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    • 6. Lumber Key Anchorage

      6. Lumber Key Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 25 45.627 North/081 22.835 West
      Location: lies off the western banks of Lumber Key
      Minimum Depth: 4-6 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient swinging room for boats as large as 48 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, but open to western, northwestern and southwestern winds

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    • 7. Jack Daniels Key Anchorage

      7. Jack Daniels Key Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 25 47.882 North/081 25.931 West
      Location: found on the waters southeast of Jack Daniels Key
      Minimum Depth: 5-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient swinging room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good, but somewhat open to southern and southeastern winds

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    • 8. Kingston Key Anchorage

      8. Kingston Key Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 25 48.005 North/081 27.011 West
      Location: lies off the eastern shores of Kingston Key
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient swinging room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good, but open to southwestern winds

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    • 9. Indian Key Anchorage

      9. Indian Key Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 25 48.673 North/081 27.728 West
      Location: will be discovered southeast of the sandspit, off Indian Key’s northeasterly tip
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient swinging room for vessels as large as 55 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good, but a bit open to strong southern winds

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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Claiborne -  August 27, 2009 - 2:43 pm

        We anchored there in mid-Jun 2008 and found shallow depths close to the Key but adequate depths (6 ft) not too far offshore. Contrary to your guide, however, we did not find anything interesting here at all. We saw/heard commercial traffic very early but had anchored out of their path and they were not an issue.
        Regards,
        Duane Ising
        s/v Diva Di
        36 Catalina

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    • 10. Russell Pass Southern Anchorage

      10. Russell Pass Southern Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 25 49.917 North/081 26.516 West
      Location: found on the waters of charted Russell Pass which opens into the northern flank of the Indian Key-Everglades City channel, southwest of flashing daybeacon #7
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet
      Swing Room: almost unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good, but somewhat open to strong southern winds

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Ed Kydd -  January 2, 2013 - 3:50 pm

        In February 1980, while my wife, Helen and I were cruising in our 26 foot Pearson sailboat, we were anchored in Russell Bay when the anchorage became very choppy and we moved to Russell Pass.During the night we dragged anchor and at 0300 were wakened by mangroves running both sides of the boat. I rowed the dinghy till I found the pass again, went back and motored out to re-anchor with two anchors.
        The current in these passes can be pretty strong.
        What a beautiful cruising area.

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      2. Claiborne -  August 27, 2009 - 11:31 am

        Next stop for three days was Russell Pass outside Everglades City. A wonderful anchorage.
        We dinghied four miles into Everglades City . They really shouldn’t’t call it a ‘city’. Got bait there (frozen shrimp – hope the catfish don’t like it), but couldn’t get a Sunday paper. The reason for the trip to Everglades City was to lunch at the Rod and Gun Club – a very “old Florida” experience. It opened in the late 1800s and was one of the first winter destinations for the well-heeled from up north.
        As the name implies, they came to hunt and fish, and enjoy the sunshine. The walls of the place are crowded with the heads, bodies, and skins of their trophies as well as newspaper articles about the place through the years.
        It’s been quite the draw with presidents Truman, Roosevelt, and Cleveland visiting there as well as Sally Field and Mick Jagger (now there’s an unlikely collection). We dined on the large veranda and had OK food and delicious Mango Iced Tea. I’d put this on the ‘must see’ list for cruisers. Our chief photographer, Rick, sent us a lot of these photos he took of our dingy ride and lunch at Everglades City.
        Now, Everglades City is not just known for the Ron and Gun Club. It is air boat ride capital of the Everglades. So, for $37 per person, one can ride on one of those propeller-driven, water top skimming, turn-on-a-dime, flat-bottomed boats. Really, they told us that they only did the mangroves; and, WE DID MANGROVES!! So, what fun would that be? We decided on a nice lunch amongst the dead carcases instead.
        Norm Naughton
        Aboard M/V Tide Hiker

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    • 11. Russell Pass Middle Anchorage

      11. Russell Pass Middle Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 25 50.303 North/081 26.317 West
      Location: found on the waters of Russell Pass just short of the large, shallow cove cutting into the southeasterly banks
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient swinging room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent, great foul weather hidey hole

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Claiborne -  March 22, 2010 - 1:55 pm

        3-19-2010. This is the second time we have anchored just a tad south of the anchorage shown on the chart above [follow link below to check out the chartlet Captain Jean is referring to]. It is well protected with good depths. We aren’t going anywhere in the dinghy, just kicking back and catching up on email etc.
        Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE)

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      2. Claiborne -  August 27, 2009 - 11:31 am

        Next stop for three days was Russell Pass outside Everglades City. A wonderful anchorage.
        We dinghied four miles into Everglades City . They really shouldn’t’t call it a ‘city’. Got bait there (frozen shrimp – hope the catfish don’t like it), but couldn’t get a Sunday paper. The reason for the trip to Everglades City was to lunch at the Rod and Gun Club – a very “old Florida” experience. It opened in the late 1800s and was one of the first winter destinations for the well-heeled from up north.
        As the name implies, they came to hunt and fish, and enjoy the sunshine. The walls of the place are crowded with the heads, bodies, and skins of their trophies as well as newspaper articles about the place through the years.
        It’s been quite the draw with presidents Truman, Roosevelt, and Cleveland visiting there as well as Sally Field and Mick Jagger (now there’s an unlikely collection). We dined on the large veranda and had OK food and delicious Mango Iced Tea. I’d put this on the ‘must see’ list for cruisers. Our chief photographer, Rick, sent us a lot of these photos he took of our dingy ride and lunch at Everglades City.
        Now, Everglades City is not just known for the Ron and Gun Club. It is air boat ride capital of the Everglades. So, for $37 per person, one can ride on one of those propeller-driven, water top skimming, turn-on-a-dime, flat-bottomed boats. Really, they told us that they only did the mangroves; and, WE DID MANGROVES!! So, what fun would that be? We decided on a nice lunch amongst the dead carcases instead.
        Norm Naughton
        Aboard M/V Tide Hiker

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    • 12. Russell Pass Northern Anchorage

      12. Russell Pass Northern Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 25 50.542 North/081 26.019 West
      Location: lies 200 yards southwest of the charted split in the stream
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient swinging room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent, about as good as it gets

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. RJ SCHWANDNER -  April 22, 2015 - 2:24 pm

        I have used this anchorage a few times in wind from the north @ 35 mph as stated ( as good as it gets ). 37 foot sailing vessel 5ft draft. S/V TIME

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      2. Claiborne -  August 27, 2009 - 11:31 am

        Next stop for three days was Russell Pass outside Everglades City. A wonderful anchorage.
        We dinghied four miles into Everglades City . They really shouldn’t’t call it a ‘city’. Got bait there (frozen shrimp – hope the catfish don’t like it), but couldn’t get a Sunday paper. The reason for the trip to Everglades City was to lunch at the Rod and Gun Club – a very “old Florida” experience. It opened in the late 1800s and was one of the first winter destinations for the well-heeled from up north.
        As the name implies, they came to hunt and fish, and enjoy the sunshine. The walls of the place are crowded with the heads, bodies, and skins of their trophies as well as newspaper articles about the place through the years.
        It’s been quite the draw with presidents Truman, Roosevelt, and Cleveland visiting there as well as Sally Field and Mick Jagger (now there’s an unlikely collection). We dined on the large veranda and had OK food and delicious Mango Iced Tea. I’d put this on the ‘must see’ list for cruisers. Our chief photographer, Rick, sent us a lot of these photos he took of our dingy ride and lunch at Everglades City.
        Now, Everglades City is not just known for the Ron and Gun Club. It is air boat ride capital of the Everglades. So, for $37 per person, one can ride on one of those propeller-driven, water top skimming, turn-on-a-dime, flat-bottomed boats. Really, they told us that they only did the mangroves; and, WE DID MANGROVES!! So, what fun would that be? We decided on a nice lunch amongst the dead carcases instead.
        Norm Naughton
        Aboard M/V Tide Hiker

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    • 13. Picnic Key Anchorage

      13. Picnic Key Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 25 49.278 North/081 29.116 West
      Location: found southwest of Picnic Key
      Minimum Depth: 4 – 5-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient swinging room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to southern and southwestern winds

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