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Re: ICW Crossing Tampa Bay - Need Information
If I understand your question correctly, that channel that's located just south of Indian Key, that takes you eastward into the Bay, is just a shortcut into the bay. If you intend to continue south to Anna Maria Island and points south, you can continue on the ICW parallel to the causeway, and then, when you leave the marked ICW channel, you can cross the shipping channel, head generally towards Anna Maria Island, where you'll pick up the marks that lead you back into the southbound ICW. The current chart shows shallow water and a narrow channel where you enter the ICW again. I haven't been through there for several years, so, have no recent information as to whether that channel has shoaled in, but never had a problem there in the past. Nevertheless, try to get recent local knowledge about that channel, and keep an eye on your depth sounder, because there's certainly a lot of shallow water in the area.