1 LiveBloggin' the ICW: Erie Canal Update, ICW conditions in NC

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Erie Canal Update, ICW conditions in NC

Please share the following information with others either in the Erie Canal or headed that way, thanks. Also, an update on the Carolina Beach inlet....

chartlet courtesy of On the Water Chartguides
Mariners are advised that the water level between Lock E-12 and Lock E-14 on the Erie Canal will be raised beginning at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, October 2.  This portion of the Erie Canal is projected to temporarily re-open for navigation - with a depth restriction of 7 feet - at or before noon on Thursday, October 3 
This section of the Canal will remain open - with a depth restriction of 7 feet - until 8:00 pm on Sunday, October 6.  During this limited re-opening, Locks E-11, E-12, and E-13 will operate from 7 am to 8 pm daily.  Mariners may notice changing water levels on other portions of the Erie Canal between Lock E-6 and E-20 in advance of, and during, this temporary re-opening.  This may include temporarily reduced water levels downstream of Lock E-12, and temporarily elevated water levels upstream of Lock E-14.    
A "No Wake" zone will be in effect from October 3 to October 6 between Lock E-12 and Lock E-14 during the temporary re-opening.   
The Erie Canal will close again on Monday, October 7 in order to complete permanent repairs at Lock E-13.  Other temporary closures are possible between Lock E-8 and Lock E-15 at that time due to water management changes necessary to complete these repairs.  These repairs may take up to three weeks, after which this portion of the Erie Canal will re-open at full depth.  
For more information, please call 1-800-4CANAL4 or visit www.canals.ny.gov 

Carolina Beach Inlet - the chartlet above shows the annotated depths from a survey taken by Mark and Diana Doyle of On the Water Chartguides and indicates no issues at what is often a problem inlet. My own experience coming through there in early August was positive, with good depths (minimum 8' MLLW) all the way through. Bear in mind, the Corps of Engineers frequently moves markers in this area to correspond to the best depths. If you have concerns while heading south, a good plan is to call the local TowBoat US for an update on depths in the area.
Thanks Mark and Diana!