Matlacha - Florida Sea Grant

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Site ratings
Storm protection: fair
Bottom holding: fair
Scenic beauty: poor
Tranquility: poor
Overall site rating: medium
Recreational characteristics
Activites: fishing
day sailing
water skiing
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: small

The following extra downloads are available:

  • Minimum Approach Depth: 7 ft.

  • Depth In Anchorage: 6 - 10 ft.

  • Lat 26 37.7' N

  • Lon 82 03.9' W

  • (use Chart 11426 for navigation)

  • 12.7 statute miles

   Beginning off Jug Creek Shoal at the north end of Pine Island, then curving from the west around the shoals off Bokeelia, a well marked, county-maintained channel leads south-southeasterly toward Matlacha. The channel is long and narrow, and must be shared with shrimpers. It passes beneath a bascule bridge and power line. The bridge answers to horn signals and opens from 7 AM to 7 PM seven days a week. The power line has recently been raised to a vertical clearance of 75 feet.
  The anchorage lies to port just south of the bridge. Holding and protection are good in virtually all weathers. Soundings show plenty of water in the channel and at least 6 feet in the anchorage.
  Keep 100 feet southeast of the building shown in the photograph. Best water extends to the southeast adjacent to the channel, and because of decreasing depths, it's best to stay well clear of other buildings on the north shore or the mangroves to the east.
  The village of Matlacha offers ice, showers, heads, two picnic spots, trash pick-up, restaurants and an art gallery. The beauty salon even has its own dinghy dock. Please limit your stay to the capacity of your holding tank, since there is currently no pump-out facility available.
  South of the anchorage area, waters shoal quickly toward the "Miserable Mile". It is not recommended to leave or enter the anchorage by this

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