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Banana River Anchorages

Posted by admin | Posted on 04-01-2007

Banana River Anchorages
Statute Mile: 914
near 28 08.601 North/080 36.162 West (anchorage south of Mathers Bridge, and east of Dragon Point)
near 28 09.067 North/080 36.415 West (anchorage north of Mathers Bridge)
Location: on the waters of extreme southern Banana River, north and south of the charted Mathers 7-foot swing bridge
Minimum Depth: 8-feet
Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 48 feet
Foul Weather Protection: Good, particularly on the southerly of these two anchorages


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Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (4)

We spent several days here this April, amchored between the abandoned home on the Point and the yacht club in 15+ feet, in windy conditions. Great holding. Although Anchorage Yacht Basin, the marina directly at the entrance to the anchorage, no longer offers a dinghy dock because of misuse by cruisers several years ago, we used a sandy beach just east of the marina, with no problems from law enforcement. The marina said this spot is used all of the time. Must be because there is a well worn path up to the street, right past the No Trespassing sign.

Yes, but you can go ashore on the SR 518 causeway and its just a short walk to the C (convenience) store!

I am currently off Dragon Point and like it much. Watch out you don’t go inward of unmarked pilings. It gets shallow quick.
Tie dink in abandoned lot behind gas station, Publix and shopping [center].
Was speaking to Sargent of local police when he realized after 15 min we were standing by a “NO TRESPASSSING” sign. Like everywhere I guess enforcement depends by your attitude and how well you clean up after yourself.
Nancy Ojard

Subject: Dragon Point Anchorage
Cruising News: Has anyone anchored off Dragon Point or used the anchorage at the mouth of the Banana River recently? It appears the local community has a ban on anchoring and the marinas won’t allow a dinghy to tie up. If so, why bother stopping there? Or are we missing something?
Rick Emerson

As expected, the anchoring ban has been overruled by the change in the new anchoring law. However, the area marinas are still adamant about not allowing dinghies from anchored boats to tie up. Friends stayed in the area because they had to go ashore for business reasons. Their only choice was to take a slip at, in their case, Telemar Bay Marina.
Rick Emerson

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