Merrimack Boaters Warned of South Jetty Danger

This sat photo taken prior to the jetty repairs shows the jumble of boulders that could pose a danger to boaters.
This sat photo taken prior to the jetty repairs shows the jumble of boulders that could pose a danger to boaters.

The Army Corps of Engineers is wrapping up its $2.5 million repair of the Plum Island (South) jetty at the mouth of the Merrimack River, However, an old section of the original jetty exists at the very end, and many of these rocks are submerged at low tide. This jumble of hidden rocks could pose a danger to boaters who think that deep water surrounds the end of the visible, repaired section of jetty at high water.

“The perception is it’s going to throw people off because they are going to think that they fixed the whole jetty,” Newburyport harbormaster Paul Hogg was quoted as saying in the Newburyport News. “Some people cut across that area, and there are a lot of fishermen who troll close to the jetties.”

Read more about the potential danger to boaters at the Merrimack jetties.