ICW: New Route for Dawho Creek

2 Apr

Dawho Creek STM 495 has been a growing area of concern. It has shoaled to less than 6 feet at MLLW and you do not have to be far of course to see less than 5 feet. There are USACE surveys through Dawho Creek from the fall of 2017. They show a deep-water route to the north of the marked USCG channel. Bob Sherer, more well known by his Active Captain handle of bob423, has plotted waypoints along this new route. Bob asked me to beta test the route March 27. Here is our track, waypoints and depth findings along Bob’s new route. The blue line is the previous route. The green line is Bob’s new route. It is going to b ea great help to cruisers. The chart is NOAA 11522 updated through 3/24/2018. The chart makes it look like you are going over land. The satellite photo of this area shows that that point of land has eroded away.


All depths are corrected to MLLW

Waypoint 5 = 12 .0 feet. As you head for waypoint 4, the course is to head directly at Red 112.  That makes this an easy leg to follow.

Waypoint 4 = 9.6 feet

Waypoint 3 = 11.1 feet. At this waypoint, to head toward waypoint 2, you just head directly for R108

Waypoint 2 = 20.3

Waypoint 1= 27.1 feet

For a more detailed explanation of the work involved in creating this new route, follow this link to Bob’s blog. http://fleetwing.blogspot.com/p/dawho-river-shallows-in-analysis-below.html


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    Tom, Could you publish the waypoints for the new Dawho river route in a readable format? BTW, I came through this section of the ICW yesterday ( 04/27/2018) two hours before a -0.4’ low tide using the old route. By staying in the middle between the floating buoys I saw nothing less than 7’.

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