Mantanzas Pass/Ft Myers - Florida Sea Grant

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Mantanzas Pass/Ft Myers

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

The following extra downloads are available:

  • Minimum approach depth: 7 ft.

  • Depth in anchorage: 8-12 ft.

  • Lat 26° 27.3' N

  • Lon 81° 56.8' W

  • (use Chart 11427 for navigation)

  • 21.2 Nautical miles from Doctor's Pass, 3.3 statute miles from Sanibel/Point YbeI, 6.9 statute miles to Punta Rassa.

   This anchorage must be approached from the Gulf of Mexico through Matanzas Pass and under a 65 foot fixed bridge. It is not recommended to enter or leave this anchorage through the twists and shoals of San Caries Pass.
  Gulfward of the northwestern tip of Estero Island, at flashing red marker 2, begins the well marked channel leading around the island and east under the high rise bridge to Ft. Myers Beach.
  On the other side of the bridge, the channel turns north to skirt shoal water in the middle of the bay (clearly visible at low tide in the photo above.)
  The anchorage lies to the south of the shoal, between markers 14 and 26. Keep red 14 to port to enter the anchorage directly, along Estero Island, or turn sharp left and follow the marked channel along San Carlos Island to red 24 and red 26 to enter the anchorage from the southeast.
  A strong current that reverses direction with the tide runs through the anchorage, so use a Bahamian moor.
  This is a well protected deep anchor-age, and all kinds of supplies and facilities are a short dinghy ride away.

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