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Old 11-08-2008, 13:36   #1
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Snake River Plantation Key

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Home Port: Sarasota
Boat: 47' Catamaran - 4'5" Draft - 73' Mast - 24' Beam
going from Home Port to Maimi/Bahamas

When I go through the Keys to Maimi or Bahamas I would go around Key West and up Hawks Channel and avoid Florida Bay because I can not get under the bridges on the Bay route.

I noticed Snake River has a bascule bridge so my mast can get through there. There are some 4' depths shown on the charts at the entrance and exit.

Anyone familiar with the area and pros and cons going this way other than I have to follow the markers all the way through Florida Bay?

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Old 11-08-2008, 13:55   #2
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i read about a power line that had been strung across snake creek. but that was a few years ago .. it may have been removed.
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Old 11-08-2008, 15:28   #3
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I do see overhead lines on my chart but no height. My guess is I cannot get under them but would welcome being wrong.
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A few years ago there was a big controversy about the power cables as they were strung without notifying the Coast Guard and they did not appear on the then current charts. If memory serves, the cables are/were 55' above high water. While I believe that is still the case, you might want to check with the Coast Guard in Key West for confirmatin.

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Call Snake Creek Marina and ask them. I see no cables on my chart.
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Old 12-08-2008, 02:46   #6
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Snake Creek Bascule Bridge, north of unlighted daybeacon #9 between Hawk Channel & Florida Bay (at Plantation & Windley Keys)
24 57.130N 080 35.263 at Center of Bridge
Vertical Clearance Charted at 27'

The Snake Creek Bridge opens on demand, except on the hour & half hour.(Mon.-Fri 8am-4pm).

See the o/head cables in the pic.

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("... Snake Creek to the south has a reported 4-foot controlling depth (mlw), but we've discovered that shoaling at its entrance has reduced this to about 3 feet mlw...")

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