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Cat Island Channel

This is a question for those familiar with the extreme western part of the Mississippi Sound. Most cruising boats that cross the Gulf of Mexico bound for New Orleans use the Mississipi River Gulf Outlet(MRGO) to avoid fighting the current and ship traffic on the Mississippi River. The MRGO is going to be closed to prevent hurricane surge waters from reflooding New Orleans.

Looking at the charts, it seems that the best alternative is the Cat Island Channel, just southwest of Cat Island. It appears to have plenty of depth and is well buoyed. Does anyone have any firsthand knowledge of the Cat Island Channel?

I'm familiar with Ship Island Pass to the east, but it looks as if you can save 20-30 miles by using the Cat Island Channel, if you're headed to New Orleans.
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Cat I. Channel to South Pass to Marianne Channel the ICW.

I have not encountered any problems in this area with 4.5ft. draft. Low traffic area for the most part.

Are you going the ICW or The Rigolets?

Stay clear of Pelican Key otherwise have a great sail...

edit- also check this site, has good nav info. Waterway Guide - Upper Gulf of Mexico & Texas Coast

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Thanks for the information. I don't have a specific cruise in mind but I've crossed the Gulf a few times in the last 20 years and have used the MRGO.
I have cruised between NO and Pensacola quite a bit but never had occasioin to try the Cat Island Channel.
I use the Rigolets when I have chores to do on the boat. I can put it on autopilot in the Lake. I use the GIWW if the water is rough.
That's a great website. Thanks.
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