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    • Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory

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      Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of Eastern Florida anchorages, arranged in a rough, north to south, geographic format. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of EF Anchorages to those in a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “Eastern Florida.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “EF Anchorages.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear. The first selection is “All Eastern Florida Anchorages,” which is where you are now. Below this selection, however, you will find listed 12 Eastern Florida geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of EF anchorages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

    • Fernandina Beach Waterfront Mooring Field

      Fernandina Beach Waterfront Mooring Field  (NOTE: No mooring balls as of October, 2016, due to Matthew)
      Statute Mile: 716.5
      Lat/Lon: near 30 40.204 North/081 28.147 West
      Location: just off the Fernandina Beach waterfront and hard by flashing daybeacon #12
      Minimum Depth: 6 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair, wide open to southwestern and, to a lesser extent, northeastern breezes

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      Comments from Cruisers (5)

      1. Mark and Diana Doyle -  December 27, 2012 - 10:51 am

        Payment in Person
        Some sources mistakenly report that you need to dinghy ashore to pay the mooring fee. In our experience (two visits), this is not the case. If you don’t have a dinghy, or don’t feel like launching your dink, simply phone Fernandina Harbor Marina at 904-491-2090. You can provide your credit card information over the phone.
        The rates have increased slightly, posted on their website as: $20/day for a mooring, $3/day for dinghy dockage, and $7/day for dinghy dockage with shower access. Weekly rates are available. More rate details — including the marina’s tiered pricing for inside versus outside slips — are here: http://www.fbfl.us/index.aspx?NID=102

        Farmer’s Market
        And while you’re in the area, don’t forget the Fernandina Beach Market Place. It’s a popular farmers’ market a short walk from the dinghy dock, gathering every Saturday from 0900-1300 hrs.
        Mark and Diana Doyle

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      2. Way Happy -  November 19, 2011 - 4:57 pm

        We stayed at this anchorage on 11-18-11, and there was a fairly strong northerly wind, and it was quite challenging anchoring because the strong current made it difficult to get the nose of the boat to point into the wind. Our boat sat at a funny angle to the wind all night and it was somewhat uncomfortable. The wind also blew very foul smelling fumes from the two factories nearby all over the anchorage. Not pleasant. The town of Fernandina is very nice, however, and there is a fabulous farmers market on main street on Saturday mornings. You can also take showers at the Fernandina City marina for just a few dollars.
        Way Happy

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      3. Knot Tide Down -  November 12, 2009 - 2:52 pm

        We are a 41′ trawler and used them in May 09 and loved it….just call them and they pass you a mooring number and you have full use of all the facilities. Nice town too…..we will go back. Plus it is a great place to get fuel…..
        Knot Tide Down
        Heading to Knoxville on the TN Rvr

        We just used them when we went by last week. Joe guesses when you call, they assign you a mooring ball for your vessel size. We saw some 47-45 footers on them. They are in the open. They have an area inside the marina that is $1 a foot that’s a little tight to get into so they mostly put boats on the seawall’s inside and outside ($1.75 a foot). Get there before too much wind, and if we got into an inside slip I know you can.
        Mik and Joe,
        Asian Lady

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      4. Pascal -  September 24, 2009 - 12:22 pm

        anchored there spring 09, but a little further north, at the end of the group of anchored boats SW of R10. good holding.. came in around 1am and i wasnt’ going to be picky about the views! just a safe stop to catch some zzzz
        pascal
        MY Charmer, 70′ Johnson

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    • Bells River Anchorages

      Bells River Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 716.5
      Lat/Lon:
      30 40.700 North/081 28.777 West (downstream anchorage, just north of intersection with Lanceford Creek)
      30 41.366 North/081 29.084 West (anchorage short of river’s turn to the west ‘“ after passing through this turn, the river splits)
      30 41.316 North/081 29.581 West (anchorage on western fork of Bells River, east of charted Tiger Basin)
      Location: these anchorages are located along the splintered course of Bells River ‘“ this stream intersects the ICW abeam of the Fernandina Beach waterfront, hard by flashing buoy #10
      Minimum Depth: 7 feet in the unmarked channel
      Swing Room:
      sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet in downstream anchorage
      sufficient room for vessels as large as 42 feet in anchorage short of river’s turn to the west
      sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet in anchorage on western fork of Bells River, east of charted Tiger Basin
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair in downstream anchorage ‘“ open to northern winds; Good in both upstream anchorages

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      1. George -  November 18, 2012 - 9:30 am

        We have anchored our 60′ LOA Hatteras with plenty of room in the north/south stretch of Bells River three times, twice below the charted shallow spot and once above. This is one of our favorite stops and we coincidentally rode out some bad weather in the fall of 2008 there. As noted there are some soft places, so take the time to get a good set.

        Great dinghy dock facility, but be courteous and check in with the marina. We had a very good experience with the marina when our generator had an issue, they quickly made a spot for us and got us a local tech pronto.

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      2. John Stevenson -  February 6, 2011 - 5:55 pm

        Rode out a 4-day storm in May, 2008 in the branch of the Bells that turns south between the two upstream anchor marks. Anchor did drag a couple of boat lengths when the winds went over 40 kts, then reset (44 Bruce on a 21000 lb ketch). Otherwise secure and at worst moderate seas. This storm dumped so much water in N. Fl that at high tide the Bells River became the Bells Lake. All of the marsh land that forms the banks were under several feet of water. The tops of the marsh grass was under water. With no channel marks in this portion of the river I would have had to blindly trust my chart plotter to re-anchor if the Bruce had not reset. Bottom line: A good anchorage, but if a really bad storm is coming I would now try to get into one of the marinas on Amelia Is. See also: http://www.svsarah.com/Sailing/ewBahamasNorth.html for more details on my adventure.

        John – SV Sarah

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      3. Joanne S. Woodward -  November 7, 2009 - 11:07 am

        We stayed in the “downstream” anchorage and it was fine with a good anchor and plenty of rode. A bit spalshy ride to town but that is what the dink is for. Great lunch intown. Another ruiser said the marina facilites (available to us on anchor, too) were really nice.

        J. S. Woodward – MV-Avalon

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    • Waterway Anchorage

      Waterway Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 718.5
      Lat/Lon: near 30 39.623 North/081 29.160 West
      Location: south of flashing daybeacon #1, just off the western shoreline of the combined track of the Amelia River and the ICW
      Minimum Depth: 6 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 55 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair to poor, particularly open to southern winds

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    • Jackson Creek Anchorage

      Jackson Creek Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 719.5
      Lat/Lon: near 30 38.700 North/081 29.014 West
      Location: off from the Waterway’s eastern banks just south of flashing daybeacon #3
      Minimum Depth: 6 feet BUT channel is MUCH narrower than appears to be the case at high tide
      Swing Room: sufficient room ONLY for vessels as large as 32 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair

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    • Upper Amelia River Anchorage

      Upper Amelia River Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 720
      Lat/Lon: near 30 38.367 North/081 29.697 West
      Location: on the waters of upper Amelia River, which intersects the ICW southwest of flashing daybeacon #7
      Minimum Depth: 7 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Good, except in unusually strong eastern and northeastern winds

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    • Alligator Creek Anchorage

      Alligator Creek Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 726
      Lat/Lon:
      30 34.491 North/081 28.288 West (anchorage south of intersection with Alligator Creek
      30 34.690 North/081 28.127 West (anchorage northeast of intersection with Alligator Creek)
      Location: entrance lies north-northeast of the ICW’s unlighted daybeacon #36
      Minimum Depth: 6 ½ feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair to good, but open to southwestern and northeastern winds

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      Comments from Cruisers (4)

      1. Chris and Janet -  June 1, 2013 - 10:35 am

        Anchored here last week to await next day high tide at Amelia River “1″
        Entered at half tide (range was 7.1 ft) with 5.5 ft draft strongly favoring R”36″ and going mid-creek after that to the southern spot. Lowest reading was 12 feet (~8.5 ft at low water). Water ebb/flood out/in western leg did not come beyond center line of lower creek so we favored eastern side when anchoring. Otherwise it would be a bit swirly.
        Speedboat traffic short cutting the oxbow makes it rolly here. Definitely need a low level anchor light that illuminates the boat — background lights in the trees on Amelia City side confuse the picture.
        Chris and Janet

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      2. Has Royer s/v/Skye -  May 30, 2013 - 9:29 pm

        Anchored here on 4/13/13. Entered and exited by the south end. Came in near low tide and bounced twice. Have anchored here last year also and find holding is good. Current is not too bad and protection is good. Waited in morning for rising tide, no problem leaving. Would rate it a 3 because of the problems entering at a lower tide. s/v Skye

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      3. max miller -  April 7, 2012 - 9:59 am

        We anchored here recently and found the water deep and holding good. Our spade dug in instantly.

        Our 2009 copy of Skipper Bob’s Guide to Anchorages warns not to enter or leave through the northern end of the anchorage but we found good water in the center when we left northbound.

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      4. Ron and Audrey -  May 5, 2010 - 8:48 am

        Stayed here the night of 5-3-10
        We entered from the southern end at low tide lowest we saw was 5.5 ft Holding was good and had plenty of swing room for our 55′ fdmy
        The dolphins kept us company in the evening and in the morning there was a bald eagle standing on the shoreline.
        We would anchor here again.
        Ron & Audrey
        Lucky Girl

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    • Fort George River Anchorage

      Fort George River Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 735
      Lat/Lon: near 30 26.460 North/081 26.285 West
      Location: lies just west of unlighted daybeacon #5 ‘“ the westerly entrance to Fort George River, from the ICW, lies east-southeast of flashing daybeacon #72
      Minimum Depth: 6 feet minimum in the channel
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels only as large as 36 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair, except with strong eastern winds in the offing

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      1. Larry Sherman -  November 30, 2013 - 4:33 am

        We rode out a tropical storm about 6 1\2 years ago anchored off the plantation house and the sandbar. The storm was an early season storm that caught us off guard, forming and coming across Florida in 24 hours!! We weathered the storm fine; one boat drug anchor and re-anchored, another shredded their roller furled jib. Not a hurricane hole for sure!
        Larry Sherman

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      2. Jean Thomason -  November 27, 2013 - 10:26 am

        On another subject, I would like to recommend that folks don’t anchor east of Kingsley Plantation House near the Kayak landing. We had successfully anchored there before, but on this trip, we anchored mid-channel in 16+ ft of water at high tide. During the night a NE wind came up and blew is up onto the beach which slopes more gradually than the shore in front of the house. Suffice it to say, we spent an uncomfortable couple of hours sitting in the dark on the high side of our trawler watching the starboard side of the boat go down with the tide. We have been blown to the south side of the river in front of the house and still had enough depth.
        From now on we will anchor in front of the house!
        Jean Thomason

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      3. Greg and Donna -  April 25, 2013 - 9:17 am

        Stayed here 4 16 13, easy in and out, good depths, not great wind protection , but
        we held fine.
        Greg and Donna
        on Lady in Red

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      4. Will & Cheryl -  December 5, 2011 - 7:40 am

        Had no trouble exiting ICW to Ft George River. Anchored overnight 11/30/2011 opposite plantation main buildings by mark “5”. Depths 10’+, good holding. Dinghied to park dock just before ranger closed the gate to it at 1630. At dawn, slack tide left it to the wind to push us close to the southern shore. Started engine to keep us off. Tidal current took over again and gave us time to walk the plantation, before leaving mid morning. Recommend this anchorage.

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      5. Chris -  November 26, 2011 - 10:44 pm

        We anchored here winter of 2011. Came in at low tide. Sticking close to the southerly shore. Anchored initially just to the east of the plantation. We experienced a great deal of boat traffic. Center cockpit fishing boats racing through. Felt like we were taking up the whole river. I was not comfortable with it. Picked up and moved just to the south east of green #18 Chart showed a little 5 ft deep area .We draw 3’10” did a lot of sounding around to pick a spot as close to the north shore as possible. Felt better about it then being in the center of the channel. That night the “Flounder Barge” spent about 3 hours around the plantation. For those not familiar with the “Flounder Barge” from what I could tell it looked like a giant air-boat, with a huge generator on it. This was to power the billion candle spotlights used to search for the flounder. Being not only the loudest machine man has ever made. It appears to be one of the deadliest. It skims the shallow areas looking for prey. On the deck stand what seem to be drunken college kids with spears which they stab at whatever looks like something that might be alive on the bottom. The only thing louder then the generator and giant fan are the hoots of a successful kill. It was a tough night to sleep.

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      6. Allen Ames -  April 13, 2010 - 7:46 pm

        On 4/9/2010 we entered Fort George River from the ICW, passing closely to the ICW (R”72″) marker at the mouth and favoring the southern shore all the way past Kingsley Plantation. At dead low tide, we never saw less than 7 feet. We anchored just beyond the plantation and went ashore witht he dinghy for a very informative visit of a unique piece of American history. Lots of no-see-ums and it is a main thoroughfare for a bunch of center-cockpits in a hurry, but they are gone after dark. Lots of current too, but a nice anchorage and lovely spot.

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      7. Rick Emerson -  November 19, 2009 - 7:23 pm

        We’re presently in this anchorage, with two boats near G “3” and three closer to G “5”. We arrived at about half tide and found the bottom coming up uncomfortable quickly (6′ draft) as we approached the dock (shown as two pilings in the chart) for Kingsley Plantation (marked “ruins”), a National Park Service site. We opted for the bight on the north shore near the G “3”. There’s more swing room and holding is good. One source suggests following a line between Fl R “72” and R “2” to enter the river – don’t. It leads through a charted shoal. Instead, favor the north shore and follow current charts. Otherwise, this is a standard issue SE GA, NE FL anchorage with lots of marsh, no-see-ums, and tidal currents – but it sure is pretty.
        About the plantation – this is a good trip ashore. The park closes at 5PM but the dock closes at 4:30PM; “closes” means a ranger comes to the dock and chains the gate shut. Curiously, the same sign announcing the 4:30PM closing time also states that docking is limited to 59 minutes (one wonders what bureaucrat dreamed that up…). Plan your visit accordingly.

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      8. Capt Bill, s/v Kittiwake -  November 6, 2009 - 5:16 pm

        After leaving St Mary’s, Kittiwake stopped here for the 3rd time in 5 years. No trouble getting in , with tide rising (about mid-tide, almost full spring Nov 1), but had vibes. Sure enough, aobut 4 AM, front came through with some NW and N wind, and Kittiwake was heading for the plantation docks. Up the hook, ride around in the dark and settled in a little further West until enough light to start traveling. Can’t figure out anything I could have done different, but next time will try to Talbot River anchorage (oxbow on W side of ICW, just N of Ft George River anchorage) – not as much water or room – but talked to the folks anchored there overnight, it had better protection from NW and N in the south end.

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      9. Chris -  July 23, 2009 - 1:47 pm

        Subject: Fort George Depths
        Cruising News: Today, two hours before high tide we entered the Fort George River. In less than an eighth of a mile we were aground in the center of the channel. Exploratory moves north and south did not reveal water that would float our boat at low tide (we draw 5.5 ft). It looks to us as if there is a three foot +/- bar across the river mouth now.
        Chris Wain

        I e-mailed Captain Chris and asked for more details, and whether he could have mistakenly left the channel. He was kind enough to immediately reply:

        Claiborne,
        Anything is possible, but we stuck at 30:26.876 -81:26.720 . It may be that the channel was south of that but we didn’t find it. We have a policy of not ancoring upstream of anything we can’t cross at low tide, so we moved on to the open spot off Harrison Creek. Given the slick calm last night and E’ly this morning it was fine. The only traffic was dolphins.
        Chris

        Comments on Fort George River from other fellow cruisers:

        We spent the night at Kingsley Plantation February 15 this year on our way to the Bahamas. We went in with the tide under us with no problems anchoring in front of the plantation house near where the chart says ‘ruins’. Then next day (quoting from my February 16 log) “Got up both anchors and left the river at dead low tide with no problems.” Our boat is a Crealock 34 and draws 5 ft.
        Bill Murdoch
        Irish Eyes

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      10. Fred Reed -  July 23, 2009 - 1:40 pm

        Subject: Fort George River Anchorage (Statute Mile 735)
        Cruising News: Subject:Fort George River Depths
        AMARSE was anchored in the Ft. George River Anchorage the night of 04/15/09. Departing early in the morning of 04/16, we saw nothing less than 8.8 feet total depth even across the river mouth. The GPS tide chart indicated that we were 1.8 feet above MLW so that should have yielded at least 7 feet of water at MLW. We followed Skipper Bob’s advice to use the a range line using the
        R72 on the ICW and the R2 on the George River as range markers to intersect the waterway. We also followed his advice to favor the the southern shore on the George River to G5. I believe that this is a very good anchorage spot and don’t forget to use your window screens to avoid feeding the voracious “No-See-Ums”. (YMMV)
        Fred Reed
        M/V AMARSE
        Marine Trader Sundeck Draft 4 1/2

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    • One and Only Anchorage

      One and Only Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 744
      Lat/Lon: near 30 19.709 North/081 26.212 West
      Location: south of unlighted daybeacon #15, and just north of the San Pablo Bridge
      Minimum Depth: 10 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Very good

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      1. Mo and Mike -  October 23, 2013 - 12:05 pm

        Anchored here now, Tuesday the 22nd of October. We found the 15′ ish spot that was referenced. It’s on the NE side about 200′ yards away from the bridge near the marsh. We were (well, my husband Mike was) able to walk the dogs for a much needed stop.
        Yes, the traffic from the bridge is not serenity but it’s a nice spot. Only one abandoned sailboat here on the other shore near the docks – little Cat 22′ if I’m not mistaken.
        Men on the bridge (lower bridge) are fishing for trout after work. Current is quite strong it seems.
        That is the report from here. Day two of our adventure on our new boat – a 39′ Allied Mistress who’s been so well maintained it’s insane. God bless the prior owners, the Diechtrich’s from Canada!
        Mo & Mike (or Mike & Mo) from S/V Mi Amante

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      2. Sonny -  January 7, 2012 - 9:11 am

        Anchored here to-nite and the depth is 24 plus. Could not find the 10 -15 ft water. Noise from the bridge but other wise OK.
        Sonny

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      3. Jean Thomason -  December 7, 2009 - 11:42 am

        Dear Claiborne,
        We are back on board and moving south from Jacksonville. Tonight anchored off Pablo Creek on what you call “the one and only anchorage”. We couldn’t find those 10-15 foot depths you mention behind the three islands on the northern part of the creek. 20-35 ft was more like it close to low tide. We anchored in the northern mouth of the creek in 19 feet. There are a couple of old resident sailboats and a couple of moorings farther in behind the islands. Maybe we should have gone nearer to shore?
        Jean Thomason
        DOVEKIE

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    • Pine Island Loop Anchorage

      Pine Island Loop Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 765
      Lat/Lon: near 30 03.059 North/081 21.951 WestLocation: south of unlighted daybeacon #25, off the eastern banks of the Waterway
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 48 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Good, except during strong eastern and northeastern winds

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      1. Peter TenHaagen -  April 26, 2013 - 10:31 am

        A good stopover but make sure your hook is set – I dragged in February but had a soft landing next to the marsh and simply backed out. There is NO access except the south arm of the inlet – there is no water in the north part of the loop. Just go near the green marker and head east until you find a spot you like.
        Peter TenHaagen

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      2. Dean and Clare Bensley -  April 23, 2013 - 9:30 am

        I anchored at pine island loop on April 17 [2013] coming in from the south. Found 8 ft at low water and anchored to watch the birds. We use this anchorage routinely on our annual pilgrimage to the keys from Brunswick Landing Marina.
        Dean and Clare Bensley

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      3. Dick Litchfield -  May 22, 2010 - 7:09 pm

        When we arrived on 4/20/10, we found 3 sailboats and a trawler already there and all the prime spots taken. We took the last spot, out near the channel. Two other trawlers came later, looked for a spot, but finally gave up and proceeded back down river looking for an anchorage.
        Some shoaling at entrance. Buggy if winds are calm and especially if you turn lights on inside. Good holding.

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      4. Capt. Sterling -  April 28, 2010 - 12:25 pm

        Good anchorage, but anchor farther in if your concerned about the occasional wake. Quiet, no traffic after sunset.
        Captain Sterling

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      5. Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE) -  April 7, 2010 - 9:56 pm

        Anchored here April 6, 2010 with seven other boats. Wind was East in afternoon about 15K but died down at night. No-see-ums in the morning. Nice peaceful anchorage

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      6. David Maner -  November 13, 2009 - 12:19 pm

        In November 2009, we anchored in 12 feet of water with 7 other boats. Holding was very good and there were no mosquitoes. Wind was SE 10 to 12 kts.

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    • Shell Bluff Anchorage

      Shell Bluff Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 767.5
      Lat/Lon: near 30 01.342 North/081 20.977 West
      Location: north-northwest of flashing daybeacon #35
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room:
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair to poor; sheltered only from eastern and northeastern winds

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    • Open Anchorages

      Open Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 769
      Lat/Lon:
      29 59.782 North/081 19.872 West (anchorage east of flashing daybeacon #44)
      30 00.061 North/081 20.229 West (anchorage east, northeast of flashing daybeacon #41)
      Location: off the easterly flank of the ICW, between flashing daybeacons #41 and #44
      Minimum Depth: 8-feet, but unmarked shoals abound; use of a GPS chartplotter is recommended to safely access anchorage east, northeast of flashing daybeacon #41
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Poor; fair weather anchorages only

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    • Guana River Anchorage

      Guana River Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 770.5
      Lat/Lon: 29 59.611 North/081 19.302 West
      Location: off the eastern side of the ICW, south of unlighted daybeacon #44A
      Minimum Depth: 5-feet, but be advised that this is a navigationally difficult anchorage
      Special Note: this anchorage is rife with unmarked shoals, and even the main channel is subject to shoaling
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Good

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    • Waterway Anchorage

      Waterway Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 775
      Lat/Lon: near 29 55.628 North/081 18.247 West
      Location: lies south-southeast of flashing daybeacon #55
      Minimum Depth: 8-feet
      Swing Room: virtually unlimited
      Foul Weather Protection: Poor, fair weather anchorage only

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      1. Pascal -  September 24, 2009 - 12:25 pm

        spring 09
        I preferred a spot just south of R54 and the small island. good holding, off the ICW although there is really no traffic at night so wakes arent’ an issue.
        Pascal
        MY Charmer, 70′ Johnson

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    • Salt Run Anchorages

      Salt Run Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 776.5
      Lat/Lon:
      29 53,517 North/081 17.389 West (anchorage east of unlighted daybeacon #14)
      29 53.363 North/081 17.177 West (anchorage south, southeast of unlighted daybeacon #15)
      Location: on the waters of Salt Run, south-southeast of unlighted daybeacon #11
      Minimum Depth: 5 ½ feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair to good, open to northerly blows

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      1. Steve and Sheila Kamp aboard S/V Carolina -  November 22, 2011 - 7:16 am

        We pulled into Salt Run on the evening of the 20th of November and our first observation was “Wow, where did all the junk go?” Our second observation was that there were several lines of crab pots. Upon closer examination the crab pots were white mooring balls, very neatly identified as SR 1, etc. We coasted up to one, caught the painter, and soon had Carolina snugged in.
        Around 5:20 pm we were hailed by a St. Augustine Marina employee who got us registered, suggested a ball that had better for our draft, and we paid our $14.00 fee for the night.
        We were given a card identifying the ball and the date which gave us access to everything we would have had at the City Marina, other than water and electric.
        We fully understand the controversy over anchoring rights in and around various Florida municipalities, but having experienced what St. Augustine has accomplished, are very satisfied with the product.
        Steve and Sheila Kamp aboard S/V Carolina

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      2. Steve Kamp -  November 22, 2011 - 7:04 am

        We pulled into Salt Run on the evening of the 20th of November and our first observation was “Wow, where did all the junk go?” Our second observation was that there were several lines of crab pots. Upon closer examination the crab pots were white mooring balls, very neatly identified as SR 1, etc. We coasted up to one, caught the painter, and soon had Carolina snugged in.
        Around 5:20 pm we were hailed by a St. Augustine Marina employee who got us registered, suggested a ball that had better for our draft, and we paid our $14.00 fee for the night.
        We were given a card identifying the ball and the date which gave us access to everything we would have had at the City Marina, other than water and electric.
        We fully understand the controversy over anchoring rights in and around various Florida municipalities, but having experienced what St. Augustine has accomplished, are very satisfied with the product.

        Steve and Sheila Kamp
        S/V Carolina

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      3. Jay Bliss -  November 18, 2010 - 8:10 pm

        Immediately S of ICW green marker 1 , just inside the inlet, (you remember that ICW markers have the yellow square in the middle of the sign) you’ll find the privately maintained markers for Salt Run. Past the Conch House you’ll see some 70 City moorings, extending South only to the ramp at the base of the Lighthouse. There’s dredging activity there until December 24, and you should find good depth up to the boat ramp. City won’t provide launch service here, but it’s a good anchorage. Either downtown or Salt Run requires a cab to the grocery store. Harbormaster’s at 904 825 1026.
        Jay Bliss
        ASA, USCG Lic. Capt.
        St.Augustine Port Commissioner

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    • St. Augustine City Northern Mooring Field

      St. Augustine City Northern Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 778
      Lat/Lon: near 29 53.776 North/081 18.587 West
      Location: will be found north of the Bridge of Lions, along the westerly banks
      Special Note: this long-popular anchorage was converted to a mooring field by the city of St. Augustine in the fall of 2010
      Minimum Depth: 8-feet
      Swing Room: only limited by other vessels swinging at anchor on these waters
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair to Poor; wide open to northeasterly winds
      Waste Pump-out Availability: A free pumpout boat is available for boats in the mooring field, and boats also anchored in the city limits for a fee of $5. For more information go to http://www.staugustinegovernment.com/visitors/municipal-marina.cfm

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      Comments from Cruisers (12)

      1. xort -  March 19, 2014 - 3:17 pm

        Stopped twice in Nov on the way south. Both times the mooring field was quite uncomfortable from sustained hi winds. Great town to visit but long term on a mooring would not be ideal.
        xort

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      2. Michelle Bennett -  May 15, 2013 - 1:19 pm

        In regards Statute Mile 778 – this mooring field is managed by the St Augustine Municipal Marina
        http://www.staugustinegovernment.com/visitors/municipal-marina.cfm
        and although large, can get booked up during heavy times of cruisers heading north/south. It’s good to book early if possible. Very clean facilities, including showers, laundry, lounge. The dinghy dock is floating concrete and in excellent shape. Their facilities are right down town, great location. My only caution is that bikes that have been locked to their bike rack tend to disappear in the dark of the night. I believe they are working to address this issue with better lighting and cameras.
        Best regards,
        Michelle Bennett
        s/v A La Mer

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      3. Don -  April 26, 2013 - 10:47 am

        We stayed for two nights in the North field the end of March. Very nice and easy to find moorings. They keep the lines up and out of the water so they are clean and free of growth. The marina will send their boat out to you to collect the fee and/or take you to/from their docks. We did not drop the dinghy so I can’t give a review on the dinghy dock. A pump-up boat is also available on demand and is included in the fee. All in all a really positive experience, well done.
        Don
        mv Fortuitous

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      4. Peter TenHaagen -  April 26, 2013 - 10:34 am

        The moorings are well maintained, and the fee ($15 or $20) includes full shower facilities, dinghy dockage (plenty of good space, water spigots, trash/recycling disposal). Totally safe.
        Peter TenHaagen

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      5. Bill D -  April 25, 2013 - 10:20 am

        In answer to your question, I stayed at the mooring field north of the bridge this past February. We arrived in the cold and the rain to pick up a mooring ball. The marina staff was great. We were tired and really did not want to launch the dinghy and they came to my boat to collect the very reasonable over night fee.
        St Augustine is one of my favorite places.
        Bill D

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      6. Harry & Melinda Schell -  April 24, 2013 - 8:15 am

        Yes, we were told to pick up a mooring in the Salt Run #5, I think. Anyway, we told them we were a 6 ft draft and there was no way we could get even close to it. Probably no more than a few feet there We realized it just before we would have gone a ground. The moorings by the marina are very nice, $20 a night with all rights to the marina. You are right down town with all the activities and restaurants. The next time we went we anchored by the fort. it was great, no problem and saved the money.
        Harry & Melinda Schell
        S/V Sea Schell

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      7. Jim & Marge Fuller -  April 23, 2013 - 4:15 pm

        This was a very satisfying experience.
        We anchored north of the bridge for an early AM departure. The price is very reasonable and they offered launch service on a two hour schedule so it was not necessary to put the dingy down. We did not take advantage of this service so the cost, if any, is unknown.
        This is the third time we have used the field and will be back.
        Jim & Marge Fuller
        Summer Skis

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      8. Chris Waln -  May 26, 2012 - 2:52 pm

        St Augustine Municipal Marina will not accept credit card information over the phone (unlike 99% of the marinas out there). If one arrives between 1800 and 2030, one is expected to go alongside regardless of the current/weather or launch a dinghy to pay. If their launch operator collects payment, they will only accept cash and *exact change* is
        demanded.
        I was told their lawyers would not let them accept the CC info by phone. When I asked if I could pick up a mooring and pay in the morning, I was not too politely asked, “what motel would let you do that?”
        The services may have changed at St Augustine, but the attitude hasn’t. We remain sheep for the shearing. And the no wake zone was not enforced while we were there.
        Chris Waln

        To Chris’s post above, I have witnessed many cruisers, sneaking in after dark, and tying up to docks, even taking power for the nite, and water, using all the facilities and then leaving in the morning and presumably not paying at all. Not to say that some of them may have called in the next day and paid over phone, we did that once, ourselves, paid by phone the next day, after calling and leaving message that we had tied to the dock the night before. But I am afraid these marina’s are seeing way too many people that aren’t always honest, and that’s why the rules are made as such, sometimes, it’s not all about us and our convenience, sometimes we need to think about wearing the shoe on the other foot. We do live in the modern age and we enjoy the conveniences we receive at some of the other marinas, that do allow pay by phone, but as I have heard many many times, a thoughtful guest, when a guest in Rome, will act and abide by the rules of Rome. Just a Thought!
        Clay Taylor

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      9. Larry -  May 26, 2012 - 2:26 pm

        Recent reports of shoaling at some of the moorings in the St. Augustine Mooring Field were confirmed by phone today, but according to the City Marina spokesperson, the shoaling is continuous and constantly changing. Currently there are moorings with as much as 15ft and some with 0ft. However, the moorings are always assigned and you would be assigned a mooring according to your draft. Thus the necessity to contact the City Marina at 904-825-1026 before picking up a mooring pendant.

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      10. Dennis Jay -  March 20, 2012 - 9:21 am

        We came into St. Augustine last week at dusk and called for a mooring. They told us we either had to tie up to the dock to complete the paperwork, which would have required waiting for the bridge to open, or take a mooring in the north field and launch our dinghy in the darkness to get to the dockmaster’s office. Either option was the last thing I wanted to do after being at sea for three days. We stop in St. Augustine twice each year and sometimes stay awhile. I’ve never found the over-priced municipal marina welcoming. This time, we left the mooring field and made our way up the San Sebastian River to one of the marinas (Rivers Edge) where we were welcomed openly. It’s much cheaper than the city marina, more protected and just a short walk into town.
        Dennis Jay

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      11. Les Glasser -  March 19, 2012 - 5:45 pm

        Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 10:18:57 -0400 (EDT)
        I was always in favor of a mooring field and some regulations as too many boaters left boats unattended for months making it the city’s problem…my days of boating have come down to a short boat ride to the fort, anchoring for 1-2 hrs, back to my marina and then drive to a restaurant for a nice lunch. I replaced my 40′ boat with a 22′ so I could do this with less work. Now comes the mooring field. Two days ago, the mooring field was 70% vacant so with the intent of sunning mysel for an hour I tied up to a mooring. I was willing to pay the $4 hr city dock rate, if asked. After a half hour their launch boat came by and in no uncertain terms I was told I would have to motor in to their dock, register, pay a $20 flat rate day fee or immediately vacate. Sure, I was wrong to steal time at their mooring but I like to play it safe with anchoring and the only choice I have is to anchor in the middle of the harbor or tuck into just adjacent to a spoil island just north of the fort in the middle of a small boat channel. I see no reason why the city can’t set aside a few moorings for hourly boats, have the smaller boats radio in for assignment, and pay the $4-$8 directly to the launch operator, exact change only.I’m really distressed over this whole situation and my love affair with the city is over.(Also for your info, to park a car costs $.25 for 10 minutes and the lots that have meters go to $8-$10 flat fee, 2 yrs ago, if you knew where to park, you could do so for nothing). For certain, this city is neither tourist or boater friendly on any level!!!
        Les Glasser

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      12. Steve and Sheila Kamp aboard S/V Carolina -  November 22, 2011 - 7:17 am

        We pulled into Salt Run on the evening of the 20th of November and our first observation was “Wow, where did all the junk go?” Our second observation was that there were several lines of crab pots. Upon closer examination the crab pots were white mooring balls, very neatly identified as SR 1, etc. We coasted up to one, caught the painter, and soon had Carolina snugged in.
        Around 5:20 pm we were hailed by a St. Augustine Marina employee who got us registered, suggested a ball that had better for our draft, and we paid our $14.00 fee for the night.
        We were given a card identifying the ball and the date which gave us access to everything we would have had at the City Marina, other than water and electric.
        We fully understand the controversy over anchoring rights in and around various Florida municipalities, but having experienced what St. Augustine has accomplished, are very satisfied with the product.
        Steve and Sheila Kamp aboard S/V Carolina

        Reply to Steve
    • St. Augustine City Southern Mooring Field

      St. Augustine City Southern Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 778.5
      Lat/Lon: near 29 53.402 North/081 18.445 West
      Location: along the Tolomato River’s western banks, south of the St. Augustine City Marina
      Special Comment: BE SURE TO ANCHOR SOUTH OF A POINT ABEAM OF THE SANTA MARIA RESTAURANT AND DOCK; this long-popular anchorage was converted to a mooring field by the city of St. Augustine in the fall of 2010
      Minimum Depth: 6 feet ‘“ typical 10-foot soundings
      Swing Room: only limited by other vessels swinging at anchor on these waters
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair; open to southern, northern and southeastern winds
      Waste Pump-out Availability: A free pumpout boat is available for boats in the mooring field, and boats also anchored in the city limits for a fee of $5. For more information go to http://www.staugustinegovernment.com/visitors/municipal-marina.cfm

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      Comments from Cruisers (18)

      1. xort -  March 19, 2014 - 3:16 pm

        Stopped twice in Nov on the way south. Both times the mooring field was quite uncomfortable from sustained hi winds. Great town to visit but long term on a mooring would not be ideal.
        xort

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      2. Glen Vetter -  May 15, 2013 - 1:36 pm

        We are moored at St. Augustine right now, South of the bridge. The staff seems very nice. There is construction going on with the addition of considerably more floating concrete docks. This construction has not been an issue, just a bunch of construction guy working away. There are a couple close-in slips reserved for dinghies, which is great. One slip is labeled “hard dinghies”, but a couple hard dinghies dock in the other slip with no enforcement (didn’t see a “soft dinghies” sign, so ???). Keep in mind you need to be on a mooring ($20/day) to use these docks. Very nice on-shore facilities, even propane exchange.
        Our only complaint: why didn’t someone in the Florida bureaucracy realize the stretch of river adjacent and through the mooring fields should be NO WAKE!
        Glen Vetter

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      3. Michelle Bennett -  May 15, 2013 - 1:21 pm

        In regards Statute Mile 778 – this mooring field is managed by the St Augustine Municipal Marina
        http://www.staugustinegovernment.com/visitors/municipal-marina.cfm
        and although large, can get booked up during heavy times of cruisers heading north/south. It’s good to book early if possible. Very clean facilities, including showers, laundry, lounge. The dinghy dock is floating concrete and in excellent shape. Their facilities are right down town, great location. My only caution is that bikes that have been locked to their bike rack tend to disappear in the dark of the night. I believe they are working to address this issue with better lighting and cameras.
        Best regards,
        Michelle Bennett
        s/v A La Mer

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      4. Bruce Franz -  April 26, 2013 - 10:57 am

        Mooring Field South of the Bridge of Lions: left there Friday, April 19 after two days. A Nor’easter was moving in, but the river was not as choppy as expected; rather calm. The dinghy dock is inside the Marina, protected, and close to the ramp leading to showers and Town. Plenty of room to tie up.
        Bruce Franz
        “Hemisphere Dancer”
        Dickerson #19
        The Journey is the Destination

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      5. Capt Ed -  April 26, 2013 - 10:37 am

        We spent a week on a ball on the south side mooring field. It was very windy and the field was quite choppy. We had to use the marina launch instead of our dink when blowing and the launch has very limited hours. The floating dink dock seemed fine. Publix & west marine are over a mile away. Downtown st augustine is excellent, lots to see and do.
        Capt Ed

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      6. Peter TenHaagen -  April 26, 2013 - 10:35 am

        The moorings are well maintained, and the fee ($15 or $20) includes full shower facilities, dinghy dockage (plenty of good space, water spigots, trash/recycling disposal). Totally safe.
        Peter TenHaagen

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      7. Harry & Melinda Schell -  April 24, 2013 - 8:16 am

        Yes, we were told to pick up a mooring in the Salt Run #5, I think. Anyway, we told them we were a 6 ft draft and there was no way we could get even close to it. Probably no more than a few feet there We realized it just before we would have gone a ground. The moorings by the marina are very nice, $20 a night with all rights to the marina. You are right down town with all the activities and restaurants. The next time we went we anchored by the fort. it was great, no problem and saved the money.
        Harry & Melinda Schell
        S/V Sea Schell

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      8. Mathany -  January 20, 2013 - 10:23 am

        Came through the bridge and went to the dock and signed in for a mooring ball. Good strong moorings. 4 days and strong 30 knot winds and very little swell.
        Clean showers and laundry facilities and right in the downtown.
        Terrible internet wifi. Can’t get it at the boat. Can pickup every other marina’s signal in the area but NOT St. Augustine City Marina’s. Only good if you physically go into the lounge. That sucks when you are 4 days stuck in the boat and can’t Skype, email,stream movies or work if you use your computer for work. If they ever fix this with a proper broadcast modem then this would be a great mooring field.
        Mathany

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      9. Steve Kamp -  May 26, 2012 - 3:58 pm

        We used the south mooring field at St.Augustine the weekend of April 1, 2012. We approached from the south, hailing the City Marina as we came under the high bridge just south of the San Sebastion River. The marina advised to stay in the ICW channel until abeam of specific day beacon due to shoaling and then gave precise guidance to our mooring ball. We had two very pleasant,secure, nights on the ball as a front passed through with severe thunderstorms, and were able to observe close up the ” Blessing of the Fleet”.
        The mooring field to the north of Bridge of Lions did not have any observable shoaling problems.
        We topped off diesel at the Inlet Marina and visited the Publix grocery.
        Steve Kamp, S/V Carolina

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      10. Chris Waln -  May 26, 2012 - 2:55 pm

        St Augustine Municipal Marina will not accept credit card information over the phone (unlike 99% of the marinas out there). If one arrives between 1800 and 2030, one is expected to go alongside regardless of the current/weather or launch a dinghy to pay. If their launch operator collects payment, they will only accept cash and *exact change* is
        demanded.
        I was told their lawyers would not let them accept the CC info by phone. When I asked if I could pick up a mooring and pay in the morning, I was not too politely asked, “what motel would let you do that?”
        The services may have changed at St Augustine, but the attitude hasn’t. We remain sheep for the shearing. And the no wake zone was not enforced while we were there.
        Chris Waln

        To Chris’s post above, I have witnessed many cruisers, sneaking in after dark, and tying up to docks, even taking power for the nite, and water, using all the facilities and then leaving in the morning and presumably not paying at all. Not to say that some of them may have called in the next day and paid over phone, we did that once, ourselves, paid by phone the next day, after calling and leaving message that we had tied to the dock the night before. But I am afraid these marina’s are seeing way too many people that aren’t always honest, and that’s why the rules are made as such, sometimes, it’s not all about us and our convenience, sometimes we need to think about wearing the shoe on the other foot. We do live in the modern age and we enjoy the conveniences we receive at some of the other marinas, that do allow pay by phone, but as I have heard many many times, a thoughtful guest, when a guest in Rome, will act and abide by the rules of Rome. Just a Thought!
        Clay Taylor

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      11. Larry -  May 26, 2012 - 2:27 pm

        Recent reports of shoaling at some of the moorings in the St. Augustine Mooring Field were confirmed by phone today, but according to the City Marina spokesperson, the shoaling is continuous and constantly changing. Currently there are moorings with as much as 15ft and some with 0ft. However, the moorings are always assigned and you would be assigned a mooring according to your draft. Thus the necessity to contact the City Marina at 904-825-1026 before picking up a mooring pendant.

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      12. Max Miller -  April 8, 2012 - 9:18 am

        We picked up a mooring in the southern field on April 2nd, 2012.
        Approaching from the south, we turned into the mooring field just north of R “10″. The chart and plotter both showed good water but we hit bottom and turned back into the channel (we draw 4.5′). The dockmaster (channel 71) told me to stay in the channel until abeam the northern end of the field before turning in.
        Be aware that the water taxi only runs every two hours on the even hours and the last chance to return to your boat is 6:00 pm. If your crew is threatening mutiny, there is a liquor store across from the fort.
        The mooring fee is $21.20 per night.
        Max Miller

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      13. Les Glasser -  March 19, 2012 - 5:47 pm

        Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 10:18:57 -0400 (EDT)
        I was always in favor of a mooring field and some regulations as too many boaters left boats unattended for months making it the city’s problem…my days of boating have come down to a short boat ride to the fort, anchoring for 1-2 hrs, back to my marina and then drive to a restaurant for a nice lunch. I replaced my 40′ boat with a 22′ so I could do this with less work. Now comes the mooring field. Two days ago, the mooring field was 70% vacant so with the intent of sunning mysel for an hour I tied up to a mooring. I was willing to pay the $4 hr city dock rate, if asked. After a half hour their launch boat came by and in no uncertain terms I was told I would have to motor in to their dock, register, pay a $20 flat rate day fee or immediately vacate. Sure, I was wrong to steal time at their mooring but I like to play it safe with anchoring and the only choice I have is to anchor in the middle of the harbor or tuck into just adjacent to a spoil island just north of the fort in the middle of a small boat channel. I see no reason why the city can’t set aside a few moorings for hourly boats, have the smaller boats radio in for assignment, and pay the $4-$8 directly to the launch operator, exact change only.I’m really distressed over this whole situation and my love affair with the city is over.(Also for your info, to park a car costs $.25 for 10 minutes and the lots that have meters go to $8-$10 flat fee, 2 yrs ago, if you knew where to park, you could do so for nothing). For certain, this city is neither tourist or boater friendly on any level!!!
        Les Glasser

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      14. S/V Gemini -  November 22, 2011 - 9:01 pm

        The mooring field at St Augustine wasn’t there our last trip but was being talked about. We thought that it would be wonderful. The blows through there can get pretty rough and no more worries about anchors not holding, and boats drifting into others. 14 a day, isn’t bad. We will be Happy to pay for the mooring on our next trip down! Besides, if You stop in St Augustine 14 bucks will probably be the cheapest thing You purchase!
        S/V Gemini

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      15. Steve and Sheila Kamp aboard S/V Carolina -  November 22, 2011 - 7:18 am

        We pulled into Salt Run on the evening of the 20th of November and our first observation was “Wow, where did all the junk go?” Our second observation was that there were several lines of crab pots. Upon closer examination the crab pots were white mooring balls, very neatly identified as SR 1, etc. We coasted up to one, caught the painter, and soon had Carolina snugged in.
        Around 5:20 pm we were hailed by a St. Augustine Marina employee who got us registered, suggested a ball that had better for our draft, and we paid our $14.00 fee for the night.
        We were given a card identifying the ball and the date which gave us access to everything we would have had at the City Marina, other than water and electric.
        We fully understand the controversy over anchoring rights in and around various Florida municipalities, but having experienced what St. Augustine has accomplished, are very satisfied with the product.
        Steve and Sheila Kamp aboard S/V Carolina

        Reply to Steve
      16. Rick Emerson -  November 23, 2009 - 3:17 pm

        We’re currently lying, in the south anchorage, to a single 35 lb. CQR with 3/8″ 3B chain. Our boat, a Baba 35, draws 6′ and has a modified full keel. So far we’ve had little difficulty with our ground tackle after several tide and wind changes. We do ride somewhat oddly with wind against current, but this is no different than other anchorages, in SC, GA, and FL, where the same situation has occurred. While dinghying through the anchorage, most boats are riding to a single anchor, with few exceptions.
        Granted $10/day for a dinghy sticker is a little spendy, the facilities ashore are a plus, to say nothing of the city itself. Given there are no real alternatives to speak of, so it goes.
        Rick Emerson

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      17. Rick Emerson -  November 21, 2009 - 11:41 pm

        Overall, we much prefer the southern anchorage to the northern for room, some relief from swells from the inlet, and better access to the city marina. Note, however, that a shoal exists along a line from the R “12” to the R “10A” and on to the R “10”, west of this line there is good depth for most boats (we draw 6′). Photos from the air show this bar clearly. We’ve seen two boats (one was a cat) try to run between the “10” and “10A” at high tide and still take the bottom. The only way in or out is to pass north of R “10”.
        Scenery is in the eye of the beholder – we have no problem with the surroundings. As to derelict boats, they are an unhappy fact of life here. We count about 6 in a very large, and busy, anchorage. Could be worse…

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      18. Dutch -  October 10, 2009 - 4:14 pm

        Anchoring in this area is not as scenic as north of Lions bridge and some of the boats look abandoned. Caution when exiting the anchorage, there is a shoal north and south of marker 10 less then 4 foot depth. Enter and exit the area from the north and to the west of red #10.

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    • Emergency Anchorage

      Emergency Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 781
      Lat/Lon: 29 50.994 North/081 18.258 West
      Location: west and south of flashing daybeacon #18, and northeast and south of flashing daybeacon #31
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Special Note: an obstruction which covers at mid to high tide has been reported in the southern 1/2 of this anchorage. It is strongly recommended that you drop the hook north of a position abeam of marker #20
      Swing Room: sufficient for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Poor; fair weather only anchorage

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      1. Ed Grygent -  October 31, 2009 - 11:08 am

        Anchored here with our NC44, Sea Angel, last night, 10-30-09 at about mid tide. Anchored about 500′ south of #20 in 16′ of water/21 at high. There are about half a dozen boats there on what are either moorings or perminently anchored. The derelect Catalina 25 is there as is the obstruction that is visible to the east of that boat. There is a small white float on the obstruction that isn’t visible at high tide. The obstruction appears to be about two feet indiameter at the surface and shows above the surface about 1 foot at low. Holding in sand/mud was very good. Anchor set quickly and held well through tide changes and contrary winds. Some wakes from ICW but overall a quiet anchorage in settled weather.

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      2. Rick Parish -  October 12, 2009 - 6:31 pm

        Be very careful here. On 10/10/09 we passed this anchorage travelling south on the ICW at almost exactly MLW. There is an obstruction here. From our vantage point on the ICW it looked like concrete and steel aproximately 5′ in diameter that would not be visible at half tide or higher. We were passing by on the ICW so I can not give it’s exact location. My best estimate – It appeared to be near the 8′ sounding west of a line between R20 & R22. There were several sailboats anchored in the area and I can not be sure which were transient and which were long term. Best eyeball advice I can give is if you see a 25′ (aprox) sailboat with missing o/b motor that looks shabby and something like a Catalina 25, the obstruction is 100 yards north. From my view I could not tell if the obstruction is in the 8′ depth area or the shoal east of the area. But for sure, it will not be visible at half tide or greater. My suggestion would be to anchor abeam or north of R20. We anchored there a year ago and encountered an afternoon thunderstorm of moderate strength. Holding was good. We did not see this obstruction a year ago.
        Rick Parish

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    • South Channel Anchorage

      South Channel Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 843
      Lat/Lon: near 29 03.557 North/080 54.846 West
      Location: north-northeast of the ICW’s flashing daybeacon #19
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet
      Special Note: shoaling at the intersection of South Channel and the AICW is now making successful entrance into this anchorage difficult, and these waters host strong tidal currents. We are downgrading our estimate of this overnight haven to “emergency only” status
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 55 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Poor; fair weather anchorage only

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      1. Larry -  May 12, 2011 - 11:09 am

        Tide moves too fast and there is bad shoaling. Boats go through sideways during a flow. Hit bottom 2 times with 5.8 keel, then finally got through with local help. You would be safer crossing the gulf stream with a north wind.
        Skipper Jason

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      2. jason -  May 12, 2011 - 12:05 am

        tide moves too fast and there is bad shoaling. boats go trough sideways during a flow. hit bottom 2 times with 5.8 keel.then finaly got trough. with local help. You would be safer crossing the gulf stream with a north wind

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    • Titusville Mooring Field

      Titusville Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 879
      Lat/Lon: near 28 37.310 North/080 48.211 West
      Location: lies south of the Titusville harbor entrance channel
      Minimum Depth: 4 ½ feet
      Special Note: as of November, 2011, the city of Titusville has converted this anchorage to a mooring field
      Swing Room: sufficient room for almost any size cruising craft
      Foul Weather Protection: Poor, fair weather mooring field only
      Waste Pump-out Availability:: A pump-out boat is available for boats in the mooring field on Wednesdays and Saturdays (weather permitting). Call (321)383-5600 or for more information go to http://www.titusville.com/sectionindex.asp?sectionid=52

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      1. Roger -  March 18, 2017 - 7:51 am

        Looks like most of the mooring are stored behind the dumpsters.
        There are about 15 in the field, a long way from the tiny dinghy dock. Went in one day and a 14 ft sailing trihull was straddling the dinghy dock. Since I was going to be on land a few days, I asked about leaving my dinghy someplace out of the way. The guy said leave it where it was.
        Watch your depth near the dinghy dock ramp.

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      2. Mo -  February 20, 2014 - 3:38 pm

        Titusville anchorage near bridge and “Cracker Jacks Restaurant” – great anchorage – lousy restaurant. Been twice, place is always filthy and the staff could care less if you were there – they cater to the regulars. Food… skip it and drink bottled beverages. Not a clean place at ALL.
        Mo s/v Mi Amante

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      3. chris burnham -  December 3, 2013 - 5:27 pm

        Winds from the northeast are the worst, but expect a very wet ride to the marina if there is any wind because if your moored you are atleast 1/4 mile from the dock/shore. The monthly rates are currently 165$ month, but if stopping for the night make sure to go north of the field (1 mile dinghy to marina) and drop anchor. Hope your dinghy motor starts:)

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      4. Galley Slave Kat -  November 16, 2013 - 3:25 pm

        This is not a great place in a Norther . We were working on our boat in Westland Marina and on the morning of the 13th of Nov saw that 3 sailboats had been blown ashore and the rest on the moorings and in the anchorage were having a wild time of riding the storm . So if you have to be in Titusville, when a Norther is forecast, anchoring is not a good idea; picking up a mooring is safer, but the The Westland Marina would be your best choice for comfort since even the Municipal Marina can be a bit rolly facing the channel entrance.
        Galley Slave Kat

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      5. Mo and Mike -  October 30, 2013 - 3:06 pm

        We just cruised down from Ponce on the ICW – nice easy cruise (sans some giant powerboats that were kind enough to share giant wakes with us, then proceed to stop in the middle of the ICW at the turn, then cut in front of us at the bascule bridge!)
        Ok, enough venting. We traveled on to Titusville and after reading info here and on another site, we learned that the anchorage now has a mooring field HOWEVER, you can anchor North of the mooring field if you draw around 4″6″ as we do. I suspect some boats here draw more. At low tide (.8) we had 5.5″ or better.
        We just felt our way in and found a nice spot. A tad bumpy in a blow – it’s NNE about 15 today and bumpy but not uncomfortable. You’ll get damp on the way back out however…
        It’s a bit of a dinghy ride to the marina and about 1/4 mile walk to the little grocery store which was very clean but limited selection.
        Restaurant under the bridge is Crackerjacks and the fish tacos were great! Monday night is Trivia night – good crowd and very friendly staff. Enjoy – anchor and save your $15/20 [mooring fee] for your cocktails! 🙂
        Mo S/V Mi Amante

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      6. Chuck -  October 8, 2013 - 4:34 pm

        The Titusville moorings are sitting in the middle of the river and it can get pretty rough when the winds blow from almost any direction. That makes it pretty tough to get in and out of a dinghy and makes for a very wet ride to shore.
        Chuck

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      7. Mike -  July 1, 2013 - 1:28 pm

        Thank you for posting my comment here. If they can make a mooring field with no moorings and tell you not to anchor here, they might do it elsewhere. I understand that Titusville may be installing more moorings in the future but until then they should not be able to restrict anchoring if you are not near there existing moorings. I anchored right in the middle of the marked field and was no where near a moored boat.
        Mike SV Bay Tripper

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      8. Mike -  June 27, 2013 - 10:19 pm

        I anchored there, nowhere near any moorings then noticed all the yellow markers out to the channel and to the bridge. There seems to be no moorings in most of the marked area. Can they tell us we cant anchor in a marked mooring area if there are no moorings near you. I called the marina to ask and was told I could not anchor there because its a mooring field. When I mentioned that there were no moorings they said there was seagrass. Is this there latest trick.

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      9. Henry Zalegowski -  December 30, 2011 - 4:14 pm

        Titusville has a new mooring field, the rates are $15 /day or $290 a month. There is still plenty of room to anchor north of the mooring field. The staff there has always been friendly and still goes out of it’s way to serve its customers. A short walk from the marina is the Southern Room bar on Washington St or the Crackerjack out on the pier under the bridge. Both of these are good to spend a few hours in enjoying the ambiance.
        Henry Zalegowski S/V Turn’er Loose

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      10. Mike Horowitz -  November 18, 2011 - 2:40 pm

        Passed by the Titusville mooring field this morning. They opened in October 2011, and have 50 moorings that accommodate boats up to 60′ on a first come, first served basis. Particulars can be fould on their web site regarding fees, etc. There was one boat in the mooring field, with about 15-20 anchored north of the mooring field. Also had a comment when I called that since the new high rise bridge opened they have seen fewer boats stopping. The old swing bridge went on restriction at 1530, so it became a short day.
        Mike Horowitz
        M/V ALTAIR

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      11. Rick Emerson -  December 12, 2009 - 11:12 am

        Too bad the above reporter missed “Cafe Chocolat” and two other restaurants (closed, when we were there, for the Thanksgiving weekend). We ate lunch at Cafe Chocolat and recommend it highly for quality, service, and value for money. There’s also a good used bookstore just down the street from Cafe Chocolat (and across the street from one of the two closed night spots). Granted the Save-a-Lot is not the greatest grocery around, although we found some things we wanted and which fit our needs. There is bus service to additional shopping. Ask at the marina office about where the bus stops, etc.

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