Here’s the latest survey by the United States Army Corp of Engineers of the AICW (Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway) where it intersects with the Lockwoods Folly Inlet. As the graphics show, the recent dredging created a straight channel across the Lockwoods Folly Inlet intersection. Note how quickly it becomes shallow if the navigational buoys are not followed and you end up outside the channel. Also note that the Eastern Channel is extremely shallow.
The updated survey did not actually include the Lockwoods Folly Inlet itself, and that may have changed some with this week’s nor’easter.
The United States Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) at Station Oak Island does a great job of marking the local waterways. Follow the buoys and you’ll avoid running aground.