U.S. BOAT Pilot 10 U.S.C.G.

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From New York there is 40 miles in the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal entrance at Manasquan Inlet. That is 22 miles from Sandy Hook light. From there it is protected water all the way to Texas.

CP3-5 Sandy Hook to Cape Henry

The Intracoastal Waterway is a toll-free passage which roughly parallels the Atlantic Coast and extends 118 statute miles through bays, lagoons, thorofares, and land cuts from Manasquan Inlet to Delaware Bay at a point 2 miles north of Cape May Light.

In addition to the Intracoastal Waterway and the waters through which it passes, this chapter also describes the several rivers and tributaries that empty into these waters, as well as some of the more important towns and landings along these waterways.

The Intracoastal Waterway is used mainly by pleasure craft, and commercial and sport fishing vessels. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia Engineer District, has supervision of the waterway’s construction, maintenance, and operation.

CP4 12. Norfolk VA. to Key West

The part of the Intracoastal Waterway described here is the toll-free “canal” which affords continuous protected passage behind the Atlantic Coast and the Florida Keys for more than 1,243 statute miles between Norfolk, VA, and Key West, FL Route 1 the basic route, follows Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal to Albemarle Sound; Route 2 the alternate route, is through Great Dismal Swamp Canal to the sound.

Also described in this chapter is the Okeechobee Waterway, which junctions with the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Lucie Inlet.

The Intracoastal Waterway is used by commercial light-draft vessels and tows unable to navigate long stretches in the open ocean, and by pleasure craft. Small-boat and recreation facilities are found along the waterway. Supervision of the waterway’s construction, maintenance, and operation is divided among five U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Districts (Norfolk, Wilmington, Charleston, Savannah, and Jacksonville)

CP5 12. Gulf of Mexico

This chapter describes the Intracoastal Waterway from Caloosahatchee River, FL, to Brownsville, TX. The waterway except for a 140-mile stretch, Anclote River to Carrabelle, FL, is a protected route inside the W coast of Florida and behind the Gulf Coast. The waterway is discussed in two sections: Caloosahatchee River to Anclote River, a distance of 150 statute miles; and Carrabelle to Brownsville, a distance of 1,059 statute miles.

Also discussed in this chapter are the alternate routes of the Intracoastal Waterway: Algiers Alternate Route; Landside Route; Morgan City-Port Allen Alternate Route; and Atchafalaya River Route.

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