Factory Bay - Florida Sea Grant

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Factory Bay

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

The following extra downloads are available:

  • Minimum Approach Depth: 9 ft.

  • Depth In Anchorage: 5-9 ft.

  • Lat 25 57.8' N

  • Lon 81 43.5' W

  • (use Chart 11430 for navigation)

  • 1.3 statute miles from Capri Pass/Coconut Island, 7.3 statute miles to Little Marco Island.

   Factory Bay opens south from marker 15 in the Marco River. It is home to most of Marco Island's marina facilities and several restaurants.
  It is served by two channels. The west channel is marked by daybeacons 1, 3 and 5. When entering this channel, keep the markers to port, and watch for strong ebb currents along the west shore. The east channel is equally well marked by daybeacons 2, 4 and 6. When entering this channel, keep the markers to starboard.
  The anchorage lies at the southern end of Factory Bay. Charts also spell out a special anchorage here, but it is silted in to less than 2 feet and is not to be attempted. The middle of the bay is also badly shoaled and should be avoided.
  Two marinas on Factory Bay offer overnight or temporary dockage with all power and water connections, mechanical facilities, gasoline and diesel fuel, ship’s stores, showers and restaurants. All commercial establishments are located along the western channel.

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