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    • Security Zone Ahead!! What do I do?

      With Federal Security Zones, such as the one this weekend at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach (/162949), becoming more frequent for south Florida boaters, many beginning Waterway cruisers may have questions, even qualms, about how to approach and navigate a Federal Security Zone. Many might be asking what role these zones will play as they navigate through Palm Beach and what should a skipper expect when approaching on-site security personnel?

      If you have experienced Security Zone passage, please share your observations and advice for those for whom such passage may seem down right frightening, especially in the crowded and already intimidating waters of south Florida. Let us hear from you!

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      Comments from Cruisers (4)

      1. Bill -  February 10, 2017 - 5:21 pm

        The security zone around Mar-A-Lago should not be an issue to anyone transiting the area. The only prohibited area is zone 1 which is east of the ICW channel. The channel itself as well as the waters west of it are zone 2 and the offshore area is zone 3.

        The Coast Guard is very clear on how to navigate the zones:
        • Zone 1: No vessels or person will be permitted to enter this zone consisting of the waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon from the southern tip of the Everglades Island in the north to approximately 1,000 yards from the south of the Southern Boulevard Bridge on the south and eastern shore line west of Fisherman Island.

        • Zone 2: All vessels transiting the second zone shall maintain a steady speed and shall not slow or stop from waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon including the Intracoastal Waterway from the southern tip of the Everglades Island in the north to approximately 1000 yards from the south of the bridge on the south and from the western shore line to the western edge of the Fisherman Island in the east. Vessels needing to wait for the Southern Boulevard Bridge to open in zone 2 are permitted to wait in this zone only for the draw bridge to raise for safe passage.

        • Zone 3: All vessels transiting the third zone shall maintain a steady speed and shall not slow or stop from waters of the Atlantic Ocean from the Banyan Road in the north to Ocean View Road in the south and from shore to approximately 1000 yards east of the shoreline.

        Reply to Bill
      2. Jamie Miller -  February 9, 2017 - 8:28 am

        Feb 7, 2017 We anchored in Lake Worth down the channel to the east pass red “6” with no problem from USCG. Good holding and lots of mud when pulled anchor.

        Reply to Jamie
        • Bill -  February 10, 2017 - 3:50 pm

          And what would that have to do with the security zone?

          Reply to Bill
          • Jamie Miller -  February 11, 2017 - 11:33 am

            On the pictures of the zones, it looks like they extend almost to the Lake worth inlet just below Peanut Island. I was conserned we couldn’t anchor very far below the inlet channel.

    • 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.
        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

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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)

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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.

        Reply to Bob
      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.

        Reply to Jean
      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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    • Lake Francis Anchorage

      Lake Francis Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 995
      Lat/Lon: near 27 04 470 North/080 07.423 West
      Location: lies on the waters of the southern (of two) streams leading to charted Lake Francis, south of unlighted daybeacon #30
      Minimum Depth: 4-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 31 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Excellent


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    • Harbor Island Anchorage

      Harbor Island Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 997.5
      Lat/Lon: near 27 02.822 North/080 06.684 West
      Location: off the western shores of Harbor Island, north of unlighted daybeacon #35
      Minimum Depth: 5-feet
      Swing Room: not recommended for vessels larger than 40 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Fair to good; open to southern and southwestern winds


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    • Hobe Sound Anchorage

      Hobe Sound Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 998.5
      Lat/Lon: near 27 01.883 North/080 06.457 West
      Location: lies west of the ICW channel between unlighted daybeacons #38 and #40
      Minimum Depth: 8-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Good, except in strong northeastern or southeastern winds


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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

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

        Anchored between R44 and R46 on 3/27/13. Have anchored there last year also. Find good holding but somewhat exposed. Far enough off channel to limit wake from other boats. Would rate this anchorage a 3. s/v/Skye

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    • Conch Bar Anchorage

      Conch Bar Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 1001.5
      Lat/Lon: near 26 59.380 North/080 05.508 West
      Location: found to the west-northwest of unlighted daybeacon #49
      Minimum Depth: 8-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Protection: Good, unless strong southern or southwestern winds are blowing


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    • Hell Gate Anchorage

      Hell Gate Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 1002.5
      Lat/Lon: near 26 58.727 North/080 05.262 West
      Location: lies south-southeast of Blowing Rocks Marina and north of unlighted daybeacon #52
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 36 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good, except during strong northeastern winds


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    • Jupiter Anchorage

      Jupiter Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 1006.5
      Lat/Lon: near 26 55.987 North/080 04.985 West
      Location: on the northern entrance of the loop creek which makes into the ICW’s eastern flank, north of unlighted daybeacon #14
      Minimum Depth: 5 ½ feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 32 feet ONLY
      Foul Weather Shelter: Very Good


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    • North Palm Beach Waterway Anchorage

      North Palm Beach Waterway Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 1013
      Lat/Lon: near 26 49.734 North/080 04.165 West
      Location: on the waters of the first charted basin on the western banks of this alternate waterway which cuts off to the southwest of the ICW, northwest of the North Palm Beach/Parker Bridge
      Minimum Depth: 8-feet
      Special Note: Holding ground in this anchorage is suspect
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 60 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent


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      Comments from Cruisers (3)

      1. Has Royer s/v/Skye -  May 30, 2013 - 10:01 pm

        Anchored there on 12/11/12. First time there. Nice homes surrounding anchorage. Weather radar showed lots of storms in the area. Put out 140′ of chain. Had several hours of heavy ts, wind from all directions and 10″ of rain. Boat swung 360 degrees several times and anchor held fine. Anchorage is relatively small, maybe two boats. Rate this one a good three

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      2. Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE) -  December 20, 2009 - 8:59 pm

        This is the second time we’ve anchored here and haven’t had a problem with holding but the wind isn’t very strong either, It’s a nice anchorage – over 13 feet at low tide in the center of the first basin and plenty of swing room.

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      3. Claiborne -  August 12, 2009 - 7:59 am

        Subject: North Palm Beach Waterway Anchorage at mile 1013
        Cruising News: You may want to adjust your description of this anchorage. I live right nearby. My guests have attempted to anchor here and have found the holding to be poor. These are experienced cruisers with all chain and big anchors. In the hurricanes of a couple of years ago, EVERY boat that anchored here dragged and ended up aground or against a dock. I have logged over 1000 nights on the hook in 37,000 miles of cruising. I can’t recommend this for conditions other than light to moderate winds. This is not a heavy weather hole.
        Hank Haeseker

        Subject: Anchorage at Mile 1013
        Cruising News: A short time back I sent information about poor holding in an anchorage near my home in North Palm Beach. I may have incorrectly referred to the “North Palm Beach Anchorage.” I intended to comment on the anchorage you refer to as “Mile 1013.” This anchorage is in a residential neighborhood in North Palm Beach, just off the ICW. The problem I noted is that the holding is poor and only suitable for fair weather. It is not a good storm anchorage. In the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, ALL vessels that anchored here dragged anchor and ended up aground or up against docks at homes nearby. My experienced friends who have attempted to anchor their cruising boats in this spot using heavy plow anchors and lots of chain report difficulty getting a good set, or even a satisfactory set.
        The anchorage you refer to as “North Palm Beach” is at the north end of Lake Worth. Sometimes referred to as “Little Lake Worth.” Boats seem to anchor successfully there, however, I have no personal experience to report on that spot.
        Sorry if I made an error in reporting previously.
        Hank Haeseker

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    • North Palm Beach – Lake Worth Anchorage

      North Palm Beach – Lake Worth Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 1014
      Lat/Lon: near 26 50.342 North/080 03.263 West
      Location: lies on the charted deep patch of water in the northern tip of Lake Worth
      Minimum Depth:: 9-feet
      Special Note: The city of North Palm Beach may charge you for anchoring on these waters and/or limit your time to stay here.
      Swing Room: restricted only by other vessels in this anchorage
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair, open to southern and southeastern winds


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      Comments from Cruisers (10)

      1. Plan B -  February 20, 2014 - 3:01 pm

        Good news! we anchored at this location, took dinghy to the bridge and walked to all teh local stores. No problems. It should be mentioned the landing for dinks is a high crime area and is highly recommended to lock your dinghy. I never had any problems of the years, but do not take a chance. No one has come to collect at anchor. A great area to rest.

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      2. Davit -  August 20, 2012 - 9:22 am

        I had used this landing [beach north of Little Lake Worth Bridge] for several cruises. Last time I was there the bridge was being worked on and a sign said I would be arrested for trespassing if I left my dingy. I was just going to Publix and had nowhere else to leave the dink. I tied up and 15 min later was back. A note tied to my dink said “you are trespassing and I am watching. If I see this boat here again I will be calling the sheriff and you will be arrested”. I thought it funny that the guy had to have ALSO trespassed to tie his note to my dink. I ripped it up and left.

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      3. Capt. Bob, MY Allez -  August 20, 2012 - 9:21 am

        I have spent three weeks in a row anchored in North Lake Worth. No one will fine you or hassle you in the anchorage unless possibly you anchor to the West of the White buoy at the far end past Old Port Cove Marina, which marks the Boundary of the county and city I believe. There was a huge Power Cat 80 ft at least anchored there in November and still there in March when we came through one year. Enjoy this super anchorage.
        Capt. Bob, MY Allez

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      4. Ron -  January 16, 2012 - 5:24 pm

        Cruising News:
        The popular dinghy landing spot at the north end of Lake Worth will be closed starting January 21, 2012. The bridge next to the landing will be undergoing reconstruction. Signs are posted, telling cruisers to remove everything from the spot by the 21st. There’s no clear alternative landing spot.

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      5. Claiborne -  April 27, 2011 - 9:51 am

        Anchorage is perfect & free! Shopping is 1 city block from the North end of Old Port Cove anchorage with Groceries and CVS as well as the infamos Carmines with the finest of wines,cheeese,sea food of all kinds and meats & fish of the finest quality anywhere. Shopping for the ladies as well. Anchor or Marina it does not get any better.
        Almost Heaven

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      6. Claiborne -  February 22, 2010 - 10:41 am

        North Lake Worth anchorage SM 1014.2
        Very quiet and well-protected. We entered by turning east just south of G27 per Skipper Bob and following the channel around behind the condos. there were quite a few boats there, mostly sailboats, but we found plenty of swinging room in the northeast corner. Holding was excellent, but winds were light. Anchor came up clean.
        Bill Root

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      7. Claiborne -  January 12, 2010 - 10:56 am

        Good Afternoon,
        We anchored in North Palm Beach last week and it was a very pleasant spot to anchor with lots of other boats. I have attached a website that details your anchoring rights in Florida, Florida municipalities no longer have the legal authority to restrict anchoring outside of permitted mooring fields for vessels that are non-live aboard ( pretty much any cruiser). I have attached this flier from Boat US that details this more clearly.

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      8. Claiborne -  September 27, 2009 - 12:20 am

        We live nearby and use this anchorage as a “getaway” from the RatRace of beachbumming. Easy access to: Publix, CVS, West Marine about a mile walk, Bank of America ~3/4 mile, restaurants, etc. Some sailors spend the whole winter. Anchor in the “right” spot and no cost / hassles from N. Palm Beach officials. Can’t tell you where the “right spot” is … the lines I draw on the water keep floating away. Politics!

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      9. Claiborne -  August 12, 2009 - 7:44 am

        We stayed in the Lake Worth anchorage area which is North of the City Marina, which is about about 4 miles North of the Lake Worth Inlet. If you go in to the the Lake Worth Inlet you can clear immigration at the cruise ship terminal by staying at a marina across from the Inlet Channel.
        Patty and Robert Mitchell with Maggi

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      10. LuAnne Woods -  July 19, 2009 - 9:23 pm

        The anchorage is great. Lots of room for our 47′ Sailmaster. Excellent holding in 40 mph winds. A little nerve racking to get into from Lake Worth inlet on the weekend. Litterally thousands of people and hundreds of boats and jet skis and hobie cats, plus large commercial ships, cutting back and forth across the ICW. Looked like a great party spot for the younger crowd.

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    • Singer Island Anchorage

      Singer Island Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 1017
      Lat/Lon: 26 47.174 North/080 02.487 West
      Location: lies east of AICW marker #37, and just north of the Blue Heron Boulevard 65 foot bridge
      Depth: 7 – 8 feet
      Special Note: watch out for sunken and semi-sunken craft as you enter this anchorage and choose a spot to drop the hook
      Navigation Detail: Click Here For Navigational Detail of this Anchorage
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 42 feet, due to plentiful long term anchored craft on these waters
      Holding Ground Evaluation: Good
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good, but open to strong western and northwesterly winds
      Dinghy Dock Access: dinghies can be landed at Foster Park immediately south of this anchorage
      Nearby Provisioning:
      Waste Pump-out Availability:
      Pet Friendly: pets can be walked in nearby Foster Park after landing dinghy at public boat ramp


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      1. Mark Richter -  November 26, 2012 - 4:49 pm

        Another easy beach-stop anchorage is Singer Island, just north of the Blue Heron Blvd 65′ bridge in Riveria Beach, a few miles north of West Palm Beach. Usually 6-12 local boats anchored just off Phil Foster Park. 3 block walk to a very nice ocean beach, or try the ICW beach under the bridge in the park.
        Mark Richter

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    • Peanut Island Anchorage

      Peanut Island Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 1018.5
      Lat/Lon: near 26 46.476 North/080 02.494 West
      Location: found on the charted patch of deep water east of Peanut Island and north-northwest of Lake Worth Inlet’s flashing daybeacon #8
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet if and only if you can keep to the unmarked channel; use of a GPS chartplotter is recommended to safely enter and exit this anchorage
      Special Comment: Local regulations may limit your staying time in this anchorage
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet if anchorage is not too crowded
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair


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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 Cruisers (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

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      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.

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      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.

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      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

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      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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