Cruising Resources

A selection of tables, guides, and schedules that we hope will provide you with information not found in the more contemporary cruising / navigation guides you are used to.

What we hope you will find in these pages is the information you will need to assist you in planning your next voyage. You know, the part about actually getting there.

What you won’t find is glitzy photographs, the amenities available at the local marinas, or which restaurant serves the coldest beer. Not saying that cold beer isn’t important mind you, but that’s not our aim here. Hell, what good is cruising without a little sense of adventure and discovery.

Cruising Notes


Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Bridge and Lock Schedule

Schedule of Bridge and lock Openings on the Atlanitic Intracoastal WaterwayThis table lists the bridges (including the lock at Great Bridge, VA), their schedules and restrictions along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) from Norfolk, VA to Miami, FL and then onto Key West. This list is updated in January and July of each year.

This information is believed to be accurate as of January 2015.

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AICW Bridge and Lock Schedule



Florida's Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Bridge Schedule

Schedule of Bridge Openings on Florida's Gulf Intracoastal WaterwaysThis table lists the bridges, their schedules, and restrictions along Florida's GICW from its intersection with the Okeechobee Waterway at Fort Myers, FL then North to Dunedin, FL. This list is updated in January and July of each year.

This information is believed to be accurate as of January 2015.

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Florida Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Bridge Restrictions



Okeechobee Waterway Bridge and Lock Schedule

Schedule of Bridge and lock Openings on Florida's Okeechobee WaterwayThis table lists the bridges and locks along with their schedules and restrictions along the Okeechobee Waterway

The Okeechobee runs from its intersection with the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Stuart, FL to the Florida Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at Fort Myers, FL. This list is updated in January and July of each year.

This information is believed to be accurate as of January 2015.

Also included are the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers recommended maximum draft tables for transiting Lake Okeechobee.

Okeechobee Waterway Bridge and Lock Schedule



New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway

Schedule of Bridge and lock Openings on Florida's Okeechobee WaterwayTransit and navigation information for the NJICW from its northern most point at Manasquan Inlet to its southern terminus at the Delaware Bay at Cape May, NJ. Included are: Bridge clearances, channel depths, currents, and charts, for the 118 miles that make up the New Jersey Intracoastal WW. The NJICW is typically open for navigation year round.

This information is believed to be accurate as of January 2015.

New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway



New York State Canal System

Transit Information for the New York State Canal SystemTransit and navigation information on the major canals (Erie, Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca) that make up the New York State Canal System. Included are: Lock information, distances, bridge clearances, channel depths, transit times, and costs, for the 524 miles, 57 locks, and 16 lift bridges that make up the NYSCS. Also included is information on the Federal Lock at Troy, NY.

The NYSCS is typically open for navigation from May through November of each year.

The New York State Canal System


Richelieu River - Chambly Canal System

Transit Information for the Richelieu / Chambly CanalTransit and navigation information for the Richelieu - Chambly - St. Ours canals. Included are: Lock information, distances, bridge clearances, channel depths, transit times, and costs, for the 68 nautical miles and 10 locks that make up the Richelieu - Chambly passage.

The Richelieu - Chambly is typically open for navigation from mid-May through mid-October of each year and offers the boater an alternative passage into and out of the Great Lakes.

Richelieu-Chambly Canal System



Locking Through the Welland Canal

The Welland CanalThe Welland Canal is a ship canal available to pleasure boats upbound or downbound from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. It runs approximately 27 miles (42 km) from Port Colborne, Ontario on Lake Erie to Port Weller, Ontario on Lake Ontario.

The canal's Lake Erie (southern) terminus, at Port Colborne, is 326.5 feet (99.5 m) higher in elevation than the Lake Ontario (northern) terminus at Port Weller. The canal is comprised of eight locks, taking vessels an average of 11 hours to traverse the canal's length.

In the interest of safety, craft of less than 6 m (20 feet) in length or 900 kg (1 ton) in weight are not permitted to transit through the Seaway locks.

Pleasure craft operators are reminded that the Seaway is primarily a commercial navigation route and that they should expect delays of varying length caused by the demands of commercial navigation at the locks.

The Welland Canal



Cape Cod Canal

Navigation and Transit Information for the Cape Cod CanalNavigation and passage information for the Cape Cod Canal. Including: Distances, bridge clearances, channel depths, speeds, and transit times. The CCC is a 15.8 nautical mile sea level passage between Cape Cod Bay to the east and Buzzards Bay to the west.

The Cape Cod Canal is typically open for navigation year around and provides the mariner with a time saving shortcut when heading north or south along the New England coast.

Cape Cod Canal



New York's East River

Navigation and Transit Information for the East RiverA tidal strait rather than a river, the East River is 14 nautical mile passage connecting New York Bay with Long Island Sound while carrying you through the heart of New York City.

Among some of its most endearing features are: Strong current flows, large commercial marine traffic, heavy volumes of recreational boaters during the summer months, the occasional security zone (in the vicinity of the United Nations), and of course you get an up close and personal view of the infamous "Hell Gate."

East River



Chesapeake and Delaware Canal

Navigation and Transit Information for the C & D CanalNavigation and passage information for the C & D Canal. Including: Distances, bridge clearances, channel depths, speeds, and transit times. The C & D Canal is a 15.3 nautical mile sea level canal between Reedy Point, DE to the east and the Elk River, MD (Upper Chesapeake Bay) to the west.

The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal is typically open for navigation year around and provides a time saving shortcut when bound for Baltimore, Philadelphia, the Delaware Capes, or the Upper Chesapeake Bay.

C & D Canal


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