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    • 56. Lower Myakka River Anchorage

      56. Lower Myakka River Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 26 57.365 North/082 12.174 West
      Location: found on the charted patch of 7- and 10-foot water south of the small, charted channel leading north to El Jobean
      Minimum Depth: 7-foot depths in anchorage, but some 4 ½ to 5-foot water may be encountered while cruising from Charlotte Harbor to this spot
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: poor, fair weather and light air anchorage ONLY

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    • 57. Mid Myakka River Anchorage

      57. Mid Myakka River Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 26 58.693 North/082 14.333 West
      Location: lies between unlighted daybeacons #A and #B
      Minimum Depth: 5 to 6-feet in anchorage, but some 4 ½ to 5-foot water may be encountered while cruising from Charlotte Harbor to this spot
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: poor

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    • 58. Upper Myakka River Anchorage

      58. Upper Myakka River Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 01.165 North/082 16.327 West
      Location: lies abeam of charted Tarpon Point
      Minimum Depth: 3 ½ to 4-foot approach depths, 6-feet in anchorage
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 32 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good

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    • 59. Edgewater Lake Anchorage

      59. Edgewater Lake Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 26 57.800 North/082 05.593 West
      Location: entrance into Edgewater Lake is found east and north of unlighted daybeacon #3, on the westernmost of the three charted and marked channels, west of Live Oak Point
      Minimum Depth: 5-8 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 48 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent

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    • 60. Live Oak Point Anchorage

      60. Live Oak Point Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 26 57.073 North/082 04.228 West
      Location: lies northeast of #3 in the correctly charted 5- and 6-foot depths southwest of Live Oak Point
      Minimum Depth: 5-6 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 55 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, wide open to southwestern winds

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    • 61. Punta Gorda Waterfront Anchorage

      61. Punta Gorda Waterfront Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 26 56.233 North/082 03.720 West
      Location: lies southeast of unlighted daybeacon #4 and just short of the high-rise Peace River bridges
      Minimum Depth: 5-feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to westerly winds

      Waste Pump-out Availability: City of Punta Gorda, as of the fall of 2013, provides pump-out boat service to vessels in this anchorage

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      Comments from Cruisers (8)

      1. Dotti Vaivoda -  June 14, 2014 - 8:55 am

        My husband and I frequently anchor here as we like to play “tourist” in Punta Gorda. This is where we live. We also frequent several other anchorages in the SW Florida area in our 42′ Hunter sailboat. This anchorage happens to be one of our favorites. Punta Gorda is VERY boater friendly and the free bike loaner program makes it easy to get around in the downtown area. The Harborwalk is a multi-use walkway that extends from Fishermen’s Village marina and shopping district all the way up to the Justice Center. There are several restaurants, shopping and places to see along the way. The wildlife is abundant here and there’s always a great show put on. I highly recommend this anchorage. Good holding, friendly people and great food and drink!

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      2. Bob Keller -  March 6, 2014 - 11:06 am

        John you are correct in that the bridge clearance is 42 ft. They picked the wrong spot for the mooring field. But otherwise Punta Gorda is the best. I have been going there since 2002 with my trailerable Rhodes 22 and it was too good to be true. Unknown, uncrowded, unspoiled and welcoming. I fear that now it is being discovered. Ironically, now that I have “upgraded” to a Catalina 310 I can no longer go down there from South GA…at least until I retire!
        Bob Keller

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      3. John Kettlewell -  March 6, 2014 - 11:05 am

        Good article and good suggestions from Claiborne. It is great to see a city put out the welcome mat, and realize that they will benefit from being friendly to boaters. However, for us sailors it is too bad the 45-foot bridges block us from the mooring field area and heading further up the river, and south of the bridge is quite shallow quite far out. I have read reports that the bridges may actually offer as little as 42 feet of clearance.
        John Kettlewell

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      4. Noel Hyde -  November 29, 2013 - 11:03 pm

        To add to the amenities of anchoring off the Punta Gorda waterfront, new floating dinghy docks are now available in the recently dredged “lagoon” behind the Punta Gorda Boat Club, just north of Fisherman’s Village.

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      5. Marsha Case -  February 23, 2012 - 12:34 pm

        We lived aboard in Punta Gorda for several winters and loved the town so much we bought a condominium here on the Peace River ( Emerald Pointe) where we keep our boat.

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      6. Mary Dixon -  February 14, 2012 - 10:06 am

        There are some of us who stopped here while cruising and ended up buying a house.
        Mary Dixon

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      7. Jake -  January 9, 2011 - 3:34 pm

        Dinghy to small beach just west of Best Western Hotel. Lots to do nearby.

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    • 61A. Punta Gorda Mooring Field


      61A. Punta Gorda Mooring Field
      Lat/Lon: 26 56.714 North/082 02.984 West
      Location: lies east of the Highway 41 Bridges and overhead power lines, on the southern 1/3 of the river
      Minimum Depth: 5 feet
      Special Note: your vessel must be able to clear a 42-foot bridge to access this 32 ball mooring field; mooring field is administered by nearby Laishley Park Municipal Marina. Call 941-575-0142
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair, open to southwestern and northeastern winds

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      1. Andrew -  November 7, 2013 - 3:18 pm

        I guess I don’t understand why they put the balls in up river of the bridge. If you have a large sailboat and don’t trust your ability to anchor in less than 10' of water you can't get to the balls. If you have a smaller craft and can't anchor correctly then you've got bigger problems.

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      2. Susan Parker -  December 11, 2011 - 6:23 pm

        My letter to the editor providing my opinion of the Punta Gorda, FL mooring field was published today (12/11/11)in the Charlotte Sun..

        Editor, Earlier this year, the city of Punta Gorda established a 32 ball mooring field on the Peace River, east of the Highway 41 Bridges, and fronting the Laishley Park Municipal Marina. The mooring field is restricted to boats that can clear the 45-foot vertical bridge height thus making it off limits to most sail boats. A mooring field located west of the bridges—where incidentally, most boats choose to anchor—would have attracted more consumers.
        Since opening, I’ve seen only one lone boat moored there and it didn’t stay long. The owner moved to a marina because he doesn’t trust the shallow water mooring ball in the event of a storm. This is another fine example of a tax dollar supported boondoggle.
        Susan Parker

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    • 62. Upstream Charlotte Harbor Anchorage

      62. Upstream Charlotte Harbor Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 26 57.096 North/082 03.498 West
      Location: found northeast of the high-rise Peace River bridges and behind (northeast of) Live Oak Point
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair to good, but open to eastern and southeastern winds

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    • 63. Cleveland Anchorage

      63. Cleveland Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 26 57.662 North/081 59.860 West
      Location: found off the southeastern shores of Peace River, near the charted village of Cleveland
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good, but open to strong westerly winds

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    • 64. Long Island Anchorage

      64. Long Island Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 26 58.223 North/081 59.769 West
      Location: lies north of unlighted daybeacon #21
      Minimum Depth: 5-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good

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    • 65. Harbor Heights Anchorage

      65. Harbor Heights Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 26 59.714 North/081 59.339 West,
      Location: lies north-northeast of unlighted nun buoy #24
      Minimum Depth: 8-12 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient swinging room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good but open to strong southern winds

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