New Pass/Sands Point - Florida Sea Grant

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New Pass/Sands Point

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

The following extra downloads are available:

  • Minimum approach depth: 5 ft.

  • Depth in anchorage: 10-13 ft.

  • Lat 27 20.0' N

  • Lon 82 35.3' W

  • (use Chart 11425 for navigation)

  • 5.5 statute miles from Big Pass/Otter Key, 3.0 statute miles from Sarasota/Bayfront Park.

   The deep cove on the northwestern bank of New Pass Inlet, just west of the bascule bridge, with its shallow entrances, is a tricky but rewarding anchorage.
  From the east, once through the bridge, hug the northern shore in a 5-7 foot channel. Or head further toward the pass, then cut right, keeping just off the point (and new docks) in a swash channel with minimum 5 foot depths. In between, beware of a long shoal that is building out from the point. Approaching from the Gulf, be aware that New Pass has been unreliable, in spite of occasional dredging. The channel shifts; there is frequent shoaling. Best to inquire on Channel 16-someone is usually monitoring and willing to provide the latest local information.
  Once inside this sheltered basin, boaters can dinghy to a small beach on the northern shore east of the Chart House Restaurant and shops, then walk across the bascule bridge and down a road to the left that leads to a public park with a fish camp, restaurant, bird sanctuary and the Mote Marine research center and aquarium (open to the public and well worth the trip and price of admission.)
  Private docks at Sands Point, along the southern shore of the basin, discourage shoreside visits at this popular weekend anchorage.

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