The hwy 11 and the train bridge monitor channel 13 on low power. I would call before departing to check as the car bridge is sometime stuck for days. It is old and parts must be made to order. I have seen it out for weeks. From where you are you should be able to raise both bridges on VHF 13 to see if they are operational.
4' draft should be no problem in general, but I am not sure about the entrance to Salt Bayou. After crossing under I-10 the channel is green marked toward the eastern shore headed roughly ENE. It goes straight until it dog legs to the South East. After the dogleg to starboard it becomes narrower and shallower, around 6' to 7'. The channel is only marked by green markers, and leads to the entrance to the Rigolets. Salt Bayou is about half way down the channel after the dogleg and off to port. The current in this area of the Lake can be a factor and you should get tide info before setting out. You need chart 11369.
Last edited by ROSA; 06-16-2010 at 08:04 PM.