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    • Channel Five

       Welcome to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, your own paradise in the middle of the beautiful Exumas.On 12/4/08, as part of a "Florida Keys Wish List," I posed the following question:

      32. Channel Five (near Statute Mile 1150 on the Inside/ICW route) is arguably the most important passage to connect between the Inside/ICW passage and Hawk Channel. That’s partly because it is crossed by a fixed, 65-foot bridge. Conversely, there is a real absence of navigational markers on Channel Five. Has anyone else been bothered by this scarcity of aids to navigation?

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      Channel 5 Bridge posed no problems for us in either direction.  We did pass through both times with good daylight.

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    • Snake Creek Channel

      On 12/4/08, as part of a "Florida Keys Wish List," I posed the following question:

      Snake Creek, southwest of Plantation Key, is the first of the really important connector streams, which provide access from Hawk Channel to the Inside/ICW route, or the other way around. Within the last several years, however, the Hawk Channel side of the Snake Creek channel has shallowed. The last time I sounded these waters, MLW depths of 5 feet were noted. Who has run the Snake Creek channel lately? What were the minimum soundings you observed?

      Responses follow:

      We have been thru snake creek many times, both from the ICW and hawks Cannel.  We try to time our departure for hi tide.  We go very slow entering and exiting snake creek.  So far no problems.  We encountered depths of about 5 to 6 feet.
      Ron Hollander

      Snake Creek  Depths here were 5 ft or better at mean tide. Watch out for the currents when waiting for the bridge to open. Itʼs very easy to drift out of the channel and go aground.
      Bob and Toni Dorman

      5 to 6' MLW ealier this year…

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