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I am bringing my family to the Charleston area the second week of July. I plan to bring my pontoon boat since the grandchildren will be with us this trip. I remember a railroad bridge next to the Cypress Garden launch and if my memory serves me correctly it may be a tight fit for a pontoon boat. Can anyone tell me if I can navigate it under the bridge? As I recall the bridge is low but I can lower the bimini top and  width may also be a problem. I plan to launch at Bushy Park then run to dam and back. We are staying at Foster Creek Villas at the Naval Weapons Station. Thanks 

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I will tell you this, and you can take it to the bank.  I have had several friends think they could float close to the Naval Weapons Station yard and sight see.  There is a distance you must keep from it, and all military vessels. Learn it and exercise these requirements unless you want to be staring down a BUNCH of vessels with some very nice firepower trained on you and your occupants.  They just don't fool around. 

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On June 19, 2016 at 10:20 AM, keeganzpapa said:

I will tell you this, and you can take it to the bank.  I have had several friends think they could float close to the Naval Weapons Station yard and sight see.  There is a distance you must keep from it, and all military vessels. Learn it and exercise these requirements unless you want to be staring down a BUNCH of vessels with some very nice firepower trained on you and your occupants.  They just don't fool around. 

Thanks. I was stationed at the Naval Weapons Station for 8 years. I am familiar with the security practices. Your are correct it is not a joke but the area I am asking about is not around the weapons station security area, but thanks for the info.

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http://www.sciway.net/sc-photos/berkeley-county/cooper-river.html

Bushy Park Boat Landing into the Back River looks like a straight shot to the Cooper.

Pull that map down a little south & the satellite shot shows it pretty good.

A-Jay

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23 hours ago, A-Jay said:

http://www.sciway.net/sc-photos/berkeley-county/cooper-river.html

Bushy Park Boat Landing into the Back River looks like a straight shot to the Cooper.

Pull that map down a little south & the satellite shot shows it pretty good.

A-Jay

Thanks A-jay for the research. Bushy Park launch is where I had planned to launch. The Back River is the route I had planned to travel and the bridge in question, next to the Cypress Garden launch, is actually on the Back River. I had mistakenly called the Cooper River. my mistake. You are correct it is a straight shot to the cooper and eliminates running a long trip running in brackish water(Cooper River). Thanks again......Al

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