Cross Florida Barge Canal - navigable?

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  1. ADR

    ADR New Member

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    Florida Waterways System Plan.png
    I read in a FL Waterways Plan that the full barge canal was not completed for environmental reasons. However, it also shows that there is an "other waterway" that still exists from the St. Johns River to Inglis area on the Gulf Coast. The question is: is it big enough for medium sized SR (35') to go thru, or is this more runabout or canoe only sized? I'm not from the area, but would be interested if anybody knows this waterway and what boats, if any, can get through it. Thanks in advance for any info!
     
  2. MikeBravo

    MikeBravo Active Member

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    I don't know of anyway to get from the east coast of Florida to the west coast except through Lake O.
     
  3. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Active Member

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    or go around the keys. Nothing in North Central Florida unless you are in a kayak, and even then you'll be walking.
     
  4. JPGator

    JPGator Active Member

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    Based on that image I think they referenced the Rousseau which dumps into the lake. From there you cant proceed outside of a kayak. Not sure how you would connect to the St. John.

    If you have any questions about the Caloosahatchee through lake O to the St. Lucie let me know. I’m familiar with that.
     
  5. k9medic

    k9medic Active Member

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    In Inglis, from the gulf to Lake Rousseau is navigable. There is a lock at the lake that has not been used in 40 years or so. You cannot go into the lake from the Gulf.

    The rest of the "other waterway" is parts of the Silver River, the Withlacoochee river and the Oklawaha river that would have been widened and followed if the canal had gone through.
     
  6. ADR

    ADR New Member

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    Thanks everyone for the info. I was afraid that it wasn't more than a ditch that never got dredged once I read about the canceling of the barge canal. Maybe someday, if they get the environmental stuff figured out...

    Cheers! -A
     
  7. 45Gunner

    45Gunner New Member

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    I just purchased a 440 Express Bridge Cruiser which is currently located in the NE Tampa Bay Area. I have to move it to my dock in Boynton Beach which is near the Boynton Inlet. I had given some thought crossing thru the Okeechobee Water Way system buy after inquiring of several professional boat captains, I have decided not to go that route. I'm heading south to the Keys and will make the trip outside and off shore. Has anyone else made this trip and any words of wisdom they may want to share?
     
  8. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Active Member

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    Depending on your range, tolerance for running, and your crew, you will likely want to stop at Marco or Naples for the night. You don't have to go all the way to Key West. There's a cut through to channel 5, or you could cut through at Marathon. Red Tide is raising its ugly head in SW Florida again, mostly from Venice South to Naples, so it might be better to first roll further South, like Sarasota/Venice Inlet, fuel up, and run from there directly to Marathon, staying far enough offshore to avoid lobster pots and the tide.
    If you search the board, there was another member asking a couple of months ago about running the West Coast to the keys. Lots of good data there.
     
  9. 45Gunner

    45Gunner New Member

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    2000 460 Sundancer. Raymarine E120. Raymarine Open Array Radar. Autopilot. Raytheon RN300 GPS.
    Twin 450 Diamond Series 6CTA 8.3M Cummins.
    Thanks for the good info. Appreciated.
     

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