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    • Anchorage Near Bakers Haulover Inlet (north of Miami, near Statute Mile 1080))

      I'm not familiar with the anchorage Captain Randy outlines below. Can anyone else shed some more light on this overnight haven? If so, please click the "Contribute Cruising News" link found near the top center of this, and most Net pages.

      Just before you get to Miami you will find a nice anchorage on the ICW, almost opposite Bakers Haulover Inlet.  Double-check your charts but I'm pretty sure that as you pass MM1080 turn right between 6A & 6B and you will enter a beautiful anchorage carrying between 8 & 16 ft. of water.  On the west side of the anchorage is a quiet campus of Florida International University (I think)
      and the other side is a pleasant, wooded park…I think it is Oleta State Park.  There is a great view of the ICW within viewing distance of Miami Beach.  It is a great place to set out for Key Biscayne or Virginia Key.  The last time we were there we left early in the morning, transited through Miami and were tied up at Boca Chita Key in time for lunch.
      Regards,
      Randy Pickelmann
      MORNING STAR

      Here's a bit of additional info on this anchorage from Captain Pascal:

      Subject: Anchorage North Miami/haulover
      Message: I see your comment about the anchorage mentioned by Randy P.   It's a popular small boat/week end anchorage behind Beer Can Island. there is always a lot of shoaling in the ICW behind Haulover Inlet so beware of the depth and feel your way in,   Never tried it…
      Pascal

      Subject: Oleta State Park
      Message: I hate to recommend our favorite anchorage in Florida for fear that it will become overcrowded!  South of the Sunny Isles bridge opposite Baker's Haulover Inlet in North Miami is a quiet, well protected anchorage between a state park and Florida International University.  Leave marker 6A to port and head west past a fishing dock and a public beach.  The anchorage is around the point to the north or anywhere in the bay.  People dinghy into a small beach on the eastern shore of the north anchorage (landing is prohibited at the college)and walk over to the beach or a couple of miles north to shopping.  Other shopping is available by dinghy by heading up New Arch Creek to the south.  There are outdoor cold showers and restrooms near the beach.
      Allen Ames

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    • Good Times at Palm Coast Marina (Statute Mile 802)

      Good Times at Palm Coast Marina (Statute Mile 802)

      Glad to hear that Captains Mike and Harriet are having such a good time at Palm Coast Marina. This facility has had to go through a lot of nearby construction, but apparently the marina is still a great place to dock!

      We've stumbled across quite a gem of a marina…….Palm Coast?Marina.? We're spending the rest of hurricane season here.??The Harbormaster and marina staff are excellent.??Rates are quite reasonable.? The marina has a nice ship's store, an exercise room, laundry and fuel.? Diesel, by the way, was only $4.89 (INCLUDING TAX) last week.??European Village with cute shops and? nice restaurants is nearby.? Publix is 2.2 miles away.? There is also?a ?marvelous walking/bike path that goes for miles?along the ICW.?
      Mike & Harriet
      Dual Dreams
      42 Present

      And more of the same good times!

      Subject: A pleasant stay at Palm Coast Marina
      Cruising News: ref. the August 6, 2008 letter on Palm Coast Marina. My wife and I stopped there while northbound in  the spring; the harbormaster and her staff were welcoming, thorougly professional and helpful. Just off the ICW, the marina was very accessible, neat, clean and well protected and we spent a pleasant evening at a nearby Italian restaurant at a "European Village." We highly recommend a stop at Palm Coast Marina.
      Jay & MaryAnn Brewer
      on Rhumb Line,
      IG 32

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    • Outback Crab Shack – Six Mile Creek – St. Johns River

      Outback Crab Shack – Six Mile Creek – St. Johns River

      Does anyone know where the "Outback Crab Shack," referred to in Catian Dave's note below, is located? I'm not familiar with it, but it sounds as if it would be well worth finding!!!!

      Subject: Outback Crab Shack
      Cruising News: Please include the "outback crab shack" in your places to eat off the St. Johns. Really good food at a great price, and the longest dock i have ever seen. A good side trip in with decent depths.
      I visited several years ago, but forget the exact location. Somewhere near Green Cove Springs, by land it has a St. Augustine adress.
      Dave Chili

      And, as usual the cruising community has responded in a big way!

      From a little research Outback Crab Shack is on Six Mile Creek, bear approx. 100 degrees from red flashing #22. 1,500 ft dock, 15' depth at dock, some shoaling at entry to creek from Parmo bay, entry to creek is way back in bay.
      Dave Chili

      Subject: outback crab shack
      Cruising News: For Outback Crab Shack; by car take Rte 16 (N. St. Aug) from I 95 West; road T's off at the end and make left on Rte 13 DO NOT cross bridge to Green Cove Springs. Make right into their lot just before first bridge.Go slow as you approach this bridge and go in regardless of what you might think!
      Les Glaser

      Subject: Outback Crab Shack
      Cruising News: Outback Crab Shack is located on 6 Mile Creek which is inside Palmo Cove about 8 miles South of Green Cove Springs on the East side of the St. John River. Unfortunately for sailors the location is also South of the Shands Bridge which has about a 42' clearance.
      Jim Schofield
      S/V Almost Heaven
      Solomons, MD

      Claiborne:
      It is located on Sixmile Creek, which feeds into Palmo Cove on the eastern shore of the river just South of the Shands Bridge at Green Cove Springs (across the river from Red #22).  The restaurant is on the Northeastern shore of the creek, just before the charted fixed bridge (vert cl 12 ft.) and has a 1500 foot floating face dock.
      Although we frequently anchor in Palmo Cove ( 6-8 ft., mud bottom with fair holding with a CQR, use the chart to avoid the 3 foot shoal extending south of Jack Wright Island), we have only taken the dinghy up Sixmile Creek.  However, we have seen fairly large boats at the restaurant dock and 36-40 foot trawlers (4 foot draft?) exiting the creek —  the chart indicates a 5 foot shoal at the entrance, then quickly deepening as you get into the creek.  We had lunch at the Crabshack 5-6 years ago — my memory is of a large place with extensive outdoor deck seating at umbrella-covered tables with good hamburgers and cold beer.  The creek itself is a pretty piece of Floridiana — running through uninhabited cypress swamp full of birds and gators.
      Hope this helps — let me know if you need anything further.
      Randall

      Claiborne;
      Is your poster referring to the Outback Crab shack on Six-mile creek off of Palmo Cove? (St. Johns River). Sterling Kennedy's probably there now as it's a free dock with a good bar. That's why I always stop there!
      Donovan Vezin, MVEOS

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      1. David Burnham -  November 1, 2015 - 5:44 am

        The Shands Bridge at GCS limits access to the Outback Crab Shack’s 1500 foot floating dock to southbound sailboats with mast heights lower than 45 feet, although at very low tides I have been able to clear the span with the 45′ 9″ mast on the Camper Nicholson 33′. However, I have to “power thru” the muddy shoal at the entrance to Six Mile Creek on the eastern shore with my 6′ 6″ draft fin keel so there are a few 6″ wide “channels” at the entrance of Six Mile Creek leading to the floating dock at the Outback Crab Shack.
        I have read a review that pans the seafood and service at this converted bait shop/biker bar, but they probably didn’t arrive by motorcycle or boat, and forgot to order the bucket of beer before ordering their food. I’m not a big fan of crawdads or chicken wings or overpriced seafood but I’ve never left the Shack hungry or sober and the service is better than the average biker bar.

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    • St. Johns River Anchoring Advice

      St. Johns River Anchoring Advice

      GREAT anchoring advice for the most cruisable river in Eastern Florida!

      General Note about anchoring: Many of the anchorages on the southern St Johns (particularly in the cut off bends) are liquid mud.  After many frustrating attempts to set a 50-lb CQR, we've learned to set our Fortress anchor on the "Mud setting" and have found that it holds very well in normal conditions.  However, the liquid mud is not so liquid when it comes up the next morning — You can often plant crops on your bow!  Having a black bow is regarded as a sign of a true St Johns cruiser.
      Randall & Susan Moring .

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    • Emmanual Bend Anchorage (St. Johns River, south of Lake George)

      Emmanual Bend Anchorage (St. Johns River, south of Lake George)

      I did not ask about the anchorage Randall and Susan describe below in my recent "St. Johns River Wish List," as I thought the list was getting over long. However, I do cover this overnight haven in "Cruising Guide to Eastern Florida," I agree that is is an excellent stop!

      Another anchorage we have enjoyed is at charted Emanuel Bend, marker #96.  Again, very soft mud.  We use the S entrance and favor the N side as charted.  Good at least for 4 feet, not sure of depths.  Good anchorage for a dinghy trip up the Wekiva River, where we've seen some of the largest gators we've seen in 35 years of Florida living.
      Randall & Susan Moring .

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    • Starks Cutoff Anchorage (St. Johns River, south of Lake George)

      Starks Cutoff Anchorage (St. Johns River, south of Lake George)

      On 7/17/08, as part of a "St. Johns River Wish List," I posed the following question:

      28. Near flashing daybeacon #70, we've found good anchorage behind the island west of charted Starks Cutoff. Anyone else anchored here lately? What did you find?

      Responses follow:

      Anchorage at Starks Cut-off — We go in at marker #69 and anchor in 6 feet where the chart shows 23 feet!  Extremely soft mud (see note below).  Many dinghy trips in this area: Snake Creek, the charted canal opposite Snake Creek cut-off, and one at marker #80 — all leading to the Hontoon Dead River.  These may be blocked by vegetation from time to time, but persistence will get you through!   You can also beach at Blue Spring, another State Park, or kayak/canoe up the Run except during the winter manatee season (Nov. – Feb.?)
      Randall & Suan Moring .

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    • Seven Sisters Anchorages (St. Johns River, south of Palatka)

      Seven Sisters Anchorages (St. Johns River, south of Palatka)

      On 7/17/08, as part of a "St. Johns River Wish List," I posed the following question:

      20. South of Buffalo Bluff, a whole series of stream flow around a collection of islands along the river's easterly shoreline, known collectively as the Seven Sisters. There are many possibilities to anchor on these streams. Who has dropped the hook here, and what did you find?

      Responses follow:

      Seven Sisters Islands anchorage – Proceed NE from marker #31, favoring the SW side of the unnamed island to get the best depths as charted.  Six to eight feet is available at the SE tip of the island — muddy bottom and shoals up fairly quickly to 4 feet to the south (as shown on chart).
      Randall & Susan Moring .

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    • Florence Cove Anchorage (St. Johns River, near Green Cove Springs)

      Florence Cove Anchorage (St. Johns River, near Green Cove Springs)

      On 7/17/08, as part of a "St. Johns River Wish List," I posed the following question:

      15. The Shands Bridge crosses the St. Johns River just southeast of Green Cove Springs. This fixed span's 45-foot vertical clearance sets the height limit for cruising the upper portion of the river. A short hop southeast of the Shands Bridge, Florence Cove indents the northeastern banks. We've always found this to be a good spot anchor. Anyone else dropped the hook here recently? What did you find?

      Responses follow:

      Florence Cove anchorage – We have anchored several times in Palmo Cove (just south of Florence Cove) with 6 – 8 feet, medium holding, mud bottom.  Six Mile Creek (off the SE corner of Palmo Cove) is reputed to carry 5 feet, but we have only taken the dinghy up.  The creek is a nice primitive dinghy ride (birds and gators) with a restaurant (burgers and beer) at the 12-foot clearance highway bridge shown on the chart.  They have a l-o-n-g floating dock.
      Randall & Susan Moring .

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    • Lambs Marina and Repair Yard on Ortega River (Jacksonville, St. Johns River)

       Serving the North Florida area for over 50 years, we welcome you. We are in the process of updating this site. If you need help with your question or additional information, feel free to email us atLambs Marina and Repair Yard on Ortega River (Jacksonville, St. Johns River)
      On 7/17/08, as part of a “St. Johns River Wish List,” I posed the following question:

      After passing under the second bridge on Orgtaga River, Lambs Marina and Repair Yard (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR), guards the northwestern shore. Who has stayed here or had repair work done lately? Please describe your experience.

      Responses follow:

      Lambs Marina – Several years ago we had extensive lighting damage repaired there, and on another occasion replaced two fuel tanks. Thorough, friendly and very expensive! — but worth the price.
      Randall and Susan Moring .

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    • Murphy Creek – Dunn Creek Anchorage (St. Johns River, south of Palatka)

      Murphy Creek – Dunn Creek Anchorage (St. Johns River, south of Palatka)

      On 7/17/08, as part of a "St. Johns River Wish List," I posed the following question:

      19. East of charted Murphy Island, the combined mouths of Murphy Creek and Dunns Creek make into the St. John's southern banks. There are lots of anchorage opportunities here. Who has dropped the hook on either of these streams. Please give us a full report. Has anyone tried to follow Dunns Creek all the way to Crescent Lake?
      20. South of Buffalo Bluff, a whole series of stream flow around a collection of islands along the river's easterly shoreline, known collectively as the Seven Sisters. There are many possibilities to anchor on these streams. Who has dropped the hook here, and what did you find?

      Responses follow:

      Have anchored in Murphy's Creek many times in 18 feet but never over night.  Lots of insects.  Have followed Dunn's Creek to Crescent Lake and ran aground twice, once each way, even staying to the outside of the turns.  Depths vary from 50 feet to two feet very rapidly.  Go slowly, Soft and easy to back off.
      Les Rothman

      Subject: Cresent Lake
      Cruising News: 2 years ago, we ventured all the way to Cresent Lake. Not much on the lake except Bannanas pub on the southwest corner.
      Caution, could not get even two anchors at once to set. Had to tie to a dock. Talked to a local and they claimed holding in cresent lake is Non exsistant, and from what I a seen that is true.
      If your not going to a dock, be cautious!
      Capt. Sterling

      Dunns Creek and Murphys Creek – We have anchored in Murphys Creek behind Rat Island.  There is a little noise from the highway, but not too objectionable.  A dinghy ride through Polly Creek also offers birds and gators!
      Randall & Susan Moring

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    • Green Cove Springs City Dock (St. Johns River)

      Green Cove Springs City Dock (St. Johns River)

      /08, as part of a "St. Johns River Wish List," I posed the following question:

      14. I've heard that the town of Green Cove Springs offers a city dock, but I have never personally found this facility. Can anyone shed some light on this, and, if so, please give specific navigational directions to cruise from the river to this dock.

      Responses follow:

      Green Cove Springs.  The City Dock is way in to shore W. from the channel and is basically for small boats.  Just a bit up river you can find Reynolds Park Marina as well as Holland Marine Boat Yard.  This Marina is fine for an over night or longer but you can't get to town unless you call a cab or someone offers you a ride.  Holland marine is an excellent service facility with very reasonable prices.  I have used them for the past ten years in two different locations and have never been disappointed.  Both are reached by cell phone.  They don't monitor VHF.
      Les Rothman

      Green Cove Springs city docks….very very shallow. Too shallow for us to even attempt to tie up. We went a bit further up and anchored in a small cove right next to a public boat landing and across from a nice little shopping center with a grocery store, drug store and little bar and grill.  Took a dink ride around and got close enough to see that the docks were in disrepair. From what we saw we wouldn't have felt comfortable tieing up even if we could of gotten in.  Of course, that was several months ago so hopefully things have changed.
      Lee Ann Carter
      "Oh dolce far niente!"

      Subject: Green Cove Springs
      Cruising News: St John's River….Green Cove Springs City Docks.  I beg to disagree with the postings about this facility having used it twice in the past 3 years, most recently in April of 2008.  There is plenty of water (6-7 ft) at the dock and all the way in to it.  We have a 40 ft trawler, draw 4 ft and have never touched bottom.  The first time in we took our time, read the chart carefully and felt our way in.  There IS a large spot of shallows but with careful navigation it is easily avoided. (Hint: Stay closer to the long docks of Green Cove Springs Marina and do not try to drive in at a ninety degree angle to the town docks.  If one has a chart plotter (as we did this Spring), it is even easier to get there.  The docks have room for a least 3 trawler size boats.  When we were there this year a 50 footer was on the t-head.  These docks are actually more user friendly than those in Elizabeth City, NC!!!!  They still have water, but have not repaired the electric even though the posts are there.  Maybe by this writing they have been fixed.
      Bobbie Blowers

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    • Doctors Lake Anchorages (St. Johns River, south of Jacksonville)

      Doctors Lake Anchorages (St. Johns River, south of Jacksonville)

      On 7/17/08, as part of a “St. Johns River Wish List,” I posed the following question:

      11. Doctors Inlet, crossed by a fixed 37 foot bridge, makes into the St. Johns western shores south of Orange Point. Before passing under the Doctors Inlet bridge, Whitney’s Marine will be visible just to the south. Anyone stayed at Whiteneys lately? What did you find? For those that can clear the 37-foot bridge, the body of water body beyond, known as Doctors Lake, offers some wonderful anchorage. Who has dropped the hook here? Did you visit the fish camp style restaurant on Swimming Pen Creek? How was the food?

      Responses follow:

      For my taste, Mill Cove in Doctors Lake is the best anchorage on the Lake. Have not tried to tie up at Whitey’s Restaurant in years. Last stopped via car. This the once enjoyable restaurant has turned in to a heavy drinking noisy crowd from its former self.
      Les Rothman .

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    • Plummers Cove Anchorage (St. Johns River – south of Jacksonville)

      Plummers Cove Anchorage (St. Johns River – south of Jacksonville)

      On 7/17/08, as part of a “St. Johns River Wish List,” I posed the following question:

      10. At Jacksonville, the St. Johns turns south (making it one of the few northward flowing rivers in America). The river remains a mighty stream for many miles south to Palatka. Along the way, there are several opportunities to anchor. One lies in the large body of water charted as Plummers Cove, immediately north and east of the I-295 bridge. Anyone anchored here lately? Did you find this a good spot to swing on the hook overnight?

      Responses follow:

      Plummers Cove. Have anchored there many times. Wind protected from the N.E. through the S. Holding and depths fine. Lots of traffic noise 24/7 from I-295 and from Jax Naval Air station flights over head.
      Les Rothman .

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    • Restaurant Recommendations Convenient to Ortega River Facilities (Jacksonville, St. Johns River)

      Restaurant Recommendations Convenient to Ortega River Facilities (Jacksonville, St. Johns River)

      On 7/17/08, as part of a “St. Johns River Wish List,” I posed the following question:

      9. Can someone make some restaurant recommendations for places to eat within walking distance of the Ortega River facilities?

      Responses follow:

      Walk five minutes to the Roosevelt Mall and choose from a dozen places to eat, simple like a Subway, C.C.s Pizza, Panera’s Bread Company and Starbucks, through Tom and Betty’s, Longhorn Steaks, Harry’s Seafood Bar, a Japanese Restaurant and a Sushi Bar. You can also pick up ready to eat at Publix Market.
      Les Rothman

      In the Roosevelt Shopping Center which is with-in walking distance of several of the Ortega/St. John’s marinas there is a Starbucks, KFC/Taco Bell, chinese restaurant, Panera Sandwiches, Tom and Bettys (casual food and bar), Harry’s (like a New Orlean’s style Red Lobster) Long Horn Steak House, Cee Cee’s Pizza, Chik-fil-A, a Japanese restaurant, and a guy with a hot dog cart that has killer dogs!
      Lee Ann
      “Oh, dolce far niente!”

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    • Good Repair Facilities on Ortega River (Jacksonville, St. Johns River)

      Good Repair Facilities on Ortega River (Jacksonville, St. Johns River)

      Here are some repair yard recommendations on Jacksonville’s Ortega River, from Captain Les, a long time correspondent here on the Cruisers’ Net.

      Huckins does top draw work as does Saddler Point Marina and boat yard. Each of these straddle the Roosevelt Avenue Bridge, Huckins inside and Saddler point out. Huckins is pricey but performance is reported to be excellent.
      Les Rothman .

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    • Ortega River Yacht Club (Jacksonville – St. Johns River)

      Ortega River Yacht Club (Jacksonville – St. Johns River)

      On 7/17/08, as part of a “St. Johns River Wish List,” I posed the following question:

      7. Also, on Ortega River, Ortega Yacht Club (really more of a commercial marina than a yacht club) lines the northwestern banks, just short of the second bridge. I’ve always found this to be a transient friendly marina. Anyone stayed here lately? What did you discover?

      Responses follow:

      OYCM is fine if you can get in. They are always full. They no longer sell fuel.
      Les Rothman

      We were at the Ortega Yacht Club for several months last summer and fall. We left in November for the Florida Keys. VERY transient friendly if you can get a slip. They only have one or two slips available. But after being there a couple of weeks we decided to stay a bit longer and getting a long-term slip wasn’t a real problem. It is a gated marina with nice showers, a small but clean laundry room and very friendly dockmaster who is a fellow boater. Can walk to Pier 17 right next door, if they don’t have it, as a boater, you don’t need it. Also within walking distance is a West Marine, a huge Publix, CVS drug store and over a dozen restaurants. Right around the corner is the Chamblin’s Book Mine…one of the largest used bookstores on the east coast.
      Lee Ann
      “Oh, dolce far niente!”

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    • Exchange Island Anchorage (St. Johns River – short hop east of downtown Jacksonville)

      Exchange Island Anchorage (St. Johns River – short hop east of downtown Jacksonville)

      On 7/17/08, as part of a “St. Johns River Wish List,” I posed the following quesiton:

      3. The only really good anchorage near downtown Jacksonville is found on the waters east of Exchange Island, near the charted location of “Arlington.” Anyone dropped the hook here recently? What did you find, and what depths did you observe?

      Responses follow:

      A large group of boaters anchored behind Exchange Island in the spring of 2007. They reported all was well. I did not stop as I was headed only a few more miles to my home port.
      Les Rothman .

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    • Mill Cove Anchorage (St. Johns River – east of Jacksonville)

      Mill Cove Anchorage (St. Johns River – east of Jacksonville)

      On 7/17/08, as part of a "St. Johns River Wish List," I posed the following question:

      2. Has anyone tried to anchor on the northern portion of Mill Cove, south of flashing buoy #43? What depths did you find, and did you find this spot to be a comfortable overnight haven?

      Responses follow:

      Mill Cove on the chart opposite Blount Island is used often by cruising friends of mine.  They say both the holding and depths are fine.  I suspect that wakes would roll in from the river traffic.
      Les Rothman

      Mill Cove anchorage – We didn't find the charted depths but did find 6 to 8 feet with good holding.  Interesting to listen to the docking pilots and tugs bringing ships into Blount Island directly opposite.  Last year they were working VHF Channels 1 and 2, I think.
      Randall and Susan Moring

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    • Palatka, FL Facilities (St. Johns River)

      Palatka, FL Facilities (St. Johns River)

      On 7/17/08, as part of a "St. Johns River Wish List," I posed the following question:

      17. The city of Palatka marks the point where the St. Johns finishes its evolution from a brackish to a fresh water river. There are three possibilities for pleasure craft dockage in Palatka. North of the high-rise bridge, a hotel, which used to be a Holiday Inn, but is now something else, I think, has a dock. South of the span, also on the western banks is the Palatka city dock, followed by Boathouse Marine. PLEASE comment on any or all these facilities. Also, any dining recommendations in Palatka would be welcome. Does anyone know if Angel's Diner is still open?

      Responses follow:

      The motel north of the bridge is now a Quality Inn. I can't comment on depths there.
      The Palatka city dock seems adequate for up to 6' draft, at least at the outer end. Last winter, the dock was occasionally used for fishing derbies, mostly on weekends, and was completely dominated by outboards and 2-cycle smoke when it was. The majority of the time, it would be suitable for short stays by cruisers, but has no facilities except for public bathrooms and an adjacent parking lot.
      Longer stops in Palatka would be better spent at the Boathouse Marina next to the city dock. I kept my sailboat there for most of the '07-'08 winter. The new owners welcome cruisers and have been trying to improve a marina that had been run down under previous ownership. Most of their slips seemed to be rented year-round to locals or winter residents like me, but some shorter-term cruisers came and went while I was there.
      Access to the dock was by entry code at a gate. There was a soda machine, ice available, on-site laundry and clean bathrooms.
      Angel's Diner was still open when we left in June, We ate breakfast there a few times. There is a Subway right next door to Angel's, which is on Reid Street, the roadway that comes acxross the bridge. In my opinion, a much better choice for breakfast or lunch is the City Cafe, a few minutes walking distance of the river, located on St John's Ave., the main street of the old downtown area.
      Neil Woodside
      Swans Island, ME
      SV "Undine"

      Palatka.  Carmen Cove on the north west shore just before reaching the SR 100 bridge is a very good anchorage.  Find 7 feet in good holding.  Wind Protected N.E &S. but I've been there in blows from other directions and had no problems.  The docks across from Carmen Cove by the Hotel are in very poor shape but the price may be right for some and the restaurant is tolerable.  Boathouse Marina is being upgraded by new owners and an easy and safe stop if they have room for you.  If you arrive after they close, they work the tie-up on the honor system.  Easy walk to town.  Angles Restaurant appears to be still open.
      Les Rothman

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    • Crystal Cove Marina (St. Johns River, north of Palatka, FL)

      Crystal Cove Marina (St. Johns River, north of Palatka, FL)

      On 7/17/08, as part of a "St. Johns River Wish List," I posed the following question:

      16. Crystal Cove Marina guards the St. Johns western banks, south of Rice Creek. This is one of the few places that Diesel Fuel can be purchased on the St. Johns south of Jacksonville. SOME OF YOU PLEASE COMMENT ON WHERE DIESEL FUEL CAN BE PURCHASED BETWEEN JACKSONVILLE AND SANFORD!!! Have you tried to purchase fuel at Crystal Cove? What depths did you find, and how difficult was their entrance channel?

      Responses follow:

      Crystal Cove Marina; I haven't bought fuel there but did motor a 4' draft sailboat in and out of there a few times last winter. The private markers were adequate to keep us in their dredged channel, which, at that time, had 6 ft. near high tide, with a few slightly shallower spots.
      Neil Woodside
      Swans Island, ME
      SV "Undine"

      Crystal Cove Marina has a long and shallow channel to enter and shallow by the fuel dock.  I would not recommend it with a draft over 5 feet.  Georgetown Marina on the north side of Lake George sells diesel fuel too.
      Les Rothman

      Crystal Cove Marina – The channel is straightforward and easily carries our 4 feet, perhaps more.  The fueling dock is south of the main docks and actually extends out from a concrete boat ramp.  Surprisingly good water off the ramp!
      Randall & Susan Moring

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