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What Makes Mayport and Sisters Creek crossing super choppy???

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What Makes Mayport and Sisters Creek crossing super choppy???

Old 03-14-2019, 05:41 PM
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Default What Makes Mayport and Sisters Creek crossing super choppy???

I am not the best at paying close attention to the tide and wind direction when I am out boating. Sometimes the crossing intersection at St Johns River and the Sisters Creek entrance is nice and smooth and other times you can see 3 footers when you are crossing the river.

Has anyone payed close attention so that they can predict what the water will be like in certain conditions?

I will be going out tomorrow with another family and there will be three kids ranging from 3-6 on board so i don't want to make that crossing if the waves are pretty bad. I can either put in at Sisters Creek boat ramp and only have a 15 minute boat ride to Ft George sandbars or I can put in at Beach Blvd and have a nice 30-40 minute cruise before the sandbar.

We will be putting in around 11-12 and the tide will be rising (low tide at 9:53) and the winds appear to be ESE at 8-10 MPH.

Low tide has the river RIPPING through that intersection and I would assume an East wind would be going against the current which should chop up the river???? Thoughts from locals?
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:09 PM
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Man, I know that area well and I never recall it being exceedingly rough.. If you put in at sisters it's a non event.. So maybe do that..

From where the ICE hits the river to sisters is what.. 1mile?

Better safe, just uses sisters

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Old 03-15-2019, 04:35 AM
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Yeah, sometimes I honestly have seen 3 footers coming from all angles at that crossing. I wish there was a way to view the area before going to beach blvd ramp but that is quite a bit out of the way. I guess I will put in at Sisters Creek and just run further north of Ft George and then turn around and go to the sandbar to give everyone a longer ride.
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:21 AM
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Opposing strong winds to strong Current makes chop anywhere. And a short chop at that!
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