Boaters need good maps of the Florida Intracoastal Waterway to safely navigate the waterway, which is not always clearly marked for some sections and smaller channels. The Florida Intracoastal Waterway is a section of the Intracoastal Waterway, which is a system of canals, inlets, bays, saltwater rivers and sounds that provide a water route for small boats and larger vessels to traverse the American coastline.
The Florida Intracoastal Waterway begins at mile marker 715 on the Georgia border and travels through many swamps and wide rivers on its 380-mile course to mile marker 1095, which marks the departure point to Key Biscayne. Along the way it passes through most of the major Florida cities, including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
The Intracoastal Waterway system is 3,000-mile long water highway that was established in 1787 to provide a method of safe transportation and commerce down the Atlantic coastline. As American land acquisitions grew, the waterway was extended around Florida and across the Gulf of Mexico to the mouth of the Mississippi River. Today the system is part of The Great Loop, which allows for circumnavigation of the Eastern United States by boat using the Intracoastal Waterway, the Mississippi River and its tributaries, the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.