DeSoto Point/Emerson Point - Florida Sea Grant

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DeSoto Point/Emerson Point


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Site ratings
Storm protection: fair
Bottom holding: good
Scenic beauty: fair
Tranquility: poor
Overall site rating: medium
Recreational characteristics
Activites: swimming
day sailing
rowing
Facilities: park
Qualities: camaraderie
Overall site rating: low
Shoreside profile
Natural: yes
Public access: yes
Commercial access: no
100% private: no
High Use or "Popular"
Low use (ie, "undiscovered"): no
Small craft and water sports: no
Anchoring: yes
Size: large


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   East of marker 12 on the Manatee River is a pocket of 6 foot water just inside DeSoto Point that offers good protection from western and southerly winds, but none from eastern or northerly breezes. In these conditions, it is safer to anchor across the river west of Emerson Point, in the lee of Snead Island.
  To enter the anchorage, continue heading east about 100 yards past marker 12. Then turn sharply south, leaving land about 100 yards to the northwest side. Drop the hook shortly after coming into the protection of the point. The trick is to avoid the 2-foot shoals around the point, then stop before hitting the 4 foot shoals to the south.
  Alternatively, proceed another 1/10 of a mile east past marker 12. Then begin easing east/southeast, then south and finally west to circumvent the shoal. Drop the hook after returning to the protection of the point.
  The surrounding shores are almost entirely in their natural state. The DeSoto National Memorial, which commemorates the landing of Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto, is on the point, and is easily reached by dinghy.
  The park offers a 20-minute movie which describes DeSoto's landing in 1539. There also is a museum and nature walk. Every spring, DeSoto's landing is reenacted here as part of a week-long festival.

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