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Archive For: Anchorages2 Inside Passage, Blackwater Sound to Tavernier Creek

  • 28. Blackwater Sound–Cross Key Anchorage

    28. Blackwater Sound–Cross Key Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1134.5
    Lat/Lon: near 25 10.906 North/080 24.135 West
    Location: on the charted 7-foot waters west-northwest of flashing daybeacon #38
    Minimum depth: 5-feet
    Swing Room: unlimited
    Foul Weather Shelter: fair to poor, protected ONLY from northern and northeastern winds

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  • 29. Blackwater Sound–Sexton Cove Anchorage

    29. Blackwater Sound–Sexton Cove Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1135
    Lat/Lon: near 25 09.957 North/080 23.598 West
    Location: Sexton Cove indents the shores of northeastern Blackwater Sound, immediately south of charted Lake Surprise
    Minimum depth: 5 to 6-feet
    Swing Room: unlimited
    Foul Weather Shelter: good, but open to western southwestern and northwestern winds

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  • 30. Blackwater Sound–Stellrecht Point Anchorage

    30. Blackwater Sound–Stellrecht Point Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1136
    Lat/Lon: near 25 09.335 North/080 23.862 West
    Location: on the east side waters of Blackwater Sound, south of charted Stellrecht Point
    Minimum depth: 6-feet
    Swing Room: unlimited
    Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to western, southwestern and northwestern winds

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  • 31. Blackwater Sound–Bush Point Anchorage

    31. Blackwater Sound–Bush Point Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1136.5
    Lat/Lon: near 25 09.064 North/080 26.206 West
    Location: resides on the charted tongue of 6 1/2%f-foot waters west-northwest of Bush Point, and west of unlighted daybeacon #40
    Minimum depth: 6 ½ – foot depths in the anchorage, but during the approach, it’s easy to wander into 5-foot soundings
    Swing Room: unlimited
    Foul Weather Protection: fair to poor, sheltered ONLY from southern, southwestern and southeastern winds

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  • 32. Tarpon Basin Northern Anchorage

    32. Tarpon Basin Northern Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1139.5
    Lat/Lon: 25 07.856 North/080 25.954 West
    Location: on the waters of Tarpon Bay, north of unlighted daybeacon #48A and west of flashing daybeacon #48
    Minimum depth: 6 to 7 feet
    Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
    Foul Weather Shelter: Good
    Waste Pump-out Availability: Monroe County provides a free pump-out boat at Tarpon Basin anchorage. It services the area from North Key Largo to Matecumbe Bight. Call (305)747-2388 or Ch-9. For more information go to
    http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/index.aspx?NID=442

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  • 33. Tarpon Basin Southern Anchorage

    33. Tarpon Basin Southern Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1139.5
    Lat/Lon: 25 07.438 North/080 25.937 West
    Location: on the waters of Tarpon Bay, south of unlighted daybeacon #48A and west of flashing daybeacon #48
    Minimum depth: 6 feet
    Swing Room: unlimited
    Foul Weather Shelter: fair to good
    Waste Pump-out Availability: Monroe County provides a free pump-out boat at Tarpon Basin anchorage. It services the area from North Key Largo to Matecumbe Bight. Call (305)747-2388 or Ch-9. For more information go to
    http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/index.aspx?NID=442

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  • 34. Tarpon Basin Interior Anchorage

    34. Tarpon Basin Interior Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1139.5
    Lat/Lon: 25 07.439 North/080 25.180 West
    Location: on the waters of Tarpon Bay, off this body of water’s eastern banks, near the charted “Micro Tr”
    Minimum depth: 5 feet, BUT you must successfully follow an unmarked channel into the anchorage
    Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
    Foul Weather Shelter: Good in all but particularly strong western winds
    Waste Pump-out Availability: Monroe County provides a free pump-out boat at Tarpon Basin anchorage. It services the area from North Key Largo to Matecumbe Bight. Call (305)747-2388 or Ch-9. For more information go to
    http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/index.aspx?NID=442

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  • 35. Buttonwood Sound–Northeastern Anchorage

    35. Buttonwood Sound–Northeastern Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1141
    Lat/Lon: near 25 07.116 North/080 26.604 West
    Location: on the waters northeast of flashing daybeacon #54, West
    Minimum depth: 6-feet
    Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
    Foul Weather Shelter: fair to poor, open to all BUT northern, northeastern and northwestern winds

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  • 36. Buttonwood Sound–Central – Western Anchorage

    36. Buttonwood Sound–Central – Western Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1142
    Lat/Lon: near 25 06.540 North/080 27.705 West
    Location: on the band of deep-water buffering the western side of the Waterway as it crosses the midsection of Buttonwood Sound
    Minimum depth: 6-foot depths
    Swing Room: unlimited
    Foul Weather Shelter: poor

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  • 37. Buttonwood Sound–Central – Eastern Anchorage

    37. Buttonwood Sound–Central – Eastern Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1142
    Lat/Lon: near 25 06.402 North/080 27.120 West
    Location: on the band of deep-water buffering the eastern side of the Waterway as it crosses the midsection of Buttonwood Sound
    Minimum depth: 6-foot depths
    Swing Room: unlimited
    Foul Weather Shelter: poor

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  • 38. Buttonwood Sound–Newport Anchorage

    38. Buttonwood Sound–Newport Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1142
    Lat/Lon: near 25 07.438 North/080 25.937 West
    Location: west of the charted position of Newport
    Minimum depth: 5 ½ feet
    Special Comment: within easy dinghy distance of the Upper Keys Sailing Club
    Swing Room: unlimited
    Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to western, southwestern and northwestern winds

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  • 39. Buttonwood Sound–Pelican Key Anchorage

    39. Buttonwood Sound–Pelican Key Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1142.5
    Lat/Lon: near 25 05.645 North/080 27.385 West
    Location: lies northwest of tiny Pelican Key
    Minimum depth: 5-feet, but depths rise rapidly as Pelican Key is approached
    Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
    Foul Weather Shelter: fair to poor, good protection only from southeastern winds

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  • 40. Buttonwood Sound–Sunset Cove Anchorage

    40. Buttonwood Sound–Sunset Cove Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1142.5
    Lat/Lon: near 25 05.570 North/080 26.926 West
    Location: on the waters of southeastern Buttonwood Sound, in charted Sunset Cove
    Minimum depth: 5-feet
    Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 48 feet
    Foul Weather Protection: fair, open to western, northern and northwestern winds

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  • 41. Rock Harbor Anchorage

    41. Rock Harbor Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1145.5
    Lat/Lon: near 25 03.256 North/080 29.525 West
    Location: found on the waters off the Key Largo shoreline, well south of flashing daybeacon #60
    Minimum depth: 5-feet
    Swing Room: unlimited
    Foul Weather Protection: poor, protected ONLY from southern and southeastern winds

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  • 42. Pigeon Key Anchorage

    42. Pigeon Key Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1146.5
    Lat/Lon: near 25 03.464 North/080 30.475 West
    Location: off the easterly shores of Pigeon Key, southwest of flashing daybeacon #60
    Minimum depth: 4 ½ feet
    Swing Room: unlimited
    Foul Weather Protection: poor

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  • 43. Back-country – Butternut Key Anchorage

    43. Back-country – Butternut Key Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1147.5
    Lat/Lon: 25 04.869 North/080 31.208 West
    Location: on the waters southwest of Butternut Key, north of flashing daybeacon #61
    Minimum depth: 5 feet
    Swing Room: unlimited
    Foul Weather Protection: poor, only shelter from northeasterly winds is afforded

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  • 44. Back-country – Bottle Key Anchorage

    44. Back-country – Bottle Key Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1147.5
    Lat/Lon: 25 04.183 North/080 32.687 West
    Location: on the waters well east of Bottle Key, northwest of flashing daybeacon #61
    Minimum depth: 5 feet, but depths rise rapidly as the shores of Bottle Key are approached
    Swing Room: unlimited Foul Weather Protection: poor

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  • 45. Back-country – Manatee Keys Anchorage

    45. Back-country – Manatee Keys Anchorage
    Statute Mile:1147.5
    Lat/Lon: 25 04.587 North/080 36.284 West
    Location: on the charted bubble of deep water well east of Manatee Keys
    Minimum depth: 5 feet, but you must follow a long, unmarked channel between the Waterway and the anchorage to maintain these depths
    Special Comment: Accessing this anchorage calls for a long cruise from the Waterway, following a long, unmarked channel – I just couldn’t help giving this haven a two anchor rating anyway, as it is so beautiful and well off the beaten trac
    Swing Room: unlimited Foul Weather Protection: poor
    Foul Weather Shelter: Poor, open to all but southwesterly winds

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