECT SIDE OF ANY SUCH MARKERS YOU SPOT, BASED ON THEIR COLOR!

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Northern Mouth of the Alligator River

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch

Intersection of AICW and Bogue Inlet

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-30-2009

Intersection of AICW and Bogue Inlet
Statute Mile 227, North Carolina AICW

The Problem: The Waterway channel classically shoals quickly between makers #45 and #46. Fortunately, this “AICW Problem Stretch” was dredged in mid-February, 2014.

The Solution: Now that the early 2014 dredging project is complete, depths should not be a major concern at this intersection, for a few months at least. However, if past history is any judge, shallows will redevelop here. Watch carefully for any new or relocated markers as you pass through this stretch.

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Intersection of AICW and Bogue Inlet!

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

Intersection of AICW and Browns Inlet

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-29-2009

Intersection of AICW and Browns Inlet
Statute Mile 237, North Carolina AICW

The Problem: The AICW waters from the Waterway’s intersection with shallow Browns Inlet to a point just north of the Onslow Bridge, have been shoaling badly for only the last several years. In spite of dredging in 2012, MLW depths in certain sections of this problem stretch have now deteriorated to less than 3 feet at MLW!

The Solution: It is now all but mandatory to cruise this section of the AICW at mid to (preferably) high tide

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Intersection of AICW and Browns Inlet!

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

Intersection of AICW, New River and New River Inlet

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-28-2009

Intersection of AICW, New River and New River Inlet
(Statute Mile 246, North Carolina ICW)

The Problem: Even though this problem stretch was dredged in late 2012, as of May, 2013, shoaling is beginning to reappear at the four way intersection with New River and New River Inlet, in the vicinity of markers #72A and #72B.

The Solution: For the moment, favor the “red” (northern) side of the AICW channel between markers #72A and #72B. Watch for relocated markers or temporary, uncharted markers placed to warn of new encroachments by the surrounding shallows. Captains piloting vessels which draw more than 5 feet would be wise to time their passage for mid to high tide.

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying the Intersection of AICW, New River and New River Inlet

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

Intersection of AICW and Carolina Beach Inlet

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-27-2009

Intersection of AICW and Carolina Beach Inlet
(Statute Mile 293.5, North Carolina ICW)

The Problem: This AICW Problem Stretch is being dredged in May of 2013.

The Solution: Upon completion of the May, 2013 dredging project, depths should not be an undue concern at this intersection until shoaling begins to reappear, which it inevitably will! Watch for notices here on the Cruisers’ Net, and be on the alert for any new, temporary markers placed to warn of encroaching shallows.

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Intersection of AICW and Carolina Beach Inlet

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

Intersection of AICW and Lockwoods Folly Inlet

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-27-2009

Intersection of AICW and Lockwoods Folly Inlet
(Statute Mile 321, North Carolina ICW)

The Problem: This problem stretch was dredged in February of 2014.

The Solution: Now that the early 2014 dredging project is complete, depths should not be a major concern at this intersection, for a few months at least. However, if past history is any judge, shallows will redevelop here. Watch carefully for any new or relocated markers as you pass through this stretch.

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Intersection of AICW and Lockwoods Folly Inlet

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

Intersection of ICW and Shallotte Inlet

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-25-2009

Intersection of ICW and Shallotte Inlet
(Statute Mile 330, North Carolina ICW)

The ProblemThis problem stretch is slated for dredging in mid-March, 2014.

The SolutionOnce the March, 2014 dredging project is complete, depths should not be a major concern at this intersection, for a few months at least. However, if past history is any judge, shallows will redevelop here. Watch carefully for any new or relocated markers as you pass through this stretch.

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Intersection of ICW and Shallotte Inlet

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

AICW Channel South of McClellanville, SC to Awendaw Creek

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-23-2009

AICW Channel Between McClellanville and Statute Mile 430
(Statute Mile 430 to 435, South Carolina ICW)

The Problemover the past two years (at least), we have received numerous reports of shallow depths in the AICW channel, moving south from an intersection with Jeremy Creek and McClellanville to Statute Mile 435, near Awendaw Creek. Reported sounding have ranged from 5 feet to grounding depths, and these shallows still seem to be as much of a problem as ever, as of August, 2012

The SolutionTransit this section of the AICW with maximum caution, and stick strictly to the middle of the channel. Be careful not to cut any corners, nor encroach on the channel’s edge. Try to time your passage through this section for mid to high tide

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the AICW Channel South of McClellanville, SC to Awendaw Creek

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-23-2009

AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge
(Statute Mile 460, South Carolina ICW)The problem: The AICW is shoaling badly along its southern and southeastern flank between the Ben Sawyer and Isle of Palms Bridges. MLW depths of as little as .2 feet have been noted by an official October, 201e US Army Corps of Engineers survey, and even the somewhat deeper northern tier of the channel carries only a little better than 4 feet at MLLW!

The solution: BE SURE to time your passage through this section of the AICW for mid to high tide. Beginning about .4 of a nautical miles northeast of marker #117A,and continuing south and southwest to marker 119, favor the northern side of the Waterway channel, but don’t approach this shoreline too closely either. Proceed at maximum caution, and keep an eagle eye on the sounder

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch

Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-23-2009

Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff Into Coosaw River
(Statute Mile 517, South Carolina ICW)

The Problemthis stretch of the Waterway was last dredged in November – December, 2008. As of August, 2013 severe shoaling lies along this canal’s southwestern mouth, markers #180 and #185. Some dead low water depths of 4 feet will be encountered between these two aids to navigation.
And, for the firs time, as of August, 2013, severe shoaling has also been reported hard by the Ashpoo – Coosaw Cutoff’s northeastern mouth, near marker #177!

The SolutionTime your passage through this section for mid to high tide.
As you cruise through the northeastern entrance to the Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff, do NOT approach marker #177 closely. Favor the northern side of the channel somewhat as you pass #177.
When navigating the Cutoff’s southwesterly mouth, try slightly favoring the northwestern side of the channel between markers #184 and #185.

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff Into Coosaw River

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

Intersection of Wright River and Northern Fields Cut

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-21-2009

Intersection of Wright River and Northern Fields Cut
Statute Mile 574, South Carolina AICW

The Problem: The intersection of northern Fields Cut and Wright River was dredged in early January, 2010, but as of April, 2013, shoaling has reappeared at this intersection!

The Solution: Time your passage for this section of the Waterway for mid to high tide! Between the northern mouth of Fields Cut, and marker #48, favor the southeastern and southern side of the channel.

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Intersection of Wright River and Northern Fields Cut

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

Fields Cut

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-16-2009

Fields Cut
(Statute Mile 575, South Carolina ICW)

The Problem: Severe shoaling has shelved out from the southern and southeastern banks, just north of the Fields Cut/ICW’s intersection with Savannah River

The Solution: Favor the northern and northwestern banks as you cruise south and round the last turn to the south, north of Savannah River.

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Fields Cut area

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

Hell Gate

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-15-2009

Hell Gate
(Statute Mile 602, Georgia ICW)

The Problem: Hell Gate was dredged during the summer of 2009, and for a time all was well. HOWEVER, reports starting in May, 2009 and running through the fall of 2013, indicate that shoaling has reappeared here, particularly along the edges of the channel. One reports places depths near marker #87 as little as 4 1/2 feet, but most report MLW soundings of around 5 feet. Undoubtedly, without dredging, things will continue to deteriorate as time progresses!

The Solution: Time your passage through Hell Gate for mid to high tide

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Hell Gate area

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

Little Mud River

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-14-2009

Little Mud River
(Statute Mile 655, Georgia ICW)

The Problem: The Little Mud River section of the ICW, particularly the section just north of the Waterway’s intersection with Altamaha Sound, is universally considered to be the WORST single stretch of the AICW, and this assessment is till very much the case as of August, 2012

The Solution:Time your passage through Little Mud River for high tide – NO FOOLING!

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Little Mud River area

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

Jekyll Creek

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-13-2009

Jekyll Creek
(Statute Mile 683, Georgia ICW)

The Problem: Shoaling continues to plague the AICW channel as of summer, 2013 north of the Jekyll Island bridge near marker #19

The Solution: Be sure to pass NO MORE than 20 or 30 feet west of marker #19!!! We also advise traversing this section of the Waterway at mid to high tide.

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About Jekyll Creek

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Page Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

AICW Channel Through Cumberland Dividings

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-13-2009

AICW Channel Through Cumberland Dividings
Statute Mile 704, Georgia AICW

The Problem: The Waterway channel near the southern tip of the “Cumberland Dividings, just north of where the AICW intersects the southerly reaches of the Brickhill River, has multiple problems. First, some charts and chartplotters show the magenta fairway line running on the western side of the red markers in this area. Those who blindly follow this erroneous magenta line will run aground every time. Also, and perhaps even worse, the Waterway is shoaling badly along its western flank, north of marker #63.

The Solution: Time your passage through these waters for mid to high tide. FOR THE MOMENT (subject to change WITHOUT NOTICE), heavily favor the easterly side of the channel between #59A and #60A. Be on the lookout for missing, temporary or uncharted markers along this stretch, and carefully observe any which are spotted. Proceed with MAXIMUM caution, and be SURE to read the remarks of our fellow cruisers who have recently passed through this AICW stretch, by clicking the “Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the AICW Channel Through the Cumberland Dividings” link below!

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the AICW Channel Through the Cumberland Dividings

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

Intersection of AICW and Mantanzas Inlet

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-12-2009

Intersection of AICW and Mantanzas Inlet
(Statute Mile 793, Eastern Florida AICW)

The Problem: Back in April, 2010, the Waterway was shoaling badly along its eastern flank, south of marker #80. Dredging of this AICW Problem Stretch was completed as of 9/20/11, and as August, 2012, no navigational problems other than the placement of a few new markers has been reported.

The Solution: For the moment, with the completion of dredging in the fall of 2011, traversing this intersection should have no more than usual problems for stretches where the AICW runs behind a tidal inlet. Eventually, shoaling will reappear here, but let’s hope that sad event lies well into the future.
Be SURE to observe and properly pass any new, uncharted markers you may encounter as you cruise through this problem stretch!

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Intersection of AICW and Mantanzas Inlet

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

AICW/Bakers Haulover Inlet Intersection

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-09-2009

Intersection of AICW and Bakers Haulover Inlet
(Statute Mile 1080, Eastern Florida AICW)

The ProblemAs of July, 2013, there is “severe shoaling” along the AICW’s run past shallow Baker’s Haulover Inlet. Until this stretch is finally dredged, these waters are currently the worst single section of the Eastern Florida AICW!

The Solution If your vessel draws 3 feet or more, you MUST time your passage of the Waterway behind Bakers Haulover Inlet for mid to high tide, and carefully observe any new or relocated markers, even if they differ from the latest configuration of aids to navigation shown on chart 11467. As of July, 2013, best depths can be maintained by favoring the eastern (“green”) side of the channel as the Waterway passes behind the inlet.

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Intersection of AICW and Bakers Haulover Inlet

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch