Navigating the New River in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Part 1)

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Real Estate Agent with Illustrated Properties R.E., Inc

Provided by South Florida Realtor Randall Regnier - 561.789.9171

The New River runs through downtown Ft. Lauderdale, west of I-95 and then parallel to I-595.  The entrance to the New River is on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) in Fort Lauderdale at approximately 26-06.42.  There is a large rocky shoal in the general shape of a triangle immediately west of the ICW at the entrance of the New River that is respectfully called the “Triangle”.  The New River entrance is well marked with navigational markers. 

Upon entering the New River you will need to closely monitor channel 16 and channel 09 for the duration while transiting the river.  At this time, you need to evaluate how to safely navigate, where the vessel’s final resting place is and how to best moor the vessel.  The river is narrow, may have a lot of boat traffic and the currents are strong.  It is advised to always have a head current (going against the current) if you have a larger or less maneuverable boat. 

It is important to perform security calls on channel 16 and 09 regularly.  Below is a partial list of common security call locations as well as bridges.  Listen closely for inbound and outbound traffic and communicate with them well in advance.  Most all larger boat traffic as well as bridges monitor channel 09.  Scheduling around the tides may be necessary to safely navigate the river.  The information provided is to be used as a guide and may not be accurate or to be used as the sole source of navigation.

See the second posting on ActiveRain.com username Randall Regnier blogs for the detailed lists of GPS position, Bridges, Bridge Clearance and other useful information.

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