Shoaling to Four Feet MLW in Clearwater Pass, near GICW Statute Mile 135, 12/5/2014
FLORIDA – WEST COAST ‘“ TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY ‘“ CLEARWATER PASS ‘“ CLEARWATER MARINA CHANNEL: Hazard to
The ACOE survey project depth between Clearwater Marina Channel Light 2 (LLNR 25730 [27°57.7859N / 082°49.1498W, 27.963098 / -82.819164]) and Clearwater Marina Channel DBN 4 (LLNR 25745 [27°57.9094N / 082°49.0531W, 27.965156 / -82.817552]) are as low as 4ft due to shoaling. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Local knowledge recommended as the channel is constantly changing. Chart 11411 LNM: 48/14
The alert is in the wrong position. The actual problem area is inside the bridge, at the southern end of the curving channel that heads toward the Clearwater Marina. That channel has long been a trouble spot, and it was dredged not too long ago. It has filled in very fast.
There is no problem in the area shown by your alert symbol [now corrected].
We passed through Clearwater a couple of weeks ago. I was shocked when we saw 5.5 feet in the trouble area, at HIGH tide. (We need 5.3 feet.) A year ago the readings were more like 10 feet.
Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Clearwater Channel