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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Marina

Posted by admin | Posted on 08-20-2008

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14. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Marina
305-451-6325
http://www.pennekamppark.com/
Lat/Lon: near 25 07.432 North/080 24.405 West
Location: approach cuts west from Hawk Channel south of Lower Sound Point, north-northwest of Mosquito Bank’s flashing daybeacon #35
Transient dockage: Available
Transient dockage rate: $26.00 flat fee (up to 12 foot beam), $52.00 flat fee (12 to 18-foot beam)
Type of dockage: floating concrete and fixed wooden slips and face docks
Total number of slips/berths: 8
Dockside Power Connections: 20-30-50 amp
Dockside Fresh Water Connections: Available
Showers: Available – in the campground ¼ mile from docks
Laundromat: Available – in the campground ¼ mile from docks
Restaurant: none on-site and a meager selection nearby
Restaurant Recommendations: D-Hooker Sports Bar & Grill (305-451-4105) 1/4 mile away
Provisioning Possibilities: concession stand on premises or take taxi to Publix 1 1/2 mile away
LPG (Propane) Availability: walk to Circle K convenience store for LPG tank exchange right next door
Waste pump-out: Available
Free Wi-Fi Internet Access: Available
Depths: 6 foot minimum depths

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Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (6)

In Key Largo, depending on your draft, John Pennecamp park has moorings with great access to many local restaurants, the Fish House and Shipwrecks at the top. Too many waterholes to list, Most with great sunset views. Fishing, diving and snorkeling choices are many. Don’t miss snorkeling Molasses Reef or a dive on the Spiegel Grove. Ocean divers has a great dive program. Swim with the dolphins at dolphins plus.
Then spend some time enjoying boating.
Hank

It’s fun to stay at John Pennekamp State Park on Key Largo. They have a few slips for big or small boats and lots of mooring space for small boats. We stayed there in our 53 ft. Hatteras right at the park dock. Very interesting to go in through the marked mangrove channels and plenty of water depth with minimum of 5 ft. plus. Take the park boat to snorkel or scuba at the underwater state park coral reef or just go out and grab a free govt. mooring ball with your own boat (watch the charts carefully). Great park to walk around there and some minimal park type food, but nothing else you can walk to.
Depending on how far you usually cruise, you can easily make that your only stop between Marathon and Miami with two 50 NM days or so.
Doug

It was with some trepidation that we decided to come into the park~ after all the cruising descriptions ” CRASH CORNER”, and “DANGEROUS TURN” gave some pause! Channel is well marked, we never saw less than 6′ on a mid tide, all the Cruise Boat ( they have a set schedule so you can call ahead and avoid the big cruise boat if need be) and Dive Boat operators are courteous and the Park Dockmaster Scott coudn’t be more welcoming. There is laundry on premises and several nice restaurants, a Publix and a West Marine are within a mile walk. Slips have electric, water and there is a good working pump out. We are delighted we made the stop.
RICHARD & NEENA RODGERS
MV SLOOPLESS

We stayed three nights over Thanksgiving weekend 2010. The facilities were fine, but the showers weren’t available since a contractor was working on the park facilities. Our only complaint was the no-see-ums, which were voracious when the wind wasn’t howling. Helpful folks at the marina, and acted like they were actually glad we were there!

Jana and I enjoyed 2 days at Pennecamp between xmas and new years on our 45′ sundancer (Sun Dog). If you carefully stay in the marked channel, you’ll be fine. We never saw less than 6′ depths.
Mike Griffin

John Pennekamp park. Weʼve stayed at the marina and on a mooring. The marina is really for commercial tourist boats and not well suited for pleasure craft. The Lagoon entrance is shallow, maybe 4 feet, the moorings limited (get reservations) and have little protection from strong northerlies. To enjoy the park you must dinghy around back to the marina. Restaurants and Publix are within walking distance.
Bob and Toni Dorman

I called John Pennecamp Park Marina to ask about a slip. They said that the channel in was only 4.5 feet deep at high tide and that the bottom was rocky. Definitely not for me — I draw 5.5
Dick Mills
SV Tarwathie

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