In the article by Sue & Larry on the Intracoastal Waterway, they listed a couple of websites giving anchorage details and bridge opening schedules. I think these will be great sites for me and some friends who plan to head south from the Great Lakes. At the moment we are undecided if we are going out by way of Lake Erie and into the ICW and back by the Gulf and up to Chicago then into Lake Michigan or the other way round. Do you know of any similar websites that cover anchorages and bridge schedules from Chicago to the Gulf?
Sue & Larry respond:
We’re not aware of any websites that contain information about bridge openings or anchorages along your proposed route, but if there is one that we’ve missed maybe one of the readers can clue us in. There are, however, a couple of very interesting sites covering various aspects of traveling this circuit. You might consider joining America’s Great Loop Cruisers Association. At www.Greatloop.com, you’ll find handy information about cruising this area plus details about joining the association.
You can also take a look at: http://boatingamerica.com/states/missouri/missri.htm. Although geared somewhat towards weekend boaters, there’s much info regarding recreational stops and links to dams and marinas, etc.
For information in print that you can carry along with you, pick up "Quimby’s Cruising Guide." This will take you from the Great Lakes to the Gulf and covers 7,500 miles of inland waterways. Another good source of information is Skipper Bob’s "The Great Circle Route" cruising guide. Good luck to you.
Hope you and your friends have a great trip.