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Lake Worth Inlet Anchorage

Lake Worth Inlet Anchorage
Statute Mile: 1018.5
Lat/Lon: near 26 46.085 North/080 02.637 West
Location: anchor on the deep water south of the Lake Worth Inlet approach channel’s flashing daybeacon #11
Minimum Depth: 8-feet
Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
Foul Weather Shelter: Fair, open to southern and southwestern winds


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Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (5)

  1. Larry Shick -  November 11, 2013 - 5:46 pm

    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

  2. Mo -  November 9, 2013 - 1:52 am


    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 foun 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 Hero bridge and bought drinks and used their dock to walk 2 mins to Publix. It was a wet dingy 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.

  3. Ted -  February 9, 2013 - 11:04 am

    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.

  4. Capt. Ken Wright, -  February 9, 2013 - 10:35 am

    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

  5. Tim and Lisa Keith-Lucas -  February 9, 2013 - 10:35 am

    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


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