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Shoaling at Lockwood Folly Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 312, 5/25/2016

A recent report (/156435) from Hank Pomeranz of Carolina Yacht Care describes the shifting channel at this Problem Stretch. Marker 47 sits on the eastern tip of Holden Beach at the intersection of the Waterway and Lockwood Folly Inlet. SSECN has for years recommended mid to high tide for passage through this risky section.

Mariners are advised that an area of shoaling exists at AICW mm 321 in the vicinity of Lockwoods Folly inlet at Cape Fear River-Little River buoy 47 (LLNR 40225 [33°55.2964N / 078°14.0893W, 33.921606 / -78.234822]). A 300 yard shoal extends across the federal channel with depths varying from 1 to 5 feet at mean low water. Buoys have been placed to mark deeper water around this shoal. Mariners are highly recommended to transit this area with caution at slow no wake speeds and do so at high tide.
Chart 11534 LNM 21/16

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Lockwood Folly

Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (1)

  1. James Lea -  May 27, 2016 - 4:26 pm

    This section of the ICW can be easily avoided in good weather by using Little River and Cape Fear River. Little River is well marked and frequently used by boats of all sizes. The currents in the Cape Fear River can be a challenge, particularly if the wind opposes current, but it is an all-weather entrance.
    In six trips up and down the ICW we have never transited this section of the ICW, always enjoying a nice sail while listening to all the VHF chatter about passing and depths. Highly recommended.

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