While I have to admit that I prefer going offshore
I have done the ICW from Galveston to New Orleans
a few times in the last couple of years. I am a fan of Madisonville on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain and travel there quite a bit. Their Mardis Gras boat parade is a hoot.
I suppose it is due to the amount of commercial traffic but found the charts
to be accurate and channel markers in place. The width of the channel is well maintained.
Having spent a lot of time on the Mississippi
and the Atchafalaya I have seen enormous trees come down the rivers especially when they were high. It is a good idea to run these sections during the day.
While I have bumped a few small logs
, they were submerged and happened mostly during daylight. Never took any damage. I seldom run over 6 knots in the ditch.
lights stay in good order and I can't say that I have had issues with pleasure boats at night.
Prop wash really isn't an issue if enough distance is kept.
I guess I should add that I started running these waters in a bateau as a boy and don't see them as stressful.
Looking for another pretty place to work on the boat.