Captiva Pass - Florida Sea Grant

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Captiva Pass

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Site ratings
Storm protection: poor
Bottom holding: good
Scenic beauty: good
Tranquility: fair
Overall site rating: medium
Recreational characteristics
Activites: fishing
day sailing
water skiing
beach combing
Qualities: clean water
Overall site rating: high
Shoreside profile
Natural: yes
Public access: no
Commercial access: no
100% private: no
High Use or "Popular"
Low use (ie, "undiscovered"): no
Small craft and water sports: yes
Anchoring: yes
Size: small

The following extra downloads are available:

  • Minimum Approach Depth: 6 ft.

  • Depth In Anchorage: 8 - 10 ft.

  • Lat 26 36.8' N

  • Lon 82 13.3' W

  • (use Chart 11427 for navigation)

  • Off mile 18.6 on the ICW: 8.2 statute miles from Roosevelt Channel / Tween Waters, 3.8 statute miles to Useppa/Cabbage Key.

   The northern route, to Cayo Costa, is more popular. Leave the ICW just north of marker 51 and curl back around to the west on a heading of about 270 to avoid the charted shoal southwest of 51 As the eastern banks of Cayo Costa come abeam, consider dropping anchor before entering the interior of Captiva Pass. Minimum 8 foot depths run to within 50 yards of shore.
   In spite of its popularity, this anchorage does not provide sufficient shelter in heavy weather; tidal currents are strong at all times. Set the hook firmly before dinghying ashore.

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