Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff
The Problem: In the past, severe shoaling along this canal’s southwestern mouth, markers #180 and #185 has earned the Problem Stretch designation. Recent reports indicate much improved depths. Some dead low water depths of 4 feet will be encountered between these two aids to navigation. And severe shoaling has also been reported hard by the Ashpoo – Coosaw Cutoff’s northeastern mouth, near marker #177!
The Solution: Time 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.