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Tidal Time and Height Reflect Tidal Differences

Anchorages Rated

Name Reference Station Secondary Tidal Station Tidal Time High (h:m) Tidal Time low (h:m) Tidal Height High (ft) Tidal Height Low (ft) Tidal Range spring (ft)
Sarasota Bay  No conversions           
St. Petersburg  Cape Coral bridge  +1:15  +2:02  *0.43  *0.43 
St. Petersburg  Port Boca Grande  -1:12  -1:56  *0.74  *0.74  1.7 
St. Petersburg  Bradenton, Manatee River  -1:24  -0:55  *0.97  *0.95  2.3 
St. Petersburg  Placida, Gasparilla Sound  -1:27  -0:59  *0.70  *0.70  1.6 
St. Petersburg  Pineland, Pine Island  -0:19  +0:26  *0.83  *0.83  1.91 
St. Petersburg  Punta Gorda  +1:06  +1:27  *0.83  *0.83  1.9 
St. Petersburg  St. James City, Pine Island Sound  -0:30  -0:44  *1.04  *1.04  2.4 
St. Petersburg  Bradenton, Manatee River  -1:24  -0:55  *0.97  *0.95  2.3 
St. Petersburg  St. James City, Pine Island Sound  -0:30  -0:44  *1.04  *1.04  2.4 
St. Marks River  Naples, outer coast  -1:59  -2:04  *0.85  *0.85  2.8 
St. Petersburg  Punta Gorda  +1:06  +1:27  *0.83  *0.83  1.9 
St. Petersburg  Englewood, Lemon Bay  -0:57  -0:40  *0.70  *0.70  1.6 
St. Marks River  Marco, Big Marco River  -1:04  -1:08  *0.68  *0.68  2.6 
St. Petersburg  Punta Rassa, San Carlos Bay  -1:01  -1:19  *1:04  *1.04  2.4 
St. Marks River  Marco, Big Marco River  -1:04  -1:08  *0.68  *0.68  2.6 
St. Petersburg  Bradenton, Manatee River  -1:24  -0:55  *0.97  *0.95  2.3 
St. Petersburg  Englewood, Lemon Bay  -0:57  -0:40  *0.70  *0.70  1.6 
St. Marks River  Marco, Big Marco River  -1:04  -1:08  *0.68  *0.68  2.6 
St. Petersburg  Punta Gorda  +1:06  +1:27  *0.83  *0.83  1.9 
St. Petersburg  Cortez, Sarasota Bay  -2:00  -1:25  *0.96  *0.96  2.2 
St. Petersburg  Cortez, Sarasota Bay  -2:00  -1:25  *0.96  *0.96  2.2 
St. Petersburg  Matanzas Pass, fixed brdg  -1:10  -1:34  *1.22  *1.22  2.8 
St. Petersburg  Matlacha Pass, bascule bridge  +0:43  +1:28  *0.83  *0.83  1.9 
St. Petersburg  Bradenton, Manatee River  -1:24  -0:55  *0.97  *0.95  2.3 
St. Marks River  Naples Bay, north end  -1:17  -1:11  *0.80  *0.80  2.9 
Sarasota Bay  No conversions           
St. Petersburg  Bradenton, Manatee River  -1:24  -0:55  *0.97  *0.95  2.3 
St. Petersburg  Port Boca Grande  -1:12  -1:56  *0.74  *0.74  1.7 
St. Petersburg  Pineland, Pine Island  -0:19  +0:26  *0.83  *0.83  1.91 
St. Petersburg  Pineland, Pine Island  -0:19  +0:26  *0.83  *0.83  1.91 
St. Petersburg  Ft. Myers  +2:08  +2:44  *0.52  *0.52  1.2 
St. Petersburg  Punta Rassa, San Carlos Bay  -1:01  -1:19  *1:04  *1.04  2.4 
St. Petersburg  Little HicSarasota, Sarasota  -1:38  -0:58  *0.91  *0.91  2.1 
St. Petersburg  Captiva Island, Pine Island Sound  -0:46  -0:20  *0.91  *0.91  2.1 
St. Petersburg  Pineland, Pine Island  -0:19  +0:26  *0.83  *0.83  1.91 
St. Petersburg  St. James City, Pine Island Sound  -0:30  -0:44  *1.04  *1.04  2.4 
St. Petersburg  Pt. Ybel, San Carlos Bay entr  -1:50  -1:12  *1.21  *1.21  2.6 
Sarasota Bay  No conversions           
St. Petersburg  Englewood, Lemon Bay  -0:57  -0:40  *0.70  *0.70  1.6 
St. Petersburg  Englewood, Lemon Bay  -0:57  -0:40  *0.70  *0.70  1.6 
St. Petersburg  Bradenton, Manatee River  -1:24  -0:55  *0.97  *0.95  2.3 
St. Petersburg  Pineland, Pine Island  -0:19  +0:26  *0.83  *0.83  1.91 
St. Petersburg  Venice Inlet, inside  -2:02  -1:38  *0.91  *0.91  2.1 
St. Petersburg  Ft. Myers  +2:08  +2:44  *0.52  *0.52  1.2 
St. Petersburg  St. James City, Pine Island Sound  -0:30  -0:44  *1.04  *1.04  2.4 

This website provides resident and transient boaters with an easy-to-use selection guide to anchorages in southwest Florida. The information is based on local knowledge provided by numerous boating organizations and on a Florida Sea Grant research project involving several hundred volunteer boaters.

All of these anchorages were selected to accommodate vessels with a draft of 5 feet or greater (many can accommodate a draft of 6 feet or more), except for three with an approach channel depth of 4 feet (Yacht Club Colony, Power Plant Slough, and Point Blanco #2). The average distance between anchorages on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is 4.85 miles, but be forewarned: depending on the particular stretch of waterway, weather conditions, and crowding, it may be necessary to travel a much farther distance to reach appropriate and available shelter.

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