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    • 1. St. Johns Anchorage

      1. St. Johns Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 30 23.442 North/081 29.186 West
      Location: lies along the southerly banks of the St. Johns River, southwest of flashing buoy #27
      Minimum Depth: 10 feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair to poor, sheltered only from southern, southeastern and southwestern winds

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    • 2. St. Johns Bluff Anchorage

      2. St. Johns Bluff Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 30 23.272 North/081 29.654 West
      Location: fond along the southern banks of the St. Johns River, hard by the charted location of St. Johns Bluff and between flashing daybeacons #31 and #33
      Minimum Depth: 12 feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair to poor, sheltered only from southern, southeastern and southwestern winds

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    • 3. Clapboard Creek Anchorage

      3. Clapboard Creek Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 30 25.325 North/081 30.155 West
      Location: will be discovered on the waters of Clapboard Creek, upstream of the 12 foot fixed bridge
      Minimum Depth: 7 feet
      Special Comment: Note than entry into this anchorage is greatly restricted by the 12-foot bridge
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 42 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good, in all but strong southern winds

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    • 4. Cedar Point Creek Anchorage

      4. Cedar Point Creek Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 30 24.604 North/081 30.068 West
      Location: lies along the centerline of Cedar Point Creek, which flows off Clapboard Creek (see just above
      Minimum Depth: 9 feet, but it is easy to wander into 1-foot soundings – this is a navigationally difficult anchorage
      Special Comment: note than entry into this anchorage is greatly restricted by a 12-foot fixed bridge
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good in all but strong northeasterly winds

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    • 5. Mill Cove Anchorage

      5. Mill Cove Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 30 23.004 North/081 32.293 West
      Location: found on the waters of the broad stream stretching from the St. Johns to Mill cove, west of flashing buoy #43
      Minimum Depth: 8 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 55 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair to poor, particularly open to strong southern, northern and northeastern winds

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      1. Bill -  June 5, 2014 - 8:31 pm

        Anchored here last month and again last night in our 54′ motor yacht with 4.5′ draft. We found a spot about 200 yards back from the entrance near the charted 14′ area on the west side. Holding was good in 10-15K winds and one 180 degree tidal swing. Not much small boat traffic or waking from the main river channel, but still pretty exposed. Fun watching the container ships loading/unloading across the river. Could easily accommodate vessels to 60 feet. Anchor came up clean as a whistle in the morning.

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    • 6. Trout River Anchorage

      6. Trout River Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 30 23.616 North/081 38.579 West
      Location: lies on the mid-width of Trout River between Seafarers Marina and Pier 68 Marina
      Minimum Depth: 6 ½ foot depths, but use of a GPS chartplotter will help greatly to avoid nearby shallows
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, but open to eastern winds

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      1. Chris Burnham -  August 22, 2013 - 12:25 pm

        Stayed on anchor here March-September of 2011. If you google “trout river bridge” and “death” “murder” “drowning” or any other bad thing there are a lot. This is not a nice neighborhood. beware the tides push through the bridge at 4-7 knots and I have seen several boats get sideways on the pilings. Park your boat far enough out to be beyond swim range (100 yds. +), or the locals will get drunk or high and board your boat. The marina docks have liveaboards that keep an eye out, make friends. There are multiple derelict, sinking vessels and shipwrecks. Now the good: it’s right infront of the zoo and vessels that arrive to the docks get free access to the zoo, and it is my favorite hurricane hole for st johns river, just watch out when the hurricanes come every boat on the river not in protected waters will try to anchor there and usually 1-2 of them end up on the beach due to insufficient bottom gear so “know your surroundings”.
        Chris Burnham

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    • 7. Exchange Island Northern Anchorage

      7. Exchange Island Northern Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 30 19.715 North/081 36.789 West
      Location: found on the broad ribbon of water running between Exchange Island and the mainland community of “Arlingon,” south and east of flashing buoy #75
      Minimum Depth: 8 feet, if you can keep to the unmarked channel
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 55 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good, from all but strong northern winds
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    • 8. Exchange Island Southern Anchorage

      8. Exchange Island Southern Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 30 19.569 North/081 36.797 West
      Location: found on the broad ribbon of water running between Exchange Island and the mainland community of “Arlingon,” south and east of flashing buoy #75
      Minimum Depth: 8 feet, though some shoals surround the approach to this anchorage from the main St. Johns River channel
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 55 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good, from all but strong northern winds
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    • 10. Pirates Cove Anchorage

      10. Pirates Cove Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 30 15.243 North/081 41.595 West
      Location: will be discovered on the waters of Pirates Cove, west and north of the Florida Yacht Club
      Minimum Depth: 4 feet ONLY!!!!
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent
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      Special Comment: can be used only by vessels drawing 3 ½ feet or PREFERABLY LESS

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    • 11. Plummers Cove Anchorage

      11. Plummers Cove Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 30 11.565 North/081 38.221 West
      Location: lies southeast of unlighted daybeacon #9 and just north of the Interstate 295 bridge
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to western and southwestern winds
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      1. R. J. McMullen -  September 25, 2009 - 2:01 am

        We have used this anchorage for YEARS as wonderful weekend spot. The holding is great- sand under mud. Wind protection is good. No current. Few wakes. Scenery is nice- bridge is pretty at night. Can be noisy from the bridge traffic if the wind is from the south. Take the dinghy north around the point into Goodbys’ Creek to dock at Hooters and access local stores.

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    • 12. Doctors Lake Mill Cove Anchorage

      12. Doctors Lake Mill Cove Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 30 07.449 North/081 43.184 West
      Location: found on the eastern 1/3 of Mill Cove; this cove makes into the eastern banks of Doctors Lake, south of Geigers Point
      Minimum Depth: minimum 4 ½ feet, but many soundings in the 5 ½ to 6 foot range
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to eastern and northeastern winds
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      Special Comment: this anchorage should only be used by vessels drawing LESS THAN 4 feet; watch out for the charted pilings

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      1. Jeanie & Wes -  January 30, 2012 - 11:35 am

        We are in Mill Cove on Doctors Lake tonight. Lovely spot.
        Jeanie & Wes on
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    • 13. Doctors Lake, Sugarhouse Cove Anchorage

      13. Doctors Lake, Sugarhouse Cove Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 30 07.533 North/081 45.532 West
      Location: found near the western limits of Sugarhouse Cove, north of Peoria Point
      Minimum Depth: 6 feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to eastern and northeastern winds
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    • 14. Doctors Lake, Swimming Pin Creek Anchorage

      14. Doctors Lake, Swimming Pin Creek Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 30 06.039 North/081 44.811 West
      Location: found on the waters of Swimming Pen Creek, which makes off from the southeastern tip of Doctors Lake; anchorage lies just north, northwest of the charted 9-foot fixed bridge
      Minimum Depth: 5 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 36 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent
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      Special Comment: Whitney’s Fish Camp Restaurant lies within easy dinghy distance of this anchorage

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      1. Bernie Heinemann -  June 5, 2010 - 8:18 am

        We anchored a 50ft. boat just outside the creek entrance and went in to Whitie’s for lunch. A storm came through and the anchor dragged (a lot). Got back to the boat just before it hit a boat dock. Bottom is soft muck which doesn’t hold well.
        The dockmaster at Whiteys said the water up to the bridge is 6-8 feet deep and he has had 60 ft. boats at his dock. Call him and he’ll make space for you if you want to use the restaurant. It sounds as if you can spend the night there – no hookups.

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    • 15. Julington Creek Anchorage

      15. Julington Creek Anchorage Lat.Lon: near 30 07.755 North/081 38.068 West
      Location: will be found on the centerline of Julington Creek, west of the charted 15-foot fixed bridge
      Minimum Depth: 5 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 55 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, wide open to western and eastern winds
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      1. Claiborne -  August 12, 2009 - 1:27 pm

        Just had to share our current anchorage with you, what a fun stop! We are currently anchored in Julington Creek which is about 15 miles south of downtown JAX on the east bank. I will warn you that the holding here is “soupy” at best, we actually put out both the CQR & the Danforth. We have only had 5 to 10 mph west winds so the chain on the CQR has just laid on the bottom, we would only come back here in setteled weather. We are anchored in about 7′ of water, about 300 yards west of the marina, between the sailboats. The reason for mentioning anchoring in the sailboats is that it’s the quietest area for boat traffic, I would not anchor south of the sailboats because that’s the area the boats use to get in & out of the marina, day or night. I guess a person could tie up at the marina but I don’t have info on their operation??
        On the north bank just west of the marina is a public launch ramp with a dock which would be a great place to potty the dogs. Now for the funky part………………….
        There is restaurant called Clark’s Fish Camp http://www.clarksfishcamp.com which is on up the river about a mile from the anchorage, take the left fork and you will see Clark’s on your left. What a great place to eat and drink killer Bloody Mary’s, see the menu on their website. See the attached photo I’ve included of the prime rib they serve, it’s HUGE.
        I have also included fellow cruisers who might be headed this way so they know to visit if they get in the neighborhood. It would also be a quick drive from downtown JAX if one had a car!
        The water gets pretty skinny getting in here but it’s WELL worth the effort!
        Brenda & Todd Lanning
        M/V Life’s2Short
        40′ Oceania

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    • 16. Cunningham Creek Cove Anchorage

      16. Cunningham Creek Cove Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 30 05.664 North/081 38.446 West
      Location: lies west of the entrance to Cunningham Creek, and well east of the St. John’s flashing daybeacon #15
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: poor, wide open to western, northwestern and southwestern winds
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    • 17. Black Creek Anchorage

      17. Black Creek Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 30 03.219 North/081 43.305 West
      Location: Black Creek lies well west of the St. John’s flashing daybeacon #17A
      Minimum Depth: 8 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent, great foul weather hidey hole
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      Special Comment: your vessel must be able to clear a 30 foot fixed bridge to access this anchorage

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    • 18. Florence Cove Anchorage

      18. Florence Cove Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 29 59.139 North/081 35.076 West
      Location: found southeast of the Shands – Green Cove Springs bridge and well east of flashing daybeacon #22
      Minimum Depth: 5-feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair to good, but open to western and southwestern winds
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      1. Claiborne -  August 12, 2009 - 1:03 pm

        Subject: Florence Cove Anchorage (St. Johns River, South of Green Cove Springs)
        Cruising News: We live in Florence Cove and welcome cruisers to our area of the river!!
        We monitor Ch 16 in the house for river traffic , and often go out to the boats anchored to welcome them. Anchorage N29 59.075 W81 35.232 (7Ft/Hard Sand), N29 59.105 W81 35.084 (6Ft/Mud) In the bottom of the cove are two mooring anchors we use for hurricans for our boats. Anyone wanting to use them for a nght or two is welcome. 5ft min depth normally(125ft+ swing).. soft mud bottom.. ve ry protected on three sides (open to the West)
        But if you want to go off the hook, Outback Crab Shack (Six Mile Creek) next cove South, has a great 1,500ft floating dock! They had a 100ft+ in there last summer! To get in.. stay South of Jackwright Island Point Sand Bar. then North of Palmo Point Shoal, large cove, lots of room. The shallowest part is just in front of last three docks to the South as you enter Six Mile Creek (5-6 Ft Soft Mud).
        N29 58.167/W81 33.708, N29 58.167/W81 33.634, N29 58.172/W81 33.606
        Rex & Jimmie
        42 Carver Mariner

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