October 11th, 2013 The relaxing Cumberland River FINALLY!

12 Oct
Entrance to  Green Turtle Bay Marina, mile 32 @ Berkley Lake on the Cumberland

Entrance to Green Turtle Bay Marina, mile 32 @ Berkley Lake on the Cumberland

Green Turtle Bay Marina, mile 32 @ Berkley Lake on the Cumberland

Green Turtle Bay Marina, mile 32 @ Berkley Lake on the Cumberland

 Green Turtle Bay Marina, mile 32 @ Berkley Lake on the Cumberland

Green Turtle Bay Marina, mile 32 @ Berkley Lake on the Cumberland

Sign at entrance to Green Turtle Bay Marina

Sign at entrance to Green Turtle Bay Marina

Beautiful building overlooking the mouth of the Cumberland River & wing dam that protects it from the Ohio over-run

Beautiful building overlooking the mouth of the Cumberland River & wing dam that protects it from the Ohio over-run

Inside Berkley Lock.  We

Inside Berkley Lock. We

Asian Carp jumping @ Berkley Dam & Lock

Asian Carp jumping @ Berkley Dam & Lock

Asian Carp jumping @ Berkley Dam & Lock.  We had to wait 2 hours to go through lock.

Asian Carp jumping @ Berkley Dam & Lock. We had to wait 2 hours to go through lock.

Huge stone grinding location on the Cumberland.  The largest of many we have seen so far.  It's enough to make Tussy cry

Huge stone grinding location on the Cumberland. The largest of many we have seen so far. It’s enough to make Tussy cry

Huge stone grinding location on the Cumberland.  The largest of many we have seen so far.  It's enough to make Tussy cry

Huge stone grinding location on the Cumberland. The largest of many we have seen so far. It’s enough to make Tussy cry

Huge stone grinding location on the Cumberland.  The largest of many we have seen so far.  It's enough to make Tussy cry

Huge stone grinding location on the Cumberland. The largest of many we have seen so far. It’s enough to make Tussy cry

Huge stone grinding location on the Cumberland.  The largest of many we have seen so far.  It's enough to make Tussy cry

Huge stone grinding location on the Cumberland. The largest of many we have seen so far. It’s enough to make Tussy cry

Huge stone grinding location on the Cumberland.  The largest of many we have seen so far.  It's enough to make Tussy cry

Huge stone grinding location on the Cumberland. The largest of many we have seen so far. It’s enough to make Tussy cry

Today we headed up the Cumberland River.  Departed @7:15 AM to head around some confusing traffic & parked barges everywhere.  Once we were actually in the river we found it very small compared to the previous 3 rivers but very pretty.  We met no barges except those stopped on the sides of the river until we reached Berkley Lock, the only lock we needed to transit today.  We waited there 2 hours but once through the marina, “Green Turtle Bay Marina” was only 1 mile further upstream @ mile 32.  We arrived @ 3:00 PM, a nice short day.

We learned we were extremely lucky passing through the lock below Alton on the Miss. & the 2 locks on the Ohio.  Another looper we had met in Alton tried to leave the day after us & was turned back because of a lock blockage on the Miss.  Yesterday the wickets on the Ohio were down so we were able to cruise right through but just before anchoring last night we noticed many barges just sitting idle in the river & noticed a couple areas where we had less than 5’ of water under our keel.  This morning we found out the Ohio water level was to low to permit barge navigation so the wickets were being raised to increase the depth of the river.  We were SO lucky!  After doing 11 kts in places on the Miss. we struggled to do 5 on the Ohio but today was not as bad as we were able to do about 6kts on the Cumberland.

Em & Bev

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