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    • 27. Murphy Creek – Murphy Island Anchorage

      27. Murphy Creek – Murphy Island Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 29 35.056 North/081 39.524 West
      Location: will be found between the charted “13” and “10” foot charted soundings, south of Murphy Island, just short of the creek’s sharp turn to the south, southeast; eastern mouth of Murphy Creek intersects Dunn Creek (see above) near the latter stream’s northern mouth
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent
      Rating: three anchorages

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      Comments from Cruisers (3)

      1. Dave & Nan Ellen Fuller -  February 7, 2014 - 11:10 am

        We were there in November 2013. It is fine as an anchorage with no depth problems as long as you stay in the marked channel. We cruised the entire length of it and never saw less than 7 feet at any time. We did not stop here, but had it planned as an alternate if the weather turned bad. You will see wildlife here, but nothing like what you will see further south.
        If you are interested in our trip down the St. Johns, our blog is at The wildlife gets better and better the further south you go and reaches its peak in the Blue Springs area near DeLand and Hontoon Island State Park. Be sure your dinghy is ready to explore areas your boat will not be able to navigate and you will see a part of Florida that few cruisers have a chance to see. The St. Johns has been the highlight of our Loop so far. Check our blog for details.
        Dave & Nan Ellen Fuller

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      2. Elaine & Russ Sturm -  February 7, 2014 - 9:51 am

        We have a 37′ trawler 3′ draft, 16′ beam. Murphy Creek is one of our favorite anchorages. We have traveled the entire Creek entering both the north & south and exiting both as well. The North entrance is shallower at times but stick to the chart.
        I have some amazing pictures from our times on anchor. Its a quiet peaceful anchor spot.
        We spent several months last year traveling the entire St. Johns after purchasing our boat. Its a great river.
        Elaine & Russ Sturm
        Twelve Stones

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      3. Sharron & David -  February 25, 2013 - 4:32 pm

        Last Thanksgiving we took a few days to explore the river south of Jacksonville to Sanford Fl. It was a beautiful trip. We would highly
        recommend Murphys Creek anchorage if you are heading to the springs. Great wildlife. The springs were very shallow and a challenge. Saw a couple of eagle and a large gator. Passing by Blue spings we did see a few manatee.
        This is a lovely trip.
        Sharron & David

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