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Eastern FL Cruising News – AICW, Great Pocket to Palm Beach (Statute Mile 970 to 1030)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 09-22-2009

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Flagler Memorial Bridge Set for 6 Month Open Position, AICW Statute Mile 1021

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-18-2014

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Since construction began, Flagler Memorial Bridge in West Palm Beach has been in a state of almost constant change, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=127999.
Beginning May 12, 2014, Flagler Memorial Bridge will be put into an open position for about six months. During this closure to auto traffic, Royal Park Bridge and Southern Boulevard Bridge will have new opening schedules to accommodate the increased vehicular traffic. The new schedules are being decided and will be announced soon.

Once the Flagler Memorial bridge is placed in the open position, the Royal Park and Southern Bridges will be placed on restrictions; however, an agreement on what these restrictions will be is still being negotiated. I hope to have the temporary restrictions published in next week’s LNM.[16/14]
Michael Lieberum
Seventh Coast Guard District
Bridge Branch
Chief of Operations Section

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Missing AICW Aid to Navigation at Peck Lake, Statute Mile 992, April 10, 2014

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-10-2014

The missing light reported below in this article cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners, is supposed to lie on the east side of a narrow section of the AICW channel as it passes through the western reach of Peck Lake, a popular anchorage until recently when it became a staging area for dredge equipment, essentially blocking all anchor space. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=127917
FLORIDA – AICW – PECK LAKE: Hazard to Navigation.
Peck Lake Light 19 (LLNR 46050) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile is submerged and is a hazard to navigation. A TRLB “WR19″, Fl Q G in position 27-06-51.983N/080-08-40.355W is 6 yards channelward of the destroyed LT. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11472 LNM: 14/14

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Patience Required at Flagler Memorial Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1021

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-04-2014

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This latest update on the opening schedule for Flagler Memorial Bridge from week 47/13 comes from Officer Michael Lieberem, 7th District, USCG. Flagler Memorial Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 17ft, crosses the Waterway and Lake Worth at Statute Mile 1021, south of AICW marker #10. With the unusual construction circumstances, even more changes are to be expected.

Currently the Flagler Memorial Bridge is closed to road traffic. There has been a slight settling that resulted in the spans not properly locking together. It may be associated with the construction of a new bridge immediately south of the old bridge. The DOT are estimating that repairs will be completed by Nov 25. Right now (Nov 17) the spans are kept in the open position. Contact the bridge before passing as the spans may close during the repair process. Also note the recent LNM and changes to the chart 11472 modifying the clearances during construction of the new bridge.
Bruce Jones

Officer Lieberem responds and confirms:
This is correct; however they will need to lower and raise the bridge to ensure proper alignment of the locking mechanism, to the bridge may be down at times when boaters are coming to the bridge. It will open on schedule during these times. As of the 25th, the bridge will be placed on the schedule as outlined in the current BNM and the next LNM article below and will need to remain on the schedule for a long time.

FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – FLAGLER MEMORIAL BRIDGE: Bridge Construction/Waterway Restriction/Temporary Bridge Regulation Changes/Update.

The Florida Department of Transportation has requested that the Flagler Memorial Bridge be placed on a restricted opening schedule until the new Flagler Memorial Bridge construction can be completed.

Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.

The Flagler Memorial Bridge opening schedule has been changed starting November 25, 2013, to once an hour on the quarter-hour except that from 8:16 a.m. to 9:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 5:14 p.m. the bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation with no exemptions except for emergencies. The Royal Park Bridge and Southern Boulevard bridges will resume their normal operating schedules per 33 CFR 117 on December 2, 2013.

While the new Flagler Memorial Bridge is under construction, the following emergency plan will remain in effect with no exceptions except for emergencies:

If an emergency occurs and the Flagler Memorial Bridge is left in the open to navigation position, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges to the south. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-hour, except that from 8:16 a.m. to 10:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 8:31 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation.
Michael Lieberum
Seventh Coast Guard District
Bridge Branch
Chief of Operations Section

Only opening on hour on Wednesday. Royal park on restriction also.
Patty Hamilton

We just went through the bridges today [4/5/2014]. The Royal Park bridge is on the 1/2 hr & hr.
The Southern Blvd bridge is on the 1/4 & 3/4 hr.
George Grafer, time out

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Peck Lake Anchorage Off-Limits Until the End of May, 2014, AICW Statute Mile 992

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-03-2014

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The Peck Lake Anchorage immediately off the AICW’s path, south of the Waterway’s intersection with the St. Lucie Inlet, has been virtually unusable because of the onsite equipment related to the dredging of St. Lucie Inlet (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=1278860). With the completion date of the dredging now extended (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129722), Peck Lake Anchorage will remain off-limits to cruisers at least until the end of May.

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Good Report from North Lake Worth Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 1014.2

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-20-2014

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The North Lake Worth anchorage dinghy landing is simply a small beach just north of Little Lake Worth bridge.

Good news! we anchored at this location, took [our] dinghy to the bridge and walked to all the local stores. No problems. It should be mentioned the landing for dinks is a high crime area and [we] highly recommended to locking your dinghy. I never had any problems [over] the years, but do not take a chance. No one has come to collect at anchor. A great area to rest.
Plan B

I’ve anchored in North Lake Worth at least a couple of dozen times and have never heard of anyone trying to charge a fee for anchoring. It is good to hear that the dinghy landing near the bridge is once again available. This is a prime spot for those stocking up and making general preparations for a crossing over to the northern Bahamas–just don’t listen to all the amateur meteorologists on the VHF. Judge for yourself when the weather is right for you to go.
John Kettlewell

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Good Review of Old Port Cove Marina, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-20-2014

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Old Port Cove is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.

Hi Larry, Here is our review of Old Port Cove. NPalm Beach. Five Stars
Easy in and out. No current in basin. The tall buildings cut the wind. Dock hand Kip came to us in a golf cart on the wide, clean slip free decks and fueled us up and guided us to one of the few vacant slips in this 200 slip marina. Many large yachts make this marina a home port inside the gated, guarded community. The finger piers are wide, with pump out near each slip. The deck cleats are large adjustable to accommodate any arrangement of ties. The facilities are first class, clean showers and laundry with 4 dryers/washers in the building with Captain’s lounge, fitness center and restrooms. The manager Mark greeted us in the office located inside the onsite restaurant. Mark had a bottle of wine delivered to our slip. Our fuel and slip were discounted for BoatUS to $1.42 @ Ft for our 40 ft trawler, $20.00 for 50 amp. and $4.35 a gal for diesel. The fare on Sunday was very good and reasonable in price. Wi Fi is free and we watched movies from netflix. Rode bike over to West Marine. We left Monday AM for Marathon. We will be back to stay at this safe, clean marina.
Sonny Reeves

Dear Capt. & Mrs. Reeves,
The entire crew of Old Port Cove Marina would like to take this opportunity to say “Thank you!” for the review you posted here. We are all thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us as well as our facilities and we look forward to your return.
Have a great time in Marathon.
Happy Cruising! See you soon.
Sincerely,
Sue Morgan, Marketing Director

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Good Words for Soverel Marina, Palm Beach Gardens, FL AICW Statute Mile 1013

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-11-2014

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Just north of the PGA Bridge, Soverel Marina is located at 2401 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, 561-691-9554. www.soverelmarina.com. Soverel Marina shares the same address on Soverel Harbor, but should not be confused with, PGA Marina, www.pgamarina.com.

Look at Soverel Marina in Palm Beach Gardens. Very protected, gated, easy walking to restaurants, shops, Enterprise. I have a friend who has a 50′ vacant slip there.
-Mike ‘One September’

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More on Peck Lake Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 992

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 12-09-2013

 The Peck Lake Anchorage immediately off the AICW’s path, south of the Waterway’s intersection with the St. Lucie Inlet, on the easterly waters of Peck Lake, east-southeast of marker #19. Our thanks to Captains Healy and Horowitz for these reports.

As of 11/14/2013, Peck Lake is ABSOLUTELY UNUSABLE by pleasure craft for anchorage. There is dredging equipment on station in Peck Lake, apparently related to dredging at the St. Lucie Inlet. The construction company has placed a network of stakes completely throughout Peck Lake, making it unusable by anything other than kayaks and canoes. It seems completely unnecessary to confiscate all that space, but they did it.
Jim Healy

We passed Peck Lake SM 992 this morning, 17 Nov., and it appears that this is no longer a viable anchorage. Secured just east of the main ICW channel, we observed one tug, two barges, a dredge or pump barge, a dormitory barge, a floating, lighted pipeline extending from the dredge to the shore, and the lagoon populated with many white stakes. There were no other vessels there. This might be a staging area for the dredging of St. Lucie inlet.
Mike Horowitz
ALTAIR

12/9/2013 Claiborne,
I am attaching a note from s/v Calypso, Captain Jeff and Admirable Wendy. There has been a lot of discussion about available anchorage in Peck Lake, FL, and some say you could “maybe” anchor 2 or 3 boats north of the huge barge, Capt. Jeff says he would not recommend it to any of us. For what it’s worth….
Judy and Dick

Most of the lake has PVC stakes which make it look like it has been surveyed. There is also a large floating pipeline from the barge to shore. From what it looks like they are bringing in barges full of muck for St. Lucie Inlet and then pumping it shore side. Maybe beach re-nourishment?
Stay warm,
Jeff & Wendy

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Caution: Dredging Equipment Clogs Peck Lake Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 992, November 18, 2013

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-18-2013

 The Peck Lake Anchorage immediately off the AICW’s path, south of the Waterway’s intersection with the St. Lucie Inlet, on the easterly waters of Peck Lake, east-southeast of marker #19. Our thanks to Captains Healy and Horowitz for these reports.

As of 11/14/2013, Peck Lake is ABSOLUTELY UNUSABLE by pleasure craft for anchorage. There is dredging equipment on station in Peck Lake, apparently related to dredging at the St. Lucie Inlet. The construction company has placed a network of stakes completely throughout Peck Lake, making it unusable by anything other than kayaks and canoes. It seems completely unnecessary to confiscate all that space, but they did it.
Jim Healy

We passed Peck Lake SM 992 this morning, 17 Nov., and it appears that this is no longer a viable anchorage. Secured just east of the main ICW channel, we observed one tug, two barges, a dredge or pump barge, a dormitory barge, a floating, lighted pipeline extending from the dredge to the shore, and the lagoon populated with many white stakes. There were no other vessels there. This might be a staging area for the dredging of St. Lucie inlet.
Mike Horowitz
ALTAIR

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Changes in Opening Schedules at Three West Palm Beach Bridges AICW Statute Miles 1021.8 – 1024.7

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-18-2013

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Flagler Memorial Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 17ft, crosses the Waterway and Lake Worth at Statute Mile 1021, south of unlighted daybeacon #10. The former openings were twice hourly.
Royal Park Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 20ft, crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 1022.5, south of unlighted daybeacon #14. The former openings were on the hour and half-hour.
Southern Boulevard – S.R. 700 Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 14ft, crosses the Waterway and southern Lake Worth at Statute Mile 1025, south of unlighted daybeacon #20.
A big Thank You to Captain Healy for alerting us to these schedule changes. Now, even these schedules seem to be changing almost daily. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=127999

Flagler Bridge (StM 1021.8):
As of early November, 2013, bridge restrictions have changed. WORSE! MUCH WORSE! The bridge now opens hourly at the top of the hour. That’s it. Massive construction involving foundation rehabilitation is taking place at this bridge. Much heavy construction equipment is on scene. Saturday, 11/16/2013, the span was continuously open. Not sure if that’s the case all the time. Plan very carefully in this area!

Royal Park Bridge (StM 1022.6):
As of early November, 2013, bridge restrictions have changed. Hopefully temporary. WORSE! The bridge now opens hourly on the quarter hour. Weekdays, it skips the morning opening at 08h15 and the evening opening at 16h15. This works well for Southbound traffic, but not at all well for Northbound traffic. That’s it.

Southern Boulevard Bridge (1024.7):
As of early November, 2013, bridge restrictions have changed. The bridge now opens twice hourly on the hour and half-hour.
Jim Healy

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Update Needed and Now Provided on North Lake Worth Dinghy Landing, AICW Statute Mile 1014.2

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-16-2013

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The North Lake Worth anchorage dinghy landing (just a small beach north of Little Lake Worth bridge) was the cause of much discussion in August of 2012 (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=93324). Captain Kat is asking for advice from anyone who might have used the landing recently.

Hi everyone,
What is the current status of this dinghy landing? We will be heading that way soon and it is a very important spot for last minute stores. What if anything is the alternative?
Kat

As of Nov. 17th, 2013, the beach in the creek which flows into the North end of North Lake Worth anchorage, remains the same as it has been, a reasonably good dinghy landing. Probably best to lock your dinghy. Publix close by and a BIG West Marine just 1 block South of PGA Blvd (moved from old location North of PGA Blvd).
Regards,
Mike, Carolyn & Catcher the cat On NAVIGATOR

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Report from Lake Worth Inlet Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 1018.5

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-09-2013

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Lake Worth Inlet Anchorage lies in the deep water south of the Lake Worth Inlet approach channel’s flashing daybeacon #11. Loggerhead Riviera Marina is a dry storage facility located north of Riviera Beach Bridge (Blue Heron Blvd) on the western side of the Waterway, southwest of Marker #36. See http://www.loggerheadrivierabeach.com/contact.htm

Greetings!
Anchored here now. Been gusting to 30 plus NE most of the night and lots of freighters coming in and out. I’d prefer we anchored south more further from the inlet but we found a spot with 13′ and liked it. Holding well with 85 or so feet of chain out but bouncy (which is why I’m writing this at 12:44 but that’s just me. Further south about 20 vessels. Near us 5 and 3 appear to be locals. We dingied to Loggerhead Marina – just beyond Blue Heron bridge and bought drinks and used their dock to walk 2 mins to Publix. It was a wet dinghy over but saved us from going to Riviera Marina, paying $10 and walking a mile to Publix. Moving to a more protected area today or just more south.
Mo and Mike

Be wary of in the main Lake Worth anchorage when you have strong S or N wind, which will set up wind-against-tide. I have dragged (and watched others drag) after a day or two of piouretting around the anchor in such conditions. What happens is that the motion wraps a chain ball around the anchor–any kind of anchor–and then off you go. This is the only anchorage where I routinely anchor bow-and-stern for exactly that reason.
Larry Shick

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Jib Yacht Club Marina (Statute Mile 1004)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 06-27-2013

Paradise Yacht SalesThe marina review below is excerpted from Captains Mike and Mary Dicken’s, owners of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Paradise Yachts, web blog. These various accounts are recorded when this well-oiled nautical team helps new boat owners deliver their recently purchased craft to home port, or undertake yacht deliveries themselves for the same purpose. Wow, talk about service AFTER the sale – it doesn’t get any better than this. You will be seeing LOTS of excerpts from Captains Mike and Mary’s web blog here on the SSECN. This is superb info, and we are glad to have it available to our readers.
The particular collection of blog entries from which the article below is excerpted is an account of a cruise from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Fernandina Beach, FL, assisting the buyers of a 42′ Novatec used trawler. You can read this entire set of blog entries at http://www.paradiseyachtsales.blogspot.com/2013/03/assisting-customers-service-after-sale_26.html.
This particular excerpt concerns Jib Yacht Club. This facility is really more of a marina than a club, and flanks the eastern shores of the AICW, immediately north of Jupiter Inlet.

We stayed at JIB Yacht Club Marina in Jupiter right off the ICW, mile marker 1004.2. Water depths were about 6 feet along side the fixed docks. The deck hands were good and the baths very clean. There is no restaurant within walking distances however. Turning around to depart within the marina is tight; turning around a boat much larger than 46 would be VERY tight.
Captains Mike and Mary Dickens

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Report from Hobe Sound Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 998.5

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-31-2013

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Hobe Sound Anchorage lies west of the ICW channel between unlighted daybeacons #38 and #40.

Anchored between R44 and R46 on 3/27/13. Have anchored there last year also. Find good holding but somewhat exposed. Far enough off channel to limit wake from other boats. Would rate this anchorage a 3.
Has Royer s/v/Skye

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Report from North Palm Beach Waterway Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 1013

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-31-2013

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North Palm Beach Waterway Anchorage is on the waters of the first charted basin on the western banks of this alternate waterway which cuts off to the southwest of the ICW, northwest of the North Palm Beach/Parker Bridge.

Anchored there on 12/11/12. First time there. Nice homes surrounding anchorage. Weather radar showed lots of storms in the area. Put out 140′ of chain. Had several hours of heavy ts, wind from all directions and 10″ of rain. Boat swung 360 degrees several times and anchor held fine. Anchorage is relatively small, maybe two boats. Rate this one a good three.
Has Royer

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A Good Experience at North Palm Beach Marina, AICW Statute Mile 1014

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-16-2013

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North Palm Beach MarinaNorth Palm Beach Marina – A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! – lies on the southwestern banks of the ICW shortly after you pass under the restricted North Palm Beach/Parker bridge.
Last weekend, we received a report from Captain Young that she had been overcharged for overnight dockage at North Palm Beach Marina. We passed these comments along to the management here, and within 24 hours, they were in touch with Captain Claudia, and a refund had been issued. Now, that’s what I call GOOD customer service.
Mistakes can and do happen to all of us (I made a mistake just last year). The real mark of a quality operation is how well and how swiftly oversights are handled when they do happen. North Palm Beach Marina has passed that test with proverbial flying colors in our book!

Spent the night on 3/13/13. Good place to stop for transients. They had some computer issues and the final bill turned out to be wrong. We were slightly overcharged. Chris, the marina manager got in touch with us the day after and refunded the difference. We will be back.
Claudia Young

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Anchoring on the Eastern Shore Lake Worth Channel (Palm Beach, near St. M. 1018.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 02-03-2013

 Study chart 11472, and look at the waters south of Lake Worth Inlet. You will quickly spot a marked channel which parallels the eastern shore of Lake Worth. It is actually possible, for those piloting vessels that draw 4 feet or less, to follow this channel several miles to the south and eventually rejoin the AICW. Not that we are recommending that for first timers, but many local captains take this route day in and day out.
In regards to anchoring on these waters, in our SSECN Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory we suggest dropping the hook near the northern head of this side channel, east-southeast of marker #2. The Lucas duo (see below) chose to continue south on the eastern Lake Worth channel and anchor, well south of marker #6 and east of the northernmost of the two charted, rectangular “Spoil Areas.”
Sounds like in spite of the passing traffic, they had an enjoyable evening!

We are rookies at this, use this very helpful site, and it is nice to be able to contribute. We arrived for the first time in Lake Worth yesterday, planning to use this anchorage but were unprepared for the crowding we encountered! The detail chart (11472_7) helped us cruise slowly south past red markers 2,4 and 6 to the open area between cable markings and south of all the mooring fields. We anchored east of the first of two large rectangular spoil area in 17 ft of water, hoping that if we swung we’d stay clear. To our surprise, several large (meaning 100+ ft) yachts passed us, went near or over the spoil areas on their approach to the huge marina east of our position. After dark a large dinner cruiser circled around the spoil area before heading south in the ICW. Boats continued to use the channel between us and the eastern shore well into darkness, but everyone was at idle speed. We left our radio on, but no one told us to move and we spent a peaceful night.
Again, thank you! Our experience has been made much better with this site; the information and updates have been essential to keeping us from making serious mistakes along the way on that is our “shakedown cruise”.
Tim and Lisa Keith-Lucas, Santa Catalina de Guale

Great anchoring information and correct is so far as it goes.
Please be advised that the eastern channel discussed ends just north of the Flagler Bridge, (the first on the ICW south of Lake Worth Inlet) south of the marina discussed (Sailfish Club on Palm Beach). This channel becomes very shoal (less than 1 foot MLW).
If you choose to utilize this channel for a quiet, calm anchorage, and want to continue further south on the ICW, you may need to backtrack further north before you can cross the lake westbound to reconnect with the ICW (which runs down the west side of the ICW north of the Flagler Bridge) without grounding in the middle of the lake.
Capt. Ken Wright,
North Palm Beach

There are a LOT of boats anchored all over this general area. And the mega yachts do use that eastern channel. We ran down this channel from the inlet past marker 6 and saw depths over 20′. The anchorage had plenty of space for us with over 8′ of depth. A dredging operation was setting up as we left last Tuesday. one report was they were dredging that channel to accommodate the megayachts. Not sure if that is accurate but there is some major dredging setting up in the area. The space close to the inlet was very crowded so having all the extra space is great. Shore access at Rivera Beach marina might be charged $20, no open wifi.
Ted

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Fellow Cruiser Asks Your Advice re Peck Lake Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 992

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-30-2013

 Capt. Moran is an experienced cruiser who is wise enough to seek local knowledge, even in an area formerly visited. Let us hear from you if you have an answer for Capt. Moran.
Over the years, we have found that the best entry point from the AICW, into the anchorage seems to move. So, it would be invaluable if several of you who have visited here recently shared where you found the best water.
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I’ve been here several times, but it would be most helpful to know the exact entry point off the ICW to get into this anchorage. I’ve always depended on the kindness of those in this anchorage before me to guide me in due to the challenge of finding the ‘sweet spot’ to get over that bar…and passed it by on those occasions when some braver soul had not already ‘done the deed’ before me. Hints anyone?
Wally Moran

We are currently anchored in Peck Lake with winds up to 20 knots and good holding. The beach is really nice but cruiser’s with pets should know no dogs allowed. There are a lot of no seeums even with the wind at dusk and dawn.
Pam Neff

And, as usual, the cruising community has responded magnificently, with the generous advice below:

Leave ICW immediately south of G19. Head toward weather station on timber structure just off beach. As you get in to deeper water, head north again until water begins to shallow. Circle back to the south and anchor. There is lots of room, and holding is good. No problem with four foot draft.
Dogs ARE allowed on the ICW side of the park. They are not allowed east of the dune line. I contacted the park superintendent, and he confirmed this in an email to me. We were there with our dog on January 11, 2013
Norman Mason
Peggy Sue
Monk 36

Hi Claiborne,
I must tell you about our first visit to Peck Lake several years ago.
We had just purchased our first trawler, a second hand Mainship 390 in Fort Lauradale, it had come equipped with an Avon dingy and small outboard engine. So I dropped the hook for the first time at Peck Lake. I got the deflated dingy out of the engine compartment, inflated it and attached it to the swim platform, then I attached the outboard which was mounted up on the fly bridge, connected the fuel tank, with questionable fuel, primed it, but it wouldn’t go. After I had cleaned the fuel bowl and spark plug to no avail, Linda got the manual out. I might say by this time the dogs needed a potty break on the shore, they were all getting a little impatient with me. I promised we would stay in a marina the next day. I had always been familiar with Johnson and Evenrude engines, but this was one with the safety key neatly attached on a short chain to the engine and I had overlooked plugging it in. Naturally she pointed this out to me and the engine started immediately. We stayed at Peck Lake for three days and had a wonderful time playing with the dogs on the Atlantic side of the strip of land not approachable by land.
Great memories and probably the best anchorage on the ICW.
Graham Pugh
Kando 11
New Bern NC

From just south of marker 19 go directly toward the tide station ( platform). Anchorage is good on both sides of that line. Don’t go more than 150 yards to the south of that line. Depths run 6 to 8 feet.
Mike Koverman

We’ve anchored at Peck Lake with our two labradors, and they have enjoyed running on the beach on the Atlantic side. Never saw any signs saying “no dogs allowed”
Graham Pugh

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