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    • 66. Placida Harbor Anchorage

      66. Placida Harbor Anchorage
      Statute Mile 34.5
      Lat/Lon: near 26 49.812 North/082 16.715 West
      Location: found between unlighted daybeacon #24 and #24A
      Minimum Depth: 5-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient swinging room for vessels as large as 55 feet\
      Foul Weather Shelter: poor, fair weather anchorage only

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    • 67. Cape Haze Anchorage

      67. Cape Haze Anchorage
      Statute Mile 36
      Lat/Lon: near 26 50.706 North/082 17.184 West
      Location: lies off the Waterway’s northeastern banks northwest of unlighted daybeacon #30
      Minimum Depth: 8-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent

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      1. Claiborne -  August 27, 2009 - 2:53 pm

        Cape Haze Anchorage is excellent and protected from most directions. Holding and depth are good. 3-4 boats can fill it up, though.
        Jake Dye

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    • 68. Cove Anchorage

      68. Cove Anchorage
      Statute Mile 36.5
      Lat/Lon: near 26 51.061 North/082 17.831 West
      Location: fond on the waters of the large cove indenting the northeastern banks at unlighted daybeacon #35
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient swinging room for vessels as large as 42 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent

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    • 69. Don Pedro Island Anchorage

      69. Don Pedro Island Anchorage
      Statute Mile 37
      Lat/Lon: near 26 51.181 North/082 18.197 West
      Location: found on the charted 7-foot waters west-southwest of unlighted daybeacon #4
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good

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      1. James Angel -  March 23, 2012 - 7:20 am

        We anchored a little further south than where the marker is located on the chart. We found 6 feet at low tide and good holding. No wakes as this is a “no wake” zone on the ICW. A great spot to anchor if you want to visit Don Pedro State Park which is easy to get to by dinghy.

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    • 70. Englewood Beach Anchorage

      70. Englewood Beach Anchorage
      Statute Mile 43.5
      Lat/Lon: near 26 55.191 North/082 21.268 West
      Location: will be discovered on the broad ribbon of deep water that stretches southwest, northwest of flashing daybeacon #22 (immediately southeast of the 26-foot bascule bridge)
      Minimum Depth: 6-7 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good

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      1. Patrick and Jolene Sharrett -  December 29, 2013 - 3:34 pm

        Good afternoon,
        I’d like to notify SSEC members of water depth SW of Tom Adams Bridge on the GICW.
        Based on Dozier’s 2013 Waterway Guide, we anchored without problems mid-afternoon 12/17 approx 350 yds WSW of area that shows 7′ deep on the attached image. Our depth at anchorage was not less than 6.5′ thru the next Tide cycle.
        We weighed anchor at 0845 12/18, approx 10 minutes after low tide. At 0850 on a heading of 025T , to come into the ICW, we ran aground on a mud bar in 3.5′ of water.
        With another hour of incoming tide, the wake of a passing boat, and our main 75% out, we plowed out.
        Note, I do NOT fault the WWGuide. It’s been spot-on with everything, & track out was nearly on top of track in. Just a heads up for all.
        Best regards & Merry Christmas.
        Patrick & Jolene Sharrett
        Aboard Suite Jolene

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      2. Larry Annen -  December 29, 2013 - 3:31 pm

        We were just in that anchorage on 12-26/12-28 2013. When passing south under the Tom Adams bridge continue south about 400′ to N 26 55.974 W 082 21.117 (by the big sign) and then make your turn in towards the anchorage.
        You will see the boats anchored along the small island to your port side, head in and pass close behind these boats on the channel side. Follow the channel around to the left as there is an unmarked shoal in the center of the small bay.
        We draw 4′ 6″ and had plenty of depth at MLW.
        This is a ‘No Wake’ zone, and a nice anchorage. It’s a bit crowded though. Short dinghy ride to a couple of restaurants and bars, or over to Stump Pass. If you anchor where you have a good view of the shoal in the middle of the small bay, that’s pretty entertaining as well.
        Larry Annen

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      3. “FAIRWINDS” -  December 20, 2011 - 11:33 am

        Beware shoaling south of T. Adams Bridge along the west edge of the ICW. To avoid this shoal [when entering the Englewood Beach anchorage] that has formed further north than shown on the charts, turn toward the moored boats immediately after clearing the bridge (if southbound) and head directly toward the moored boats/mangrove. Note the additional shoaling north of the mooring field.
        Any boats carrying over 4 to 4 1/2 foot draft should avoid transitioning from the ICW at low tide – unless you have local knowledge. The best way to proceed from the bridge is to go directly toward and into the mooring field (idle speed, of course) from the bridge. Favor the south side after clearing the shoaling that parallels and is immediately adjacent to the ICW. Additional shoaling north of the mooring field extends from a point just west of the bridge almost to the docks on the western shore. If going to the White Elephant or to Chadwick Cove Marina, remain close to the docks on the western shore. Cutting the corner can put you hard aground.
        Having said that, the anchorage is protected quite nicely in virtually all weather conditions.
        Kindest Regards,
        “FAIRWINDS”

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      4. Mark Suby -  December 20, 2011 - 11:29 am

        This is a good anchorage, but since we have a heavy Gulfstar 39 sailboat with a 5′ draft, we want to point out a shoaling area along the western (toward the Gulf) side of the ICW that you have to clear before getting into the deeper water of the anchorage. We have bumped over this bar a couple times, but during higher tides we’ve had no problem. We tend to favor the bridge side of the sandbar before heading into the anchorage and have had fewer problems with access in our sailboat. There is a strong tidal current so set a good anchor with some scope and chain.
        Mark Suby

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      5. Denny Botkin -  December 20, 2011 - 11:29 am

        Good info, but there is nowhere to go ashore except the restaurant. So you can’t tie up there and go to the beach. Dockage is available at Chadwick Cove Marina adjacent to the restaurant (The White Elephant).
        Denny Botkin

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      6. Rick & Donna -  December 14, 2011 - 11:24 am

        There are no anchoring restrictions in lemon bay, except in the ICW. There is a good anchorage on the Lemon Bay side of Englewood Beach. To reach it, one bears right [southwest] after passing through [south of] the Tom Adams Bridge, leaving the ICW to your port. Stay in the middle of the channel, and head toward the moored and anchored boats off the mangrove island on your port side. Just past the moored boats there is a secure and safe anchorage. We live in North Port, and cruise Lemon Bay regularly.
        Fair Winds,
        Rick & Donna

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    • 71. Englewood Anchorage

      71. Englewood Anchorage
      Statute Mile 44.5
      Lat/Lon: near 26 56.964 North/082 21.627 West
      Location: lies between unlighted daybeacons #25 and #26
      Minimum Depth: 5 ½ feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair to poor, not the place to be caught in blustery winds

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      1. Jim & Patrice Rossman -  December 6, 2012 - 3:38 pm

        We are traveling the Great Loop Via “Ariverderci” Anchored out at Englewood, FL for the last two evenings. A great place to anchor and dingy into town. We anchored out for 2 nights. All went well.
        Jim & Patrice Rossman

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    • 72. Venice Anchorage

      72. Venice Anchorage
      Statute Mile 58.5
      Lat/Lon: near 27 06.642 North/082 27.601 West
      Location: found south of unlighted daybeacon #17
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good

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      1. ron -  May 26, 2010 - 2:36 pm

        During cruising season, better get here early. This is a very crowded anchorage and people seem to drop the hook anywhere along the channel. I would not use this if other options exist. We were well secured one night and another boat anchored literally on top of our hook. As the tide turned, he came within inches of our boat several times during the night. Needless to say, it was a derelict craft and captain. Why bother?

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    • 73. Venice – Higel Park Anchorage

      73. Venice – Higel Park Anchorage
      Statute Mile 58.5
      Lat/Lon: near 27 06.509 North/082 27.652 West
      Location: will be discovered south of the Venice Yacht Club, opposite the charted southernmost, blunt-ended cove
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good except in strong eastern winds

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      Comments from Cruisers (5)

      1. Dennis Sullivan -  April 4, 2012 - 9:25 pm

        Tried to anchor at Higel Park anchorage March 19, 2012, but found it too shallow even for our 3′ draft.
        Dennis Sullivan

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      2. Claiborne -  March 7, 2011 - 11:10 am

        This anchorage was packed with smaller vessels when we arrived in the evening. Although there were a few open spots depths and/or swing room was insufficient. We have a 38 foot catamaran. I would not recommend this anchorage to larger vessels. Spend the money to stay the night at The Crow’s Nest and enjoy the pub.
        Sheena

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      3. Claiborne -  November 8, 2010 - 2:54 pm

        This is not a good anchorage primarily because it is right along the channel that leads to the Venice Yacht Club on one side and along a shoal on the other side. As Ron said, people anchor too close together due to the restricted swing room. Best choice for a stop in Venice is to spend a few bucks and stay at the Crows Nest or the Venice YC. Otherwise, just keep on going.
        Rick

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      4. Claiborne -  October 26, 2010 - 11:41 am

        Last night we anchored in Venice on the west side of the Intracoastal in that little pocket just to the east of the Venice Yacht Club. It was a nice quiet evening. There were two boats at the public dock. About 18:00 a Towboat Us went by and I asked him what the situation was re: staying at the Higel Park docks overnight was. Answer was that the prohibition on overnight dockage did not seem to be enforced. Two days earlier I had called the City Of Venice and been informed that overnight at the anchorage on the west side by the YC or in Roberts Bay was OK but not at the dock at Higel Park.
        There you are with the latest.
        Fred Sorensen
        OA 43

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      5. Capt. Sterling -  April 28, 2010 - 12:57 pm

        Tight anchorage, keep in mind Venice is the city that had the water Nazi, and is now eliminating the free overnite dockage.
        I will go elsewhere to spend my cruising $$’s.

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