America's Great Loop
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|How many boaters have actually cruised the Great Loop? And who are
How many? I'm not sure anyone knows the answer to that. While some records are available, for
sure there are many that just slip through the Locks so to speak. Based on information from ACE
(Army Corp of Engineers) approximately 600 to 700 recreational boaters are passing "one way south"
through the Chicago Locks and the Corp of Engineers' Electronic Fish Barrier on the Illinois River
annually. They should know as they keep records and there is no other waterway route around this
area which is just below that 19' 1" fixed bridge "ALL Loopers" must go under.
Based on feedback from our website and News Letter subscribers, we know that 'to date'; out of all
"our" subscribers, so far only 1 out of every 230 have indeed cruised the Great Loop so far. When we
add that to the AGLCA figures, and the ACE records, it appears very possible that 700 a year are now
making this journey.
Obviously, we see "Loopers" along the way flying the AGLCA Burgee. Likewise, there are Loopers
that don't purchase the $40.00 Burgee and therefore don't fly it. And there are those that have no
idea. In fact, I ran across one guy that was flying it who hadn't done the Loop, wasn't planning on doing
the Loop, and said it came with the boat. So who knows who or how many? For sure however, this
voyage is getting more popular each and every day.
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