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    • 17. Southern Card Sound Anchorage

      17. Southern Card Sound Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1124
      Lat/Lon: 25 17.674 North/080 19.655 West
      Location: off the southeastern banks of Card Sound, north of Jew Point
      Minimum Depth: 6 to 9 feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to northern, western, northwestern and northeastern winds

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      1. ron -  May 26, 2010 - 10:40 am

        Very pretty magrove anchorage away from the crowds. Anchor here based on the prevailing winds. Good holding in sand with abundant wildlife.

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    • 18. Little Card Sound Anchorage

      18. Little Card Sound Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1126
      Lat/Lon: near 25 17.242 North/080 21.405 West
      Location: on the charted 7-foot waters east-southeast of flashing daybeacon #22, north of the Card Sound Bridge
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to northern, northeaster and northwestern winds

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    • 19. Manatee Bay Anchorage

      19. Manatee Bay Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1131
      Lat/Lon: near 25 15.412 North/080 24.567 West
      Location: on the waters of Manatee Bay, just east of the Glades Canal approach channel
      Minimum depth: 4-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good, but a bit open to southern and southwesterly winds

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      1. Rick Espinosa -  November 30, 2011 - 5:05 pm

        This is a great bay with lots of room to shelter from any wind direction. The bay has a good controlling depth of 4 tp 5 ft. You can take the Glades canal all the way in to South Dade Marina, which caters to sailboats. Not much there but great shelter. Good Trout fishing also.

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    • 20. Cormorant Rookeries Anchorage

      20. Cormorant Rookeries Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1131
      Lat/Lon: near 25 13.466 North/080 24.676 West
      Location: lies some 250 to 300 yards east of the southernmost of the two keys, noted on chart 11451 as Cormorant Rookeries Anchorage, flanking the western side of Barnes Sound, a short hop south of the southeasterly genesis of the Glades Canal approach channel and just northeast of Manatee Creek’s unlighted daybeacon #2
      Minimum Depth: 5-foot depths
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: poor, use only in fair weather or with light westerly winds in the offing

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    • 21. Southwestern Barnes Sound Anchorage #1

      21. Southwestern Barnes Sound Anchorage #1
      Statute Mile:1132
      Lat/Lon: 25 12.870 North/080 25.055 West
      Location: west of Jewfish Creek’s northerly mouth, west of charted Division Point
      Minimum depth: 5 ½ feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to eastern, northeastern and, to a lesser extent, southeastern winds

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    • 21A. Southwestern Barnes Sound Anchorage #2

      21A. Southwestern Barnes Sound Anchorage #2
      Statute Mile:1132
      Lat/Lon: 25 12.132 North/080 24.490 West
      Location: west of Jewfish Creek’s northerly mouth
      Minimum depth: 6 feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to northern, northeastern and northwestern winds

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    • 22. Thursday Cove Anchorage

      22. Thursday Cove Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1132
      Lat/Lon: near 25 12.134 North/080 22.505 West
      Location: on the waters of Thursday Cove, just to the northeast of Jewfish Creek’s northerly entrance
      Minimum depth: 5 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 55 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good, but open to northern and northwestern winds

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      1. Julie Stocksdale -  August 3, 2012 - 5:58 pm

        Bottom is mostly turtle grass, which is difficult for most anchors to penetrate. I agree that this is NOT the place to be in any kind of a norther.
        Julie Stocksdale

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      2. Charles -  August 1, 2012 - 8:21 am

        I found here bad holding in mangrove mud mixed with leaves. Perhaps you can do better with a plow anchor.

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      3. ron -  May 26, 2010 - 10:46 am

        Another pretty mangrove anchorage. Take your dingy and fish for snappers in Jewfish Creek along the mangrove roots. Be aware the powerboats will not be considerate with their wakes.

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    • 23. Angelfish Creek – Little Pumpkin Creek Anchorage

      23. Angelfish Creek – Little Pumpkin Creek Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 25 20.018 North/080 16.493 West
      Location: near the northern mouth of Little Pumpkin Creek, not far from this stream’s intersection with Angelfish Creek – Angelfish Creek lies east of the ICW/inside route’s passage through Card Sound
      Minimum depth: 5 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 32 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent

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    • 24. Angelfish Creek – Middle Creek Anchorage

      24. Angelfish Creek – Middle Creek Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 25 20.253 North/080 16.422 West
      Location: on the waters of Middle Creek, immediately north of Angelfish Creek, west of unlighted daybeacon #10
      Minimum depth: 5 ½ feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent

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    • 25. Lower Linderman Creek – Angelfish Creek Anchorage

      25. Lower Linderman Creek – Angelfish Creek Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 25 20.385 North/080 16.085 West
      Location: on the mid-line of Linderman Creek, northwest of this stream’s intersection with both Angelfish Creek and Middle Creek – Angelfish Creek lies east of the ICW/inside route’s passage through Card Sound
      Minimum Depth: 4 ½ feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent

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    • 26. Upper Linderman Creek – Angelfish Creek Anchorage

      26. Upper Linderman Creek – Angelfish Creek Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 25 20.556 North/080 16.266 West
      Location: on the waters of Lingerman Creek, west of its shallow entry into Card Sound
      Minimum depth: 4 ½ feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good

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    • 27. Largo Sound Mooring Field

      27. Largo Sound Mooring Field
      Lat/Lon: near 25 07.787 North/080 23.760 West
      Location: on the waters of Largo Sound, Northeast of unlighted daybeacons #22 and #23, both east and west of the main channel
      Minimum depth: 5 ½ foot depths
      Special Comment: Call John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Marina at 305-451-6325 to secure a mooring. See /?p=153602 for a November 3, 2015 report on anchoring and fees.
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good

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      1. Hank -  February 24, 2014 - 10:40 am

        In Key Largo, depending on your draft, John Pennecamp park has moorings with great access to many local restaurants, the Fish House and Shipwrecks at the top. Too many waterholes to list, Most with great sunset views. Fishing, diving and snorkeling choices are many. Don’t miss snorkeling Molasses Reef or a dive on the Spiegel Grove. Ocean divers has a great dive program. Swim with the dolphins at dolphins plus.
        Then spend some time enjoying boating.
        Hank

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      2. Paul Manning -  February 4, 2014 - 9:01 pm

        We stayed 4 nights Feb. 2014. Depth at the docks is 19′, approach 6.5 ft in on the channel. Mooring we found 4’6″ at the outer mouth of the channel as you enter the lagoon during low tide. Don’t cut the marks, leave 100 yards or so before turning toward the mooing balls. If you enter and leave at high tide you will have 5’6″ ft. depth. We never saw anything below that in the mooring field.

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      3. Hank Knoblock -  December 11, 2011 - 9:35 pm

        The dockmaster is correct, 4’6″ is a maximum. We live on Largo Sound.

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      4. Claiborne -  December 9, 2010 - 2:24 pm

        Claiborne,
        I recently sent an email to you regarding Largo Sound. The park’s dockmaster wouldn’t take a reservation for our 5′ 2″ draft – he was adamant that the channel/mooring field only had 4′ 6″ of water. Your cruising guide states 5′ 6″ minimums. Have you had any other comments/updates on this issue? I had to continue on to Marathon because of weather/lack of anchorages.
        Cheers,
        Ty Giesemann

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    • 28. Blackwater Sound–Cross Key Anchorage

      28. Blackwater Sound–Cross Key Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1134.5
      Lat/Lon: near 25 10.906 North/080 24.135 West
      Location: on the charted 7-foot waters west-northwest of flashing daybeacon #38
      Minimum depth: 5-feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair to poor, protected ONLY from northern and northeastern winds

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    • 29. Blackwater Sound–Sexton Cove Anchorage

      29. Blackwater Sound–Sexton Cove Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1135
      Lat/Lon: near 25 09.957 North/080 23.598 West
      Location: Sexton Cove indents the shores of northeastern Blackwater Sound, immediately south of charted Lake Surprise
      Minimum depth: 5 to 6-feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: good, but open to western southwestern and northwestern winds

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    • 30. Blackwater Sound–Stellrecht Point Anchorage

      30. Blackwater Sound–Stellrecht Point Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1136
      Lat/Lon: near 25 09.335 North/080 23.862 West
      Location: on the east side waters of Blackwater Sound, south of charted Stellrecht Point
      Minimum depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to western, southwestern and northwestern winds

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    • 31. Blackwater Sound–Bush Point Anchorage

      31. Blackwater Sound–Bush Point Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1136.5
      Lat/Lon: near 25 09.064 North/080 26.206 West
      Location: resides on the charted tongue of 6 1/2%f-foot waters west-northwest of Bush Point, and west of unlighted daybeacon #40
      Minimum depth: 6 ½ – foot depths in the anchorage, but during the approach, it’s easy to wander into 5-foot soundings
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Protection: fair to poor, sheltered ONLY from southern, southwestern and southeastern winds

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    • 32. Tarpon Basin Northern Anchorage

      32. Tarpon Basin Northern Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1139.5
      Lat/Lon: 25 07.856 North/080 25.954 West
      Location: on the waters of Tarpon Bay, north of unlighted daybeacon #48A and west of flashing daybeacon #48
      Minimum depth: 6 to 7 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good
      Waste Pump-out Availability: Monroe County provides a free pump-out boat at Tarpon Basin anchorage. It services the area from North Key Largo to Matecumbe Bight. Call (305)747-2388 or Ch-9. For more information go to
      http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/index.aspx?NID=442

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      Comments from Cruisers (8)

      1. Sonny Reeves -  June 28, 2014 - 10:12 pm

        On our cruise North to Jekyll Island from Marathon we used several anchorages and found some interesting free city docks. Tarpon Basin is a good stop over anchorage with a free dingy dock. Going North exit the creek and head for marker R48. Turn in to basin before R48A stay near north side of basin. Close to shore we found 5-7 ft. On in towards anchored boats we found 7-9 ft and stayed to the north of city docks.
        Sonny Reeves

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      2. Captain John -  March 9, 2012 - 10:17 am

        When entering Tarpon Basin from the north it is important to hug the channel along the red markers as the channel turrns sw and then west. There are no green markers and we wandered into very shallow water just se of the channel near red “46”as it turns. We wound up anchoring out on the north side of red 48A in 8 feet with good holding.

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      3. Don and Mango -  November 24, 2011 - 11:52 pm

        There’s no pump out boat this season [2011].
        Don and Mango

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      4. Dan -  February 23, 2011 - 11:31 am

        This is a good spot…..just use a plow and get a good set before your sundowner.
        Dan

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      5. Stein A. Holtbakk -  January 10, 2010 - 12:39 am

        A pump-out boat comes to Tarpon Basin once a week. They had some problems with the boat March 2009, but were supposed to go by every thursday. Try them on Ch 16.
        Stein A. Holtbakk

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      6. David S. Power -  December 30, 2009 - 9:57 pm

        We used the northern anchorage last May for several days due to weather. Good protection and holding. Also used the docks at the government facility for our dinghy.
        No problems.

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      7. Capt. Sterling -  December 28, 2009 - 9:42 am

        Subject: Tarpon Basin
        Cruising News: Seems the newly constructed Government center in Tarpon Basin, bayside Key Largo, is allowing cruisers to use the docks for their dinghys for shore access.
        THis is close to Publix and KLI hardware Store, and Kmart.
        Let’s hope they continue to allow this.
        Capt. Sterling

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      8. Laura Bender -  August 14, 2009 - 9:45 am

        Subject: Dinghy Dock Key Largo
        Cruising News: The new Government center on Tarpon Basin is open and some cruisers have been using the docks for
        shore access! Don’t know if it’s official yet, however, it is a place to go ashore bayside Key Largo in Tarpon Basin, walkable to the Hardware store (north) and Pulix Groceries (south) Will keep you informed of any changes I hear about this.
        Capt. Sterling

        Hi, Claiborne,
        We just negotiated our way into Tarpon Basin, uneventfully, thanks to your explicit directions in your guide. We’re anchored at almost the exact coordinates that you gave near the microwave tower. I’ve called 5 different city/county phone numbers trying to find where the dinghy dock is at the new government building and nobody has a clue. Google mapped the building and it’s inland on the highway and that’s a long way to drag a dink. We’re really eager to go ashore and hope you or Capt. Sterling can offer some help.
        Many thanks,
        Laura Bender

        Sure Claiborne,
        Just south of the Microwave tower you will see a canal, next to that a hotel. Just south of the hotel is the Government center basin. Its on active captain at Tarpon Basin at 25 07 279 North/80 25 108 West
        See you on the Waterways!
        Capt. Sterling
        MV Sterling Lady

        Hi, Claiborne
        I emailed Capt. Sterling, also, and he responded right away with an email and phone call. He told us about a mangrove tunnel nearby that is a dinghy or kayak trip. We’re looking forward to that—he said it’s magnificent. The dinghy dock’s right under our nose. Am attaching a picture because I thought it was a firefighter training tower. On one side is a dolphin rehab and the other, a hotel. It’s about a ½ mile walk south to a strip center with numerous retail-Publix, Radio Shack, Kmart, Payless Shoes, Bealls, Dollar General, Quizno’s, and even the public library.
        Thanks for all your help.
        Laura Bender

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    • 33. Tarpon Basin Southern Anchorage

      33. Tarpon Basin Southern Anchorage
      Statute Mile:1139.5
      Lat/Lon: 25 07.438 North/080 25.937 West
      Location: on the waters of Tarpon Bay, south of unlighted daybeacon #48A and west of flashing daybeacon #48
      Minimum depth: 6 feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair to good
      Waste Pump-out Availability: Monroe County provides a free pump-out boat at Tarpon Basin anchorage. It services the area from North Key Largo to Matecumbe Bight. Call (305)747-2388 or Ch-9. For more information go to
      http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/index.aspx?NID=442

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      Comments from Cruisers (4)

      1. ron -  May 26, 2010 - 10:51 am

        The northern anchorage is a solid grass mat with limited holding. We motored through this anchorage and couldn’t find a sand spit to drop the hook and decided to move on to another anchorage. There were other boats there but I wouldn’t trust it in a blow.

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      2. Claiborne -  January 10, 2010 - 12:40 am

        A pump-out boat comes to Tarpon Basin once a week. They had some problems with the boat March 2009, but were supposed to go by every thursday. Try them on Ch 16.
        Stein A. Holtbakk

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      3. Claiborne -  December 28, 2009 - 9:42 am

        Subject: Tarpon Basin
        Cruising News: Seems the newly constructed Government center in Tarpon Basin, bayside Key Largo, is allowing cruisers to use the docks for their dinghys for shore access.
        THis is close to Publix and KLI hardware Store, and Kmart.
        Let’s hope they continue to allow this.
        Capt. Sterling

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      4. Claiborne -  August 14, 2009 - 9:46 am

        Subject: Dinghy Dock Key Largo
        Cruising News: The new Government center on Tarpon Basin is open and some cruisers have been using the docks for
        shore access! Don’t know if it’s official yet, however, it is a place to go ashore bayside Key Largo in Tarpon Basin, walkable to the Hardware store (north) and Pulix Groceries (south) Will keep you informed of any changes I hear about this.
        Capt. Sterling

        Hi, Claiborne,
        We just negotiated our way into Tarpon Basin, uneventfully, thanks to your explicit directions in your guide. We’re anchored at almost the exact coordinates that you gave near the microwave tower. I’ve called 5 different city/county phone numbers trying to find where the dinghy dock is at the new government building and nobody has a clue. Google mapped the building and it’s inland on the highway and that’s a long way to drag a dink. We’re really eager to go ashore and hope you or Capt. Sterling can offer some help.
        Many thanks,
        Laura Bender

        Sure Claiborne,
        Just south of the Microwave tower you will see a canal, next to that a hotel. Just south of the hotel is the Government center basin. Its on active captain at Tarpon Basin at 25 07 279 North/80 25 108 West
        See you on the Waterways!
        Capt. Sterling
        MV Sterling Lady

        Hi, Claiborne
        I emailed Capt. Sterling, also, and he responded right away with an email and phone call. He told us about a mangrove tunnel nearby that is a dinghy or kayak trip. We’re looking forward to that—he said it’s magnificent. The dinghy dock’s right under our nose. Am attaching a picture because I thought it was a firefighter training tower. On one side is a dolphin rehab and the other, a hotel. It’s about a ½ mile walk south to a strip center with numerous retail-Publix, Radio Shack, Kmart, Payless Shoes, Bealls, Dollar General, Quizno’s, and even the public library.
        Thanks for all your help.
        Laura Bender

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