Ding Darling/Tarpon Bay - Florida Sea Grant

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Ding Darling/Tarpon Bay

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Site ratings
Storm protection: poor
Bottom holding: fair
Scenic beauty: fair
Tranquility: good
Overall site rating: medium
Recreational characteristics
Activites: fishing
day sailing
Facilities: park
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"): yes
Small craft and water sports: no
Anchoring: no
Size: large

The following extra downloads are available:

  • Minimum Approach Depth: 5 ft.

  • Depth In Anchorage: 5 - 6 ft.

  • Lat 26 27.8' N

  • Lon 82 05.3' W

  • (use Chart 11427 for navigation)

  • Off mile 5.0 on the ICW: 4.3 statute miles from Sanibel West of Bridge, 4.7 statute miles to Chino Island.

  The wide and mostly deep cove south of flashing daybeacon 16 abuts the 5,000 acre Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Good depths of 5-1/2 to 6 feet run to within 200 yards of the banks. Look for small signs set atop equally small pilings, which denote the north boundary of the wildlife refuge. Best depths are to the north of these signs. Protection is excellent from all but northerly winds.
  The shoreline around Tarpon Bay is in its natural state, and is worth extensive exploration by dinghy. Bicycle rentals are available in Tarpon Bay for exploring the five miles of roadway in the park. All plants and other natural resources are protected here. Do your part and do no damage.
  These waters are under Sanibel's 48-hour anchoring limit, although a properly equipped vessel can get a permit from city hall for a longer stay.

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