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    • Indian River Spaceport Anchorage

      Indian River Spaceport Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 882
      Lat/Lon: near 28 34.527 North/080 45.824 West
      Location: east-northeast of flashing daybeacon #38
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Special Comment: This anchorage is good for watching space launches from nearby Cape Canaveral
      Swing Room: sufficient room for almost any size cruising craft
      Foul Weather Protection: Poor, fair weather anchorage only

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Capt Bob Onboard ALLEZ! -  November 18, 2012 - 6:47 pm

        We have had the same great view for the last four launches
        from our slip at the Cocoa Village Marina. Which usually
        includes a launch party at the beautiful Club house.

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      2. Captains Mark & Diana Doyle -  November 16, 2012 - 4:51 pm

        Hi Claiborne,
        An anchorage in the middle of nowhere … What’s the big deal?
        Yep, Indian River Anchorage is a nondescript stopover with no protection and no shore access — but with the memories of a lifetime!
        All you have to do is time your overnight stay with a rocket launch from nearby Kennedy Space Center.
        There may be no nearby shore access or services, but you’re talking front row seats for the Cape Canaveral launches!
        Fortunately, rocket launches only proceed with perfectly calm conditions, the same conditions you’ll want in order to stay at this unprotected anchorage along the Indian River at STM 882.2.
        Located a full two statute miles off the ICW, there is a pocket of 7-foot depths in the middle of the incredibly wide Indian River (see the sample page from our AnchorGuide series below).
        We’ll never see another shuttle launch like the one pictured here but there are three more launches currently scheduled for this year, two of them Atlas rockets!
        Plan ahead by checking KSC’s rocket launch schedule at: http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/events.aspx
        On November 13th an Atlas V rocket will launch the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, a U.S. military prototype spaceplane.
        On December 6th an Atlas V rocket will launch a NASA communications satellite.
        On December 15 a Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon spacecraft on a cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station.
        Pretty exciting stuff for a “boring” anchorage in the middle of the Indian River!
        Best and see you On the Water,
        Captains Mark & Diana Doyle

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    • Addison Point Bridge Anchorages

      Addison Point Bridge Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 885
      Lat/Lon:
      28 31.755 North/080 46.179 West (anchorage northwest of Addison Point Bridge)
      28 31.889 North/080 45.140 West (anchorage well northeast of Addison Point Bridge)
      28 31.563 North/080 46.202 West (anchorage southwest of Addison Point Bridge)
      28 31.512 North/080 45.348 West (anchorage southeast of Addison Point Bridge)
      Location: north and south of the Addison Point Bridge, east and west of the ICW channel
      Minimum Depth: 7-foot depths
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair, choose anchorage that gives you protection from the forecasted wind direction

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Leigh Hough -  November 30, 2010 - 4:28 pm

        On a night of blustery (gusting to 25+) winds from the east, we set the hook on the SE corner of the Addison Point Bridge, and the holding (in about 7′ or so) was outstanding. We had only one other boat with us, but felt quite secure even as we had a middle-of-the-night squall. Nice spot, too – nothing really there, no place to land, but pleasant for watching the sun set across the water – and if there had been a shuttle launch as planned for 30 November, it would have been a sweet spot to view it, too!

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      2. Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE) -  December 9, 2009 - 9:44 pm

        We have stayed at Addison Point many times and in all but the south east quadrant. Tonight we are northwest of the bridge trying to duck out of a southwest wind. It’s a little bouncy and there is always noise from the NASA Causeway, especially at rush hour but it’s a convenient place to anchor. The traffic dies down at night.

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    • Cocoa Anchorages

      Cocoa Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 897
      Lat/Lon:
      near 28 21.265 North/080 43.286 West (anchorage southwest of Cocoa twin bridges)
      near 28 21.313 North/080 42.912 West (anchorage southeast of Cocoa twin bridges)
      Location: located east and west of the Waterway channel, a short hop south of the Cocoa twin bridge
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair; but open to southern, southeastern and southwestern winds
      Dinghy Dock Access: As of March 2019, there is no longer a dinghy dock and nearby Cocoa Village Marina also does not have a dinghy dock. Access to shore is negligible.

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      Comments from Cruisers (4)

      1. Laura -  January 4, 2011 - 9:32 pm

        Cocoa Village is a great spot to spend a few days – with tons of restaurants to choose from, and arts & crafts fairs to Mardi Gras parties. There is the fancy upscale french restaurant, Cafe Margeaux, Brasas Argentina Steakhouse and a Thai Thai restaurant as well. Lots of shops and walking around, plus a historic theatre and let’s not forget Travis Hardware which has been around since the 1800’s and has any hard-to-find fitting you might need. Merritt Square Mall is about 5 miles away over the bridge for shopping at JC Penney, Sears, Macy’s & Dillards.

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      2. Allen Ames -  April 13, 2010 - 7:57 pm

        In southerly winds when the two anchorages marked here are uncomfortable, there is a nice anchorage Northeast of the bridge near the marked “channel to nowhere”. A dinghy ride along that channel will take you past a bait shack/bar (favor that side as there is a shoal in the middle of the “cove”) on the right to Ms Apple’s Crab Shack offering the best blue crabs on the east coast and lots of fresh fish and shrimp as well as full meals. About a block up the road is a West Marine.

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      3. Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE) -  April 3, 2010 - 2:55 pm

        We don’t usually stop at Cocoa but did 4/1/10. Enjoyed the town, huge rootbeer floats at the Village Ice Cream and Sandwich Shoppe and pizza at Ryan’s. The holding is so good that we barely got the anchor out of the tarry bottom. Lots of room for boats.

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    • Open Anchorage

      Open Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 901.5
      Lat/Lon: near 28 18.799 North/080 41.745 West
      Location: on the charted deepwater patch southeast of flashing daybeacon #83
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for most any size cruising craft
      Foul Weather Protection: Poor, fair weather anchorage only

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    • The Point Anchorages

      The Point Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 904.5
      Lat/Lon:
      near 28 16.061 North/080 40.323 West (anchorage northwest of `The Point’)
      near 28 15.922 North/080 40.283 West (anchorage southwest of `The Point’)
      Location: found on the charted deepwater coves to the north and south of `The Point,’ southeast of unlighted daybeacon #89
      Minimum Depth: 5-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for almost any size cruising craft
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair, but open to western, northwestern and southwestern winds

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    • Banana River Anchorages

      Banana River Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 914
      Lat/Lon:
      near 28 08.601 North/080 36.162 West (anchorage south of Mathers Bridge, and east of Dragon Point)
      near 28 09.067 North/080 36.415 West (anchorage north of Mathers Bridge)
      Location: on the waters of extreme southern Banana River, north and south of the charted Mathers 7-foot swing bridge
      Minimum Depth: 8-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 48 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Good, particularly on the southerly of these two anchorages

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      Comments from Cruisers (4)

      1. David Power -  May 5, 2011 - 9:24 am

        We spent several days here this April, amchored between the abandoned home on the Point and the yacht club in 15+ feet, in windy conditions. Great holding. Although Anchorage Yacht Basin, the marina directly at the entrance to the anchorage, no longer offers a dinghy dock because of misuse by cruisers several years ago, we used a sandy beach just east of the marina, with no problems from law enforcement. The marina said this spot is used all of the time. Must be because there is a well worn path up to the street, right past the No Trespassing sign.

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      2. Jim -  November 4, 2010 - 6:29 pm

        Yes, but you can go ashore on the SR 518 causeway and its just a short walk to the C (convenience) store!

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      3. Claiborne -  November 1, 2010 - 1:53 pm

        I am currently off Dragon Point and like it much. Watch out you don’t go inward of unmarked pilings. It gets shallow quick.
        Tie dink in abandoned lot behind gas station, Publix and shopping [center].
        Was speaking to Sargent of local police when he realized after 15 min we were standing by a “NO TRESPASSSING” sign. Like everywhere I guess enforcement depends by your attitude and how well you clean up after yourself.
        Nancy Ojard

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      4. Claiborne -  December 13, 2009 - 9:45 am

        Subject: Dragon Point Anchorage
        Cruising News: Has anyone anchored off Dragon Point or used the anchorage at the mouth of the Banana River recently? It appears the local community has a ban on anchoring and the marinas won’t allow a dinghy to tie up. If so, why bother stopping there? Or are we missing something?
        Rick Emerson

        As expected, the anchoring ban has been overruled by the change in the new anchoring law. However, the area marinas are still adamant about not allowing dinghies from anchored boats to tie up. Friends stayed in the area because they had to go ashore for business reasons. Their only choice was to take a slip at, in their case, Telemar Bay Marina.
        Rick Emerson

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    • Island Anchorages

      Island Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 925.5
      Lat/Lon:
      near 27 59.326 North/080 32.661 West (anchorage west of the island, west of unlighted daybeacon #22)
      near 27 59.284 North/080 32.590 West (anchorage south of the island, west of unlighted daybeacon #22)
      near 27 58.950 North/080 32.600 west (anchorage west of the island between unlighted daybeacons #22 and #23)
      near 27 58.885 North/080 32.510 West (anchorage south of the island between unlighted daybeacons #22 and #23)
      near 27 58.584 North/080 32.527 West (anchorage well west of the island, northwest of unlighted daybeacon #24)
      Location: located to the south and west of the series of small islands, lying off the Waterway’s western flank between unlighted daybeacons #18 and #24
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet, but far shallower waters are nearby
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair; choose anchorage that provides a lee from the prevailing wind

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    • Secluded Anchorage

      Secluded Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 945.5
      Lat/Lon: near 27 44.273 North/080 23.634 West
      Location: behind the small, charted island, northeast of unlighted daybeacon #102
      Minimum Depth: 5 feet
      Special Comment: This mooring field is managed by the nearby Vero Beach Municipal Marina
      Swing Room: TIGHT – sufficient room for vessels as large as 32 feet ONLY
      Foul Weather Protection: Very Good

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      1. Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE) -  April 3, 2010 - 3:07 pm

        We stop here almost every time we pass by, including Mar 31, 2010. We usually anchor about halfway up behind the island, but this time a little more to the south, about 150 feet south of a buoy midstream. We had our usual quiet night but in the morning, pulled up a heavy chain attached to an old mooring and caught on our anchor. I had seen two moorings here in previous years and wondered where one of them went – now we know! So be aware that there have been moorings midstream behind the island and there is the possibility of catching one with your anchor. Other than that it’s a delightful, protected spot. The anchor symbol on the map above shows the anchorage at the north end of the island but the description is for behind the island.

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    • Vero Beach Mooring Field

      Vero Beach Mooring Field
      Statute Mile: 952
      Lat/Lon: near 27 39.547 North/080 22.251 West
      Location: on the waters of Bethel Creek, moving northeast and north from the Vero Beach/Merrill Barber, high-rise bridge, south of flashing daybeacon #139
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet
      Special Comment: This mooring field is managed by the nearby Vero Beach Municipal Marina
      Swing Room: Good, but a bit open to strong northern winds
      Foul Weather Protection: Good, but open to strong northeastern winds
      Waste Pump-out Availability: Vero Beach Marina operates it’s pump-out boat during season (Oct-May) at their mooring field. Otherwise, you go to the fuel dock for pump-out. Call the marina at (772)231-2819 or Ch-16. For more information, go to http://www.covb.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={C75CAE38-03F6-46DE-8F44-07D0EDDD77DD}

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      1. Kat -  December 27, 2011 - 10:48 am

        We stayed on a shared mooringball in Vero beach about 3 weeks ago and although had planned to stay for 2 days left after one night because of voracious no seeums ! Unfortunately the people moored alongside us said bugs were not a problem so we did not use nets or take precautions until too late ending up with up to 50 bites each. I must add that we have stayed before in a more breezy location and not had a problem.
        Kat

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      2. James & Gloria Crawford -  March 24, 2011 - 11:36 am

        We just spent 5 days in Vero Beach mooring field. Our original plan was for two days, but Vero Beach was just wonderful and we stayed 3 extra days. The staff was friendly and helpful and the long term residents were delightful. There is a bus that runs in front of the Marina.
        We did lock our dinghy when we were gone for the day, but we do that where ever we go.
        The Vero Beach Yacht Club and US Power Squadron are located next door to the Marina. The Power Squadron was having a party and the guys yelled to our boat to “come on over!”
        James & Gloria Crawford

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      3. Searaven -  March 2, 2011 - 4:08 pm

        We have been in Vero’s mooring field several times. It is a well protected harbor. When we have are dingy in the water we always have two lines secured to it at night and have never had a problem. At vero they have a dingy dock to go into and tie up for the day. We do have a padlock on our motor at all times to deter the less determined individuals. But in eight years of traveling and 24k nm we have never had an issue.
        Searaven

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    • Cook Point Anchorage

      Cook Point Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 964.5
      Lat/Lon: near 27 28.811 North/080 18.781 West
      Location: on the charted Cook Point channel which leaves the Waterway just north of the North Fort Pierce bascule bridge, and south of flashing daybeacon #182
      Minimum Depth: 6 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 36 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Good, but open to strong northeastern winds

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      1. Claiborne -  August 12, 2009 - 1:21 pm

        Subject: Anchorage-Cook Pt./Ft. Pierce
        Cruising News: Anchored up cut adjacent to north side of Cook Pt./Ft. Pierce, went in 1/4 mile beyond low bridge on south side of cut to beyond the Idle Speed/No Wake sign. Plenty of water on south side of cut. A little skinny for the first 1/10th mile. Good protection w/a bonus of a fair view of the Nov. 14 Endeavor launch.
        John & Sue Morrissey
        m/v ABIGAIL

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    • Faber Cove Anchorages

      Faber Cove Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 966.5
      Lat/Lon:
      near 27 27.387 North/080 18.278 West (anchorage between unlighted daybeacons #7 and #9
      near 27 27.933 North/080 17.737 West (anchorage in Faber Cove)
      Location: on the marked and charted channel running east-northeast from unlighted daybeacon #188
      Minimum Depth: 5 ½ feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair on anchorage between unlighted daybeacons #7 and #9, wide open to southern, southeastern and southwestern winds ‘“ Excellent on anchorage in Faber Cove

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      1. Chris -  January 28, 2013 - 12:50 pm

        We anchor here on return from the Bahamas. There can be a strong side-set leaving and returning to the ICW. Depths are less than charted in the NE corner of the intersection. Use a low level anchor light as condo lighting really obscures a masthead light.
        Chris

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      2. pam neff -  January 27, 2013 - 4:22 pm

        We anchored just south of marker 9 in the entrance to Faber Cove. It was so peaceful and not too crowded. There were about 5 other boats. We were in 15 ft. of water with good holding. We were a bit concerned about the wastewater treatment plant to the northwest of us but the wind was out of the east so no smells.

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      3. Claiborne -  January 11, 2010 - 3:41 pm

        We anchored in Faber Cove due to the East wind protection. About an hour after anchoring the Coast Guard came by and said that we were reported “in distress” we told them no that we had just anchored and were fine. They saw no problem with our position, wished us a good day and left. About an hour after that the Fort Pierce Police boat arrived and said that we could not stay there because we were too close to the channel and if we caused any accidents we would be financially responsible and that if we dinghyed in our dinghy would be stolen and we’d be financially responsible for that too. It was four guns to none, so we moved out further in the bay and anchored in 12′ and no further problem. Florida has passed legislation in 2006 that you can anchor anywhere if you are not a live aboard boat, so what’s up? By the way, Harbour Isle (just off Faber Cove) is running a special dockage at $1.00 per foot with $5.00 per day for electricals. Nice place, floating docks, easy walk to restaurants and stores.
        John Howe

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      4. Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE) -  December 11, 2009 - 8:18 pm

        We anchored at Faber Cove a few years ago and it was so crowded that we’ve never tried it again – anchored south of Causeway Island instead. However, tonight there is a strong east wind so we decided to give the cove a try again. We were pleasantly surprised to find only two boats anchored when we arrived and only two have comes since. Great, well protected spot good depth: 9 ft plus on the east side of the cove.

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      5. Jim Fuller -  September 24, 2009 - 11:22 am

        Excellent well protected anchorage in 6+ feet.
        Only concern is at low tide there is a “hump” at 12A & 13 that is easly passed over with a minimum of effort.
        It is soft and not a majour concern. I draw 5.5 and have only touchedt twice at extreme low tide.

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    • Open Anchorage

      Open Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 970
      Lat/Lon: near 27 24.183 North/080 17.492 West
      Location: lies east of unlighted daybeacon 195
      Minimum Depth: 6 ½ feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for virtually any size cruising craft
      Foul Weather Protection: Poor, fair weather anchorage only

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      1. PassePartout -  May 7, 2015 - 1:41 pm

        A lovely anchorage for easterly and even westerly winds.
        Avoid the nearby cove at sundown– the mosquitos are the worst I’ve ever seen.
        Can walk dogs on west shore in some spots.
        PassePartout

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      2. Kris Hundley -  May 1, 2015 - 8:58 am

        5/1/2015
        Great holding. Comfortable night anchored south of marker #9 with winds from north/northwest.

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    • Jensen Beach Bridge Anchorages

      Jensen Beach Bridge Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 981
      Lat/Lon:
      near 27 15.291 North/080 13.398 West (anchorage northwest of Jensen Beach Bridge)
      near 27 14.996 North/080 13.284 West (anchorage southwest of Jensen Beach Brdige)
      Location: lie west of the Waterway, north and south of the Jensen Beach bascule bridge, south of unlighted daybeacon #219
      Minimum Depth: 5-feet
      Swing Room:
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair, anchorage north of bridge open to northern and northeastern winds; anchorage south of bridge open to southern, southeastern and southwestern breezes

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      1. Chad Meyer -  November 12, 2015 - 3:21 pm

        So I ended up staying here nearly two weeks. The spot was just too good. There’s a nice park north of the anchorage that my dog loved and a bait shop west that was happy to let me use their beach for the dink. Shopping and restaurants are within a stone’s throw and there’s also a laundromat near the Publix about 1/2 mile away. The anchor did come up muddy but held well through some moderate winds.

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      2. Chad Meyer -  October 25, 2015 - 8:33 pm

        I entered the south anchorage from the east across the thin strip marked as 6′. It was a bad decision. The depth-finder showed 4’6″ (my draft) in a couple spots. Managed to hop through but it was nerve-wracking. Will go southeast through the deeper water to exit.

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    • Manatee Pocket Anchorages


      Manatee Pocket Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 988
      Lat/Lon: near 27 09.179 North/080 11.799 West
      Location: Two areas: One on the waters of the large bay indenting the western banks of Manatee Pocket and another smaller area just to the south
      Minimum Depth: 4 ½ feet
      Special Comment: See chart below showing the only two spots where anchoring is allowed in Manatee Pocket
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 48 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair to Good, except during times of strong eastern and northeastern winds
      Waste Pump-out Availability: Martin County provides pumpout services within Martin Counties at no charge. `M.S. POOP’ is stationed in the Manatee Pocket and customers can arrange for service either by VHS marine radio channel 16 or cell phone by calling 772-260-8326. For more information, go to http://www.martin.fl.us/portal/page?_pageid=351,566158&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

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      1. Chuck Mosolf -  September 25, 2009 - 2:44 pm

        Great spot if your draft is <5 feet. Dingy to great restaurants and watering holes. “Shrimpers” in the SW corner handles our 25′ nano-trawler easily. Generally better fuel prices here than nearby.

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        • RPink -  April 10, 2015 - 10:22 am

          Gas prices are cheaper the deeper you go into the pocket. Christmas week 2014.

          Great breakfast place whistle stop on the main street (A1A? I don’t recall, ask anyone) short walk from the end of the canal by Manatee Island bar and grill, tiki hut style bar (fun place).

          Twisted Tuna restaurant, great, really great sushi, at the head of the same canal, behind the second anchorage-deeper into the pocket.

          The Grove for your eye opener hole in the wall place.

          Other restaurants we did not have enough time in the pocket.

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    • Peck Lake Anchorage

      Peck Lake Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 992
      Lat/Lon: near 27 06.847 North/080 08.540 West
      Location: on the easterly waters of Peck Lake, east-southeast of flashing daybeacon #19
      Minimum Depth: 4-feet
      Special Comment: shoal between the Waterway and the Peck Lake Anchorage seems to be getting shallower as time goes forward
      Swing Room: sufficient room for almost any size cruising craft, unless anchorage is crowded by other craft
      Foul Weather Protection: Good, except with unusually strong northern or southern winds in the offing

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      Comments from Cruisers (18)

      1. Craig Robelen, Windborn 51 Formosa ketch -  May 10, 2015 - 10:12 pm

        Anchored for two days in Peck lake. Come from St Lucie inlet and turned in at green 19 directly east toward piling structure on west side of canal. Five other boats there at the time. 7-8 feet of depth up to 100 yards off shore.. Due north gets shallow very rapidly or at least shallow enough for my 6 foot draft to be aground at low tide the first morning. Lovely deserted beach and quiet weather protected anchorage.

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      2. Sonny Reeves -  June 30, 2014 - 3:40 pm

        Next stop was for a night at Peck’s Lake. MM992 No dredge in sight! South of tide station is very shallow. We went in at Green and stayed off the tide station a few hundred yards in 7-9 ft of water. Nice and quite on a Friday night. Very narrow beach to walk dog. Short walk across to the real beach where dogs are not allowed.
        I ran aground here 15 years ago, anchored in 6-7 ft and woke up on a sand bar the next AM. Called Boat US and was off in a few. If you have not run aground you have not cruised much.
        Sonny Reeves

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      3. Glenn Cooper -  May 12, 2014 - 11:39 am

        We turned out of the channel about 50 yards south of G19 but could not bear the 060M course to the structure with the danger sign due to anchored boats. Instead we headed 030 then 050 and ran all the way to shore. With dead low at +.3 feet we never saw less than 10 feet depth and the least was just after we left the channel.
        At low water the shoal to the south is clearly visible. We see no signs of a shoal to the north in this lake but have not investigated further.
        Regards,
        Glenn Cooper

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      4. Downtime 47 -  May 1, 2014 - 1:33 pm

        Just passed the Peck Lake anchorage in the ICW, Statue Mile 992, and observed no dredging equipment. Green marker #19 has been replaced with a can, but all else looks normal.
        There was one boat anchored, when there are normally a dozen, so thought I should report the lack of equipment as previously reported. Is it officially open now?
        Downtime 47

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      5. Mike Horowitz -  November 18, 2013 - 10:08 am

        We passed Peck Lake SM 992 this morning, 17 Nov., and it appears that this is no longer a viable anchorage. Secured just east of the main ICW channel, we observed one tug, two barges, a dredge or pump barge, a dormitory barge, a floating, lighted pipeline extending from the dredge to the shore, and the lagoon populated with many white stakes. There were no other vessels there. This might be a staging area for the dredging of St. Lucie inlet.
        Mike Horowitz
        ALTAIR

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      6. Jim Healy -  November 18, 2013 - 10:02 am

        As of 11/14/2013, Peck Lake is ABSOLUTELY UNUSABLE by pleasure craft for anchorage. There is dredging equipment on station in Peck Lake, apparently related to dredging at the St. Lucie Inlet. The construction company has placed a network of stakes completely throughout Peck Lake, making it unusable by anything other than kayaks and canoes. It seems completely unnecessary to confiscate all that space, but they did it.
        Jim Healy

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      7. Graham Pugh -  February 9, 2013 - 3:52 pm

        We’ve anchored at Peck Lake with our two labradors, and they have enjoyed running on the beach on the Atlantic side. Never saw any signs saying “no dogs allowed”
        Graham Pugh

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      8. Mike Koverman -  February 9, 2013 - 3:51 pm

        From just south of marker 19 go directly toward the tide station ( platform). Anchorage is good on both sides of that line. Don’t go more than 150 yards to the south of that line. Depths run 6 to 8 feet.
        Mike Koverman

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      9. Norman Mason -  February 9, 2013 - 3:51 pm

        Leave ICW immediately south of G19. Head toward weather station on timber structure just off beach. As you get in to deeper water, head north again until water begins to shallow. Circle back to the south and anchor. There is lots of room, and holding is good. No problem with four foot draft.
        Dogs ARE allowed on the ICW side of the park. They are not allowed east of the dune line. I contacted the park superintendent, and he confirmed this in an email to me. We were there with our dog on January 11, 2013
        Norman Mason
        Peggy Sue
        Monk 36

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      10. pam neff -  January 30, 2013 - 3:12 pm

        We are currently anchored in Peck Lake with winds up to 20 knots and good holding. The beach is really nice but cruiser’s with pets should know no dogs allowed. There are a lot of no seeums even with the wind at dusk and dawn.

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      11. Wally Moran -  December 16, 2012 - 3:51 pm

        I’ve been here several times, but it would be most helpful to know the exact entry point off the ICW to get into this anchorage. I’ve always depended on the kindness of those in this anchorage before me to guide me in due to the challenge of finding the ‘sweet spot’ to get over that bar…and passed it by on those occasions when some braver soul had not already ‘done the deed’ before me. Hints anyone?
        Wally Moran

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      12. Peter.Denton -  November 26, 2012 - 5:05 pm

        5 miles or so south of the St.Lucie inlet the ICW widens to a decent anchorage. It is undeveloped except for a dinghy dock. 100 yds beyond the dock is a very nice beach ( Jonathan Dickenson State Park)
        Peter.Denton
        SusieQ

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      13. David Power -  May 5, 2011 - 8:59 am

        We anchored at Peck Lake 5/3/11. We entered just south of Green 19 and saw nothing less than 13 feet. Head straight to the sign on the shore. We then anchored in 9 feet. Good holding. No bugs and no wind. It can be bouncy from the ICW. A great spot from which to head either north towards Vero or south to West Palm.

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      14. doug -  July 2, 2010 - 10:23 pm

        June 29, 2010 ~ Had the misfortune of running aground just North of the deep water area that stretches from marker 19 to the tide tower close to the Eastern shore. I wasn’t paying attention, instead, raising the main to sail out on a beautiful breeze. For future reference, stay to the North of the line between these two markers. You should have deep water as far North as 40 yards (I must have been about 50 yards or so) from this line as close as 50 yards from shore. Avoid the area to the South of this line.

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      15. Susan Parker -  June 29, 2010 - 2:50 pm

        We’re anchored in Peck Lake with friends and loving life. We came in at dead low tide turning east just south of Green 19. We headed toward the tower and found good water (6+’) all the way in to deeper water. There’s a nice park on the ocean just a dink ride and short walk away. It’s protected and there isn’t much boat traffic mid week. We plan to stay for a few days.

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      16. Bob Hartman -  February 19, 2010 - 1:43 pm

        We have anchored many times in Peck Lake on trips up/down the ICW. We have always found a stop there to be pleasant with just two possible problems. If the wind falls during the late afternoon/night it can get downright buggy there. The wakes of the passing boats can be an annoyance. Other than that it is a delightful anchorage.

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      17. Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE) -  December 20, 2009 - 9:10 pm

        We anchored at Peck Lake last night with 15-20 k wind from the NW. It was a little noisy with waves hitting the hull but not enough to keep us awake. This is the third or fourth time we have stayed here and only once was the weather such that we felt like walking the beach which is a beautiful undeveloped stretch. There is room for a number of boats (there were six last night). We had 7.4 ft at low tide at N27 06 85. W080 08 58. There was over thirteen feet a little farther to the north. There are wakes from the ICW during the day.

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      18. Unknown -  July 23, 2009 - 1:28 pm

        If you can comfortably anchor, I suggest Peck Lake, just a mile south of the St Lucie River ICW junction….Good holding, anchor 100 yards off a nice state park beach, swim ashore, nice and quiet weeknights, busy on weekends –as good as an RV on the beach.

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      1. Has Royer s/v/Skye -  May 30, 2013 - 9:45 pm

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