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KatfishKayak
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Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:54 pm
Did I dream it, or did I see a dredge moving into place at Topsail inlet?

I read some stuff from the Corp of Engineers from last year, but I didn't know they were actually going to get to work on it. Sure will be nice to be able to read that inlet on a bumpy day!
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Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:50 pm
Dredge moved into the area about a month ago and started over in the waterway, working through the creeks towards the inlet. The letter that was sent out locally made it out to be more of a 2 for 1 deal; dredging the creeks from the waterway to the inlet as well as dredging the inlet AND beach renourishment. Don't recall the specifics on dates but the letter mentioned ending sometime around the end of March to avoid disturbing turtle nesting and then resuming in the fall after nesting season. It just did not make clear exactly when the dredging in the inlet itself would be completed...as usual with Topsail, good luck and be safe!  
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Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:24 pm
I found this. Reading this I am not sure if the inlet will be dredged now or later in the year. http://www.topsailbeach.org/
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KatfishKayak
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Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:10 pm
Thanks for the info. I saw it was in the creek now, which is good since that thing is pretty much impassable for much more than a C-Skiff. I guess the storm finished closing it up.

I haven't run the inlet since before the storm, and the Corp of Engineers shows that it moved a good bit south after the storm (almost to the edge of Lea Island). It's that exit into the ocean that's the killer though. With any kind of a sea, it's hard to spot what little channel there is. I'd sure be tickled to see them clear that up!

I read somewhere (but can't find the article now), according to the CoE report, the plan is to dredge to 16', and to widen the inlet to 500' (instead of from the previous 150'). That should make it reasonably nice for a season or two, pending storms, and also provide plenty of spoils for beach re-nourishment on the island.

But yeah, safe passage is always key. When in doubt, I run to Masonboro.
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Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:10 am
I believe Topsail Inlet is a shallow water inlet. By law they cannot dredge a shallow water inlet deeper than 8'. We had the president of Carolina Beach Inlet Association at our fishing club last year and he laid out all of the information. He was actually one of the best guest speaker we had.
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Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:14 am
NC shallow draft inlets.

But the fate of the state’s other shallow-draft inlets is up in the air. In addition to Bogue, they are New River, North Topsail, Carolina Beach and Lockwood Folly inlets.
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They were hard at work, yesterday in the "S" curve..... ICM
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