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The Alamitos Bay entrance is marked by two stone jetties which enter the bay in
a NNE direction. On the Western jetty is a 25 foot, 6 second green flashing light,
also with a foghorn. The entrance is located approximately 030 degrees magnetic
at 1.1 5 miles from the East end of the Long Beach Breakwater; and
approximately 285 degrees magnetic at 1.1 miles from the Anaheim Bay
(Huntington Harbor) channel entrance.
Take care when entering Alamitos Bay that you identify both stone jetties. One to
port and one to starboard. The San Gabriel River sits directly on the Southeast
side of the Eastern jetty. It becomes extremely shallow quickly, and its bottom is
dotted with wrecks and rocky shoals. Therefore, enter Alamitos Bay only when
you can identify jetties within 100 yards on both sides of your boat.
The Alamitos Bay Channel is marked with a series of centerline buoys. Stay to
starboard of this row when traveling in either direction. Also be aware that a silt
pumping barge sometimes sits in the channel to clear out shoal areas. It is well
marked with round yellow cans. Stay more then 20 feet from these
cans as they
are usually attached to hose hanging below the surface.
The speed limit throughout Alamitos Bay, including the entrance channel, is 5
m.p.h., strictly enforced by the Long Beach Marine Bureau patrol boats.
There is a fixed bridge across
Marine Stadium with a fixed span clearance of 32 feet. A fixed
bridge with a clearance of 11 feet crosses the junction of W waterway
and Marine Stadium. A fixed bridge with a clearance of 11 feet
crosses the E waterway off Marine Stadium that leads to a NE
basin. A fixed bridge with a clearance of 4 feet crosses the W
waterway between Naples and Belmont Shore. The five fixed bridges
crossing the Rivo Also Canal on Naples Island have a least clearance of
7 feet and the power cable has a reported clearance of 55 feet.