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Old 12-04-2009, 09:23   #1
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Hello folks, I am bidding on a job that I've not done before. Does anyone know of any of the lowest bridge clearances?
Up the Tenn-Tom, down the Ohio, up the Mississippi and then up the Illinois, to one of the two lake Michigan entrances. Also , I'm estimating a month up and 15 days back (to and from Naples,FL) Thank you.
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:49   #2
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The lowest bridge that cannot be avoided on the Great Loop/Great Circle Route is 19.1 feet at mile 300.6 on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal after the Chicago River/Sanitary and Ship Canal and the Calumet Sag Channel join south-west of Chicago. This is the AT&S Railroad Bridge which is shown on the charts as a swing bridge. It is inoperable and no longer opens. THERE IS NO WATER ROUTE AROUND THIS FIXED BRIDGE FOR GREAT LOOP CRUISERS.

Pier 11 Marina, Chicago, at mile 323.2 Cal-Sag Channel, has a 60-ton travelift to 20' wide, 773-468-9605. They may un-step masts and lower radar arches.

From Lake Michigan the Chicago River flows through downtown Chicago and becomes the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. The lowest bridge through this route is 17 feet at mile 320.4, an inoperable bascule railroad bridge. The other route, the Cal Sag Channel, has a bridge height restriction of 20-something feet.

Either way you must be able to clear the 19.1 feet fixed bridge mentioned above which is down river of both channels.

Tennessee River/Tenn-Tom Waterway has lots of bridges at 52 feet vertical clearance.
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Mississippi River Mast Clearance

This is a great question, and I would like to ask it agian, but specific to launching into the Mississippi River from Le Claire, IA and floating down to the Gulf of Mexico. I am building a sailboat, and I am concerned about mast clearances. Does anyone know where to look this information up? I'd prefer to get an answer from say the Army Corps of Engineers rather than a forum poster. No offense to anyone, it's just a matter of getting there and saying, "But so and so said I'd make it"

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paper charts show bridge clearances. they do not show current or traffic on the mississippi...goood luck.

sailboatowners.com has a member named captain chuck creel. he is a retired towboat cpt --ask him ....he knows.
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I'd prefer to get an answer from say the Army Corps of Engineers rather than a forum poster. No offense to anyone ---
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Scot - Can tell you are new to the site.
Most of us here think Gord knows more than the Corps of Engineers.
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Actual clearances are going to be relative to the water level as well and may change quickly (as this IS spring). Search the net, the data is out there.
Just to get you started....
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BTW, that 19.1 is running 15 right now....

My Dad was an old river rat for 35 years working tugs on that route.

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Gord, you need to share some of that EXTENSIVE database you got there. I need some of that!
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Scot - Can tell you are new to the site.
Most of us here think Gord knows more than the Corps of Engineers.
Lordy Lordy, comment of mine had nothing to do with Gord. He answered a question related to Chicago to Gulf. I asked a question about Le Claire to Gulf, which follows a different river for a good distance. And hey, what's the harm in asking for authoritative sources?

Anyway I appreciate the answers I got, thanks muchly.


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