Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, frankc.
Every effort is made to maintain a controlling depth
of 6’ throughout the New Jersey ICW
, but due to continuous shoaling, depths of 3’ MLW may be found especially in the areas south of Barnegat Bay. The Cape May Canal Project Depth is 12’ between Cape May Harbor and the Delaware Bay.
Mariners should be aware that the last survey
of the Cape May Canal, done in November 2012, showed 2.1’ spots between Spicer Creek Canal and the inner end of the ferry
basin at MLLW.
The tidal range varies by location, with areas near inlets having a normal range of 3 to 4 feet with as little as 0.5 foot in areas well away from the inlets. Caution should be observed during times of strong long duration winds as they may cause variations in tidal levels of as much as 3’ below MLW and 3’ above MHW.
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