GPX Routes

(Updated 06/14/2020, added Jackson Creek entrance channel at Deltaville, VA)

The page numbers refer to the 2019 ICW Cruising Guide which will give more details including depths on the routes but the GPX download links are included below for ease of updating if things change. 
Caution: the routes were ones I personally used in the fall of 2019 except where noted, however, things change on the ICW and the captain of his or her vessel takes full responsibility for the safety of the vessel and crew.    

Page 74:  Haverstraw Cove in New York on the Hudson River
Page 78: Brigantine Anchorage at Atlantic City.
Page 94:  Jackson Creek Entrance at Deltaville, VA, USACE survey of 9/17/2019.
Page 123: Browns Inlet. Updated to USACE survey of 10/2/2019l.
Page 120:  Spooner Creek at the ICW. 
Page 124: New River "dip route" by ACOE as of 9/13/2019, adjusted for shoaling by G65A from hurricane Dorian and by R72A.
Page 126: Top Sail inlet, USACE route as of 9/13/2019, adjusted for shoaling by G99A. 
Page 128: Mason Inlet. as of 4/22/2019. 
Page 128: Masonboro, by USACE as of 4/12/2019.
Page 129: Masonboro by G135. New GPX route due to growing shoals as of 8/6/2018.
Page 134: Snows Cut, deepest path per USACE survey of 9/19/2010 USACE survey
Page 138: Cut from Cape Fear River to Snows Cut per my 5/9/2018 passage
Page 141:  Lockwoods Folly Approach from the north, USACE route of 8/28/2019.
Page 142: Lockwoods Folly. It was just dredged  2/2020, here's the new route based on 2/18/2020 USACE survey.
Page 144:  Shallotte Inlet,  has been dredged, follow the channel.
Page 153: Minim Creek, MM 415 for 7 MLLW
Page 156:  McClellanville, MM 430 for 4 MLLW, based on USACE survey of 11/8/2018
Page 166: Isle of Palms dredged channel, MM 459, Based on 7/22/2019 USACE survey
Page 175:  Dawho River, northern route to Watts Cut for 8 MLLW, straighter route than previous one.
Page 175:  Dawho River following dredged channel to Watts Cut for 10 MLLW
Page 177: Watts Cut, MM 503
Page 178: Fenwick Cut, MM 511
Page 180:  Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, MM 515, fine-tunes to the center of dredged channel per 2/11/2019 USACE survey.
Page 181:  Brickyard Creek, MM 529
Page 186:  Fields Cut  MM573
Page 190:  Hell Gate south of Savannah, GA  MM602. This route is based on a USACE survey of 6/12/2018. It replaces BHell082018. This route should be good for 5 to 6 MLLW per the survey.
Page 197:  Mud River using USACE survey of 5/17/2018
Page 201: Altamaha Sound
Pages 199-201:  Buttermilk and Altamaha Sound. Using the USACE survey of 5/17/2018.
Page 202:  Jekyll Island Creek. MM682. This passage has been dredged but only to 75 feet wide. It can be helpful to load a GPX route if you plan on a low tide trip through.
Page 203:  St Andrews shoal passage by R32, G31  MM689
Page 203: St Andrews Alternate Route by G7
Page 207:  Fernandina Shallows MM718, this route is after the 11/2017 dredging but modified due to shoaling by R16 on 9/15/2019.
Page 210:  South Amelia River Alligator Pass R34/G33 MM725. This is a tough one to eyeball for the deepest water. Just use the route below.
Page 212:  Sawpit Creek Shoaling by G49  MM731, follows dredged route.
Page 216: Route across St Johns River into Pablo Creek to avoid new shoaling. Revised 1/12/2019
Page 221: Ft Matanzas, USACE survey of 10/17/2018
Page 239: Route from Hobe Sound to Ft Lauderdale with bridge info. Updated with the latest route to avoid shallow per USACE survey. Each lift bridge is named in the route list with its opening schedule for easy reference. When underway, each bridge will have an ETA or arrival time so you will know if you need to speed up or slow down. The ETA feature is only available with the Aqua Map app on iPad or Android.
Page 249:  Caesar's Creek passage from Biscayne Bay to the Caesar's Creek anchorage. MM1115. I’ve taken this route multiple times but it only has 5.1 depth at a max tide of 1.3 ft.


I used OpenCPN and AquaMap to form the routes. OpenCPN is an open-source, free charting program with tons of capabilities, perhaps too much for some but it works very well. I also found that it's easy to form routes using AquaMap's routing tools on my iPad. On your desktop, laptop, or iPad, choose one of the options below:

GPX File use:
A GPX file is a universal format used to exchange routes, waypoints, and tracks between navigation apps and programs and are supported by all such programs. Examples for loading a GPX file into sample programs and apps are given below.

Easiest:  Use your iPad and download (no laptop needed)
- Use Safari to open GPX Routes (other browsers may not work)
- Tap on the GPX file link.
- A screen will appear showing the name of the file you just downloaded with an option to “Open in an app and a second line labeled “More.” If the default choice is not the app you want, then tap “More” for more choices and slide the top row of icons until the app you want appears and tap the icon.
- When asked "Import User Data?", click "Import". You will get a success screen.
- See below for further instructions for typical apps.

For AquaMap:
  - The first time you load the route, it will automatically appear, ready for navigation. To reaccess it after the first download, follow the instructions below.
  - Tap on the search icon to the upper, right of the screen.
  - Tap on User Data.
  - The route you imported will be in the list shown, scroll until you find the route.
  - Tap on the route name and it will be shown on the chart ready for navigation.

For iNavX:
- Tap on Routes at the bottom of the screen if the routes screen is not already shown
- Tap on the route just imported
- Tap on Scroll To for the route to be shown on a chart

For Garmin Bluechart:  (no longer offered)
- Tap on the ship’s wheel icon at the bottom, middle of the screen
- A screen showing “My Content” will pop up
- Tap on “Routes”
- A list of routes will be displayed, tap on the one you want to use
- Tap on the “Hamburger” icon at the upper right (three horizontal bars)
 - One choice will be to “View on Chart”, tap on that choice to see the route for navigation.

For Garmin Active Captain:
- Tap the Chart tab at the top of the screen
- Tap the "Hamburger" icon at the top left
- Tap User Data
- Find your downloaded route and tap on View on Chart

For Downloading the GPX file to your computer
- Click on the GPX file link.
- The downloaded file will appear at the bottom left of the window. It has already been saved in your default download location per your Windows preferences, it’s usually a folder called “Downloads.” You have to know this location so you can access it for copying the file to your PC navigation program. A Mac computer has a similar feature.
- Open your PC navigation program and import the GPX file.

To transfer a GPX file from a computer to an iPad:
- Attach the GPX file to an email addressed to yourself.
- Open email on your iPad and hold your finger on the file icon, a menu will appear.
- Slide the top menu to the left and tap on the app you wish to use.
- If you’re asked to okay the import, tap Yes.

Other apps have different ways of accessing routes but once the route is loaded into the app, all you have to do is find the route in the various menus.

A PDF file of the instructions can be downloaded at GPX Files Use