It is gratifying when readers heed the advice given by their fellow boaters. In the case of the northern entrance to the Alligator River, going directly from Green Marker #7 to Flashing Green Marker #9 is good solid advice confirmed by these latest reports. Shoaling is definitely occurring beneath the magenta line to the west.
We passed through the northern entrance to the Alligator River today, 3/22/11. We took your advice and ran in a straight line from marker G9 to marker G7, rather than following the dog leg shown on the magenta line. We saw 10′ to 12′ throughout this route.
Skipper Larry Thackston aboard M/V PEACH
Passed through today (23, March 2011) Southbound. Found 10′ of good water if you run a straight line from Green #7 to Green #9 rather than follow the recommended line on the chart/cruising guide. Hope this helps some folks. I’m on a 173′ Small Cruise Ship with a 7′ Draft.
Capt. Mike Kiernan
While our information is old, things don’t change real fast in this area either. We have encountered abandoned fish/crab-pots on the bottom in five feet around this area. Go slooooowly.