As you can see, it has changed, and for those of you that have not been there in awhile, I would advise taking the ICW / Land Cut / North Pass west to Big Lagoon and enter the cove from the west.
would that not be the east entrance ?
Yep, It has closed up again, as it did years ago. Not sure which Hurricane closed and which one opened it at that time.When we were there in March we couldn't get my boat out of the east cut to the pass.
They had a bridge there? Wouldn't have been a land based road, because Big Lagoon was always there.Banana is correct North and South I could run my 40 ft boat that drew 3 ft. Through the South route. The North was used mostley by the big tugs with coal barges.
After the dreaging for the
USS Forrestal carrier everything on the South side started filling in. The entire middle sand island is from dredging. There use to be a paved road from the navy land all the way to ft mcree way before my time here.
Back in the early 60's I used to snorkel across the south cut with a spear gun on the old road and shoot legal size grouper. Back then you didn't have to worry about boat traffic.Last year we snorkeled on what looked to be asphalt that is on the north side of that island. I guess that is from the old road? I'm sure it's still there.
If I remember, the item referred to "Pensacola Land Cut" by tow boats when you monitor the barges on Channel 16, was created with the construction of the ICW. Of course, the is the cut between the Navy Base and the dredge spoil area with numerous names: Sand Island, Dog Island, Robertson Island on the charts.Big lagoon has always been there. But way back there was no opening to the pass from big lagoon.
Small paperback book called "A Castle built on sand" is about Mcree and its history, with old maps and drawings. Talks a lot about the lay of the land, back in the day. Cant remember the author.
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