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Old 07-15-2016, 10:32 PM   #21
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I ran through Baptiste Colette a week ago Wednesday with my 4.5' draft boat. Didn't see anything less than 12' below the keel the whole way. Tiger Pass is another story with only 3-4' depth about a half mile inside the jetties. Then it goes to 20'.


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Old 07-16-2016, 08:35 AM   #22
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I wonder if they dug it out some. It's been a few years since I've been there, but I was on a crew boat and the captain was telling me it's been getting shallow and the markers were slowly disappearing. Amazing they use to run ships up through there!
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Old 07-16-2016, 08:59 AM   #23
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I travelled Baptiste Colette in May 2016. 10' depths and well marked. Tiger Pass was terrible. While well marked I turned mud for over a mile at high tide with a 5' draft. If you are taking the gulf route I suggest Southwest Pass and Baptiste Colette as entrance and exit points to Venice.
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Old 07-16-2016, 10:10 AM   #24
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There is absolutely no reason to come in Baptiste Colette and then go 70 miles up river if you are continuing on west. I would still recommend coming in at Grand Isle. or better yet, to shave off a few more miles, enter through the Houma Navigation Canal. As mentioned, if New Orleans is your destination you should be coming in at the Rigolets and then across the lake anyway.
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Old 07-16-2016, 10:52 AM   #25
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I would also avoid the river route. I left Gulf Shores via the ICW and took the Gulf from Mobile Bay to Baptiste Collette. I then took the "jump" to Tiger Pass to Hurricane Hole Marina on Grand Isle. Total time about 12 hours at 10-15 knots. Then Grand Isle to the Houma Navigation Canal to Houma, about 8 hours. As I stated earlier I would not take Tiger Pass again. I would probably overnight in Venice and take Southwest Pass to the HNC. An alternate would be to take Southwest Pass to Bariatara Pass at Grand Isle and then the Barataria waterway to the ICW, although there are reports of shoaling on the Barataria waterway. That is a longer route but less time in the gulf.
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Old 08-06-2016, 08:41 PM   #26
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Does anyone no if the locks are closed for repair? Tried to call all day Friday no answer.
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Old 08-06-2016, 10:06 PM   #27
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I checked the COE site
INNER HARBOR NAVIGATIONAL CANAL LOCK Status - New Orleans District - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Doesn't say much about the closure except:

LOCK CLOSURE SCHEDULE
DATE: 01 Aug 2016
COMMENT: dewatering to begin

Maybe more news elsewhere
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Old 08-06-2016, 11:31 PM   #28
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Does anyone no if the locks are closed for repair? Tried to call all day Friday no answer.
My understanding is they've started the dewatering now. They finished the testing portion I believe, so this would be the next portion of work:

Commencing approximately August 1, 2016 and continuing until approximately November 29, 2016, the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) Lock, approximately 9.5 Miles, EHL, will be closed to navigation 24 hours a day due to dewatering operations, repairs, and maintenance to the Lock, which will be performed by a U.S. Government Hired Labor Unit. The start date for the dewatering operations is tentative and is based on the Mississippi River stage, requiring that the river stage at the Carrollton Gage is at 6.0 feet and falling. Mariners are advised that updated navigation bulletins will be issued in the event there are changes to the dewatering operations schedule. The Lockmaster, Richard McKinzie, can be reached at (504) 945-2157. The point of contact with the New Orleans District is Vic Landry at (504) 862-2407.


New Orleans, Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, lock closure-UPDATE located in GIWW 6.5 EHL | Waterway Guide Navigation Alert
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Old 10-04-2016, 01:04 AM   #29
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Hey kartracer...are you going to make it to the wooden boat festival this weekend?
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Old 10-04-2016, 07:27 AM   #30
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WOW That time of year already,,, With the locks closed we will not make it this year. Northshore in the fall GREAT Place To Be
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:47 AM   #31
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Are any of the locals heading to Madisonville for the Wooden Boat Festival? The weather is glorious. I'm thinking of bringing Scot Free on Thursday although my deckhand just begged out. I'm sure I can find another.


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Old 11-15-2016, 09:50 AM   #32
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Just talked with the Lockmaster, Locks WILL NOT be repaired and reopened as planned for end of Nov, they are saying sometime mid Dec.
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Old 11-15-2016, 11:03 AM   #33
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Just talked with the Lockmaster, Locks WILL NOT be repaired and reopened as planned for end of Nov, they are saying sometime mid Dec.
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Yeah, the big surprise would have been to be done on schedule!
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Old 12-12-2016, 03:00 PM   #35
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I called the lockmaster's number a while ago, the lady who answered the phone said the lock is not operational now, when I asked if they had any idea when it would be she said "No because we are waiting on a part."
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Old 12-12-2016, 05:22 PM   #36
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We can probably blame this delay on me and my bad luck....

The deal fell apart on the boat that I figured about this time I'd be bringing back to Texas from East of the lock... Guess the "Lock Gods" are delaying completion of the work in hopes to catch me on the next boat!

This roller coaster ride is getting to be frustrating!
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Old 12-13-2016, 12:30 AM   #37
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Thanks Steve !!! Hope it is fixed by March.
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Old 12-18-2016, 08:48 AM   #38
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I called the Lock Wall this morning and was told they are open!
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Old 12-23-2016, 02:18 PM   #39
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Thanks Steve<<<< Now reading the Waterway Guide Nav Alerts this morning there are more repairs and closing going on in the Industrial Canal. Rigolets floodgate testing, Seabrook bridge closure and Judge Seeber bridge repair.
Merry CHRISTMAS ALL !!!!!!!
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