Little Marco Island - Florida Sea Grant

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Little Marco Island

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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
Qualities: clean water
Overall site rating: medium
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: no
Size: small

The following extra downloads are available:

  • Minimum approach
    depth: 6 ft.

  • Depth in
    anchorage: 8 - 12 ft.

  • Lat 26 00.3' N
    Lon 81 45.6' W

  • (use Chart 11430 for navigation)

  • 6.0 statute miles from Coconut Island, 7.1 statute miles to Gordon Pass Green 13 (via the Inland Waterway).

   At marker 33, the Inland Waterway intersects a deep channel running south beside Little Marco Island to Hurricane Pass, also known as Little Marco Pass. The southern two thirds of this channel offer a near-ideal heavy weather anchorage.
  To enter the channel, pass between markers 33 2nd 34. A long shoal is building out from the northern tip of Little Marco Island, so favor marker 34, then make your turn to the south. Once inside, follow the western shore for 1/2 nautical mile to avoid the shoals abutting the eastern shoreline. Further south, minimum depths run 6 1/2-7 feet almost from shore to shore up to a large stand of Australian pines on the west. After that, depths improve to 8-10 feet. There is plenty of swing room for boats up to 45 feet.
  This shoreline is stunningly beautiful, and protects vessels from virtually all weather. The southern tip of the peninsula separating the anchorage from the Gulf is popular with weekend boaters. Depths off the point are 7 feet. Small powerboats pull fight up onto the beaches.
  Beyond the point, Hurricane Pass is shoaled in to all but the smallest powerboats. There are no markers. Do not attempt to enter or leave this anchorage through Hurricane Pass.

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