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Navigating the Inland Waterways: Charts & Resources

Navigating the Inland Waterways: Charts & Resources

If you’ve spent any time at all on the inland rivers and lakes of the United States, then you know that boating here is different. The scenery and atmosphere are different. The water and weather are different. Even the boats and some of the boating rules are...
Digital Guide To The Ohio River

Digital Guide To The Ohio River

By Shelley Byrne The new Digital Guide to the Ohio River uses Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponder data to mark towing vessels, making the river safer for recreational users. The guide was designed by the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of...
Buoys, Lights & Daymarks on the Inland Waterways

Buoys, Lights & Daymarks on the Inland Waterways

On inland rivers, constant use is made of navigation aids placed both on the water and on the shore. Most buoys and navigation lights are established and maintained by the Coast Guard, but there are also many private navigation lights marking water intakes, docks,...
Navigating the Inland Waterways: Locking Through

Navigating the Inland Waterways: Locking Through

Don’t let locks stop you. They aren’t just for commercial traffic — they’re for you, too, and there’s no charge for using them. By learning how to use the locks, you can increase your cruising range and extend your adventures. All boats going through a lock should...
Anchoring Along the Inland Waterways

Anchoring Along the Inland Waterways

The inland waterways are full of scenic points to anchor for a short period of time or as an overnight stay. There are some important steps to follow when anchoring your boat along these river systems. Short-term Anchoring To anchor for a few hours, it is best to use...