LNM: USACE: Water Levels, Apalachiacola-Chattahoochee, Flint Rivers, N Gulf, FL
For adventurous cruisers, the USACE has declared 7ft depth channel levels in this Northern Gulf river system.
FL/AL/GA – APALACHICOLA – CHATTAHOOCHEE AND FLINT (ACF) RIVER SYSTEM
In accordance with Section 7-11 of the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint (ACF) Master Water Control Manual and the Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam and Lake Seminole Water Control Manual (Appendix A), dated March 2017, a 7-foot navigation channel will be supported via water releases on the ACF during the months of January 2023, through May 2023, when the composite storage for the system is in Zones 1 and 2. Below is a link to a graphic showing the ACF composite storage in Zone 1, indicating sufficient water is available to support the beginning of this navigation season. The composite storage graphic, which is updated weekly, can be viewed at the following website:
https://water.sam.usace.army.mil/ACFconstorage.pdf. A 7.4-foot Blountstown Gauge is needed to provide a 7-foot channel on the Apalachicola River. River stages for the ACF system can be viewed at: https://water.sam.usace.army.mil/forecast_acf_plots.htm. Commercial mariners should schedule lockage appointments at the Jim Woodruff Lock by calling (850) 663-4692 or (229) 723-3482. George W. Andrews and Walter F. George Locks remain closed due to mechanical failures.