Ramrod Channel: The channel is 17 ft wide and not wide enough to safely accommodate passing vessels. When using the channel, yield to any vessel already in the channel. Only one boat at a time unless following another boat.
Channel Markers: BBECA installs and maintains the channel markers along our entrance channel using dues income and donations from our members. The current Chairman of the Channel Marking Committee is Paul Gerson. Please call Paul at 872-2780 if you have questions or would like to volunteer for the Committee.
No Wake Zone: Please observe the No Wake Zone in all canals. If you can see waves coming off your boat or lapping against the shore, then you are going too fast. Also, please do not “double park” boats in the canals (which are only 30 feet wide) so that others can pass safely.
Tides. You can accurately gauge the tide levels for Ramrod Key and Niles Channel by making the following corrections to the Key West tides reported in newspapers, web sites or on the Channel 16 local weather report: Low Tide, add 1¼ hours; High Tide, subtract ¼ hour.
The following sites provide detailed tide data:
Important Boating Information: https://floridakeys.noaa.gov/onthewater/boating.html
Chart & Aerial Photos: The chart and photos included here are for your viewing pleasure only, and should not be relied upon for navigation. You should always have a current navigation chart on hand when you venture out to sea. Click on the thumbnails below to display larger views.