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Chicago Fall Bridge lift question

Hey Guys,

I will be taking my first boat up the river to canal street and am having a hard time finding details on the bridge lift. They say that the first lift is at 9:30 on Saturday and the bridges lift sequentially from there. Is there only one lift per day or is there a second lift later. I will be bringing the boat up from 31st and need to set my timing to get through the lock and ready for the lift but would like to not leave super early if there is a lift later than 9-ish. Any help would be great.

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Re: Chicago Fall Bridge lift question

No, there is only one lift for that day. So if your instructions are to be there at 9:30 am, then that means waiting at the the Lake Shore Drive Bridge at 9:30. Remember you have to also get thru the river lock first. Plan to be early and also plan to wait for each and every bridge lift. It may take 5-6 hours in total once things start.

Used to store in that area too, being in the very first group in the spring outbound meant much waiting, as some of these bridges refused to wake up from the their long winter sleep. There is around 25 bridge lifts in total, every year tried to count them but always was distracted trying to keep others from bumping into me.

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No, there is only one lift for that day. So if your instructions are to be there at 9:30 am, then that means waiting at the the Lake Shore Drive Bridge at 9:30. Remember you have to also get thru the river lock first. Plan to be early and also plan to wait for each and every bridge lift. It may take 5-6 hours in total once things start.

Used to store in that area too, being in the very first group in the spring outbound meant much waiting, as some of these bridges refused to wake up from the their long winter sleep. There is around 25 bridge lifts in total, every year tried to count them but always was distracted trying to keep others from bumping into me.

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Re: Chicago Fall Bridge lift question

Does the Lock operate on request or is it scheduled also?

How long is that process? I am just planning on getting to the Lock @ 8:00 a.m. and that way I have time to get lined up for the lifts at the back of the group.
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Re: Chicago Fall Bridge lift question

The lock operates on demand. It could take some time up to 30-45 minutes but in the morning, I would think there is little commercial traffic and there will be many inbound boats.

Make sure all crew has their life vests on for the lock process.
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Re: Chicago Fall Bridge lift question

Sounds like wonderful cruising territory. Out here we just read the tide book.
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Re: Chicago Fall Bridge lift question

OK, I am not going to complain anymore about the 3 bridges I need to get through to my winter strorage! Sound like and interesting process. Maybe shoot some video and post?
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Re: Chicago Fall Bridge lift question

I will get some video and pics and throw them up here soon as I can. I have to leave the dock at 6:30 to get up there and ready to go by 9:00.
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Re: Chicago Fall Bridge lift question

Can you "just" drop the mast and bring it along for the ride, thus obviating the issue of the bridge?
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Can you "just" drop the mast and bring it along for the ride, thus obviating the issue of the bridge?
That is getting done at the Yard and is included in the storage so it saves us about $150 to take it up with the stick up. Plus they are calling for 15knts west wind which will put me on about a beam reach all the way to Monroe harbor.
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