Sticky situation I've found myself in on Lake Pontchartrain... I need to get our boat from the north shore to the south shore and into the industrial canal in NOLA. (Seabrook marina). Unfortunately the canal is closed where it runs into the lake due to some post-Katrina construction.
The only two options are to head
out east into the Rigolets and enter the ICW
there and take it all the way or to head
Menteur pass on the south end of the lake which would bring me to the ICW
The Rigolets route
is about 20 miles out of my way, has heavy shipping
, nasty winds and currents, and is probably the more dangerous way to go. However, the chart says that getting to Chef
Menteur pass would push me through some shoaling in muddy water
. I draw 5.5 feet. I would be at higher risk of grounding.
I wouldn't have even considered the pass but the guy at the marina says that at high tide I can make it no problem. What say you?
I've looked in on activecaptain and found it very helpful but not much on the current depth
conditions on the approach to the pass. And I haven't been able to find anymore "local" knowledge. Anyone here have recent knowledge of this pass? And if not, would you trust the guy at the marina or would you go the long way?