Has anyone here been through Crocodile Dragover recently? Is it passable in an average low tide (whatever that is?). What is it like and when were you there last? Thanks! Karank
Crocodile Dragover?(6 posts) (4 voices)
Try this...I went through in January from East to West. Slides On page 9 of 15 start my trip through the Crocodile Dragover, but these show you the wrong way that you will see it during an EC
There was a thread about Crocodile Dragover here On the WaterTribe forum
Here is a link to a video of a fishing boat coming through Crocodile Dragover from East to West
Oops, I pasted wrong video. One above was Macatawa and Northern Light crossing Florida Bay. Too dark to see croc Dragover in their movie.
Here is the fisherman's run through Crocodile Dragover - again this is backwards.
When I came through CD, it was very shallow around the channel
Yes, we took Crocodile Dragover during this years EC, but have no pictures of it since it was the middle of the night and we were really tired. It was pretty shallow, especially if you got outside the channel, but was no problem with our XCR canoe that has less than a foot of draft fully loaded. We could keep the rudder down as long as we stayed in the channel - we had to pop it up a couple times when we got outside of it. In general, Florida Bay was pretty shallow the whole day, and the steady east wind we had that day did not help.
I'd love to do that stretch in daylight, it was a really nice moonlight paddle. EC amnesia has set in..."that wasn't so bad, when can we do it again?"
Tides in Fl Bay vary widely with the season and in the Northern bay also with the wind. Tides right now are very high but I don't know the nearest reporting station to Croc Dragover. Unlike horseshoes, close is not good enough for a tidal station in that area. Dave
What a “Crock” ! This has been very informative. The fast backwards ride (E to W) was most helpful....and even fun! I played it a couple of times and just turned around (in my mind). This route seems to be a very good option if the wind were N, NW, S, or SW. Thanks scareman and all. Also! smittypaddler’s general information on wind patterns verbalized what I have thought about the wind in that part of the world. “I looked at the past 10 years of NOAA data, and the winds in Florida Bay blow predominantly from the North (26%) and East (49%) in March. From one day to the next there's a 75% chance of a veering wind, unless it's from the East, in which case it'll most likely be from the East again tomorrow. There's an 82% chance of a veering wind if it's currently a West wind. I'm thinking Crocodile Dragover puts me under the lee of the land at its East end, in a position to take advantage of a veering wind, especially if it's Northerly now. But if it's Easterly at Flamingo and the weatherman thinks it'll veer Southerly, it'll be Twisty Mile, Jimmy Channel, and Manatee Keys.” All good information, but nothing like being there. My visual memory is much more accurate than trying to remember something written on a page.
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