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Florida Panhandle to Georgia?

Discussion in 'Marinas & Waypoints' started by Blackthorn, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. Blackthorn

    Blackthorn New Member

    Aug 3, 2009
    Hi folks.

    A quick nav question, if I may...

    Does anyone have any experience navigating through the Florida Panhandle to Lake Seminole, GA? Can it be done? The Apalachicola River seems to be a straight shot, as far as I can tell from Google maps, but further investigation shows a dam at the Lake Seminole area. (This river enters the Gulf at the Apalachicola Bay/ Bay City FL area, if that helps with software query).

    I'm still tinkering with the idea of a liveaboard, and would like to possibly purchase a small patch of Georgia scrub to tie up to. I'm not superfancy and this is sounding like a practical alternative to marina fees. Figure 40-45ft Chris-type battlewagon.

    Alternative route, maybe the skinny part of the panhandle, up to the Georgia line, any river will do. I have reasons for wanting Georgia for residency, and not Florida. The Gulf coasts calm waters is preferable to me over the Atlantic GA coast - but if I have to concentrate on East GA, so be it.

    Thanks in advance. Fair weather~
  2. Captd13

    Captd13 New Member

    Jan 24, 2010
    Savannah, GA USA
    I would check into the whole buying land in GA thing. As far as i know it is Illegal to live aboard in georgia, dont know why but i remember the harbor master telling me something about it
  3. NYCAP123

    NYCAP123 Senior Member

    Mar 14, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    I think you're referring to the Cross-Florida Barge Canal which began construction in 1964 and was abandoned in 1971 without completion. Your cross-Florida route would be the Okeechobee Waterway from Ft. Meyers to Port St. Lucie.
  4. Seafarer

    Seafarer Senior Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Hudson River
    It can be done as long as you're not drawing a lot of water. The Apalachicola is once again being dredged after Florida sued the Army Corps of Engineers over a navigation decertification and channel abandonment proposal in the late 1990s. I belive the depth is about 5-6' in the main channel year round, up to 9' in the springtime. The dams all have locks since that is the route to access the Flint and Chattahoochee rivers as well.