#2 Point Blanco (west of island)
Minimum approach depth: 4 ft.
Depth in anchorage: 5 - 9 ft.
Lat 26° 40.7' N
Lon 82° 13.7 W
(use Chart 11427 for navigation)
Off mile 23 on the ICW: 1.4 statute miles from Useppa/Cabbage Key, 3.1 statute miles to Pelican Bay.
In westerly winds, cruising craft of any size can anchor just off the Intracoastal Waterway in 8 foot depths off Point Blanco, west of marker 67.
Begin easing west of the ICW channel as the southeastern portion of Point Blanco comes abeam to the west, between markers 65 and 67.
Good water runs to within 75 yards of the shore, which is lined with tall Australian pines. Anchor between marker 69 and the point.
This anchorage is open to wakes from passing boats on the ICW, and is not recommended for heavy weather.
South of Point Blanco are some pilings, remnants of an old stilt house from the early days of commercial fishing in this area. (The house was still present when this aerial photograph was made.) Between the shore and the pilings is a narrow but navigable channel marked with privately maintained stakes which leads around the point to a thoroughly sheltered hole perfect for riding out heavy weather. The shoreline is completely natural.
Take this passage dead slow and watch the depth sounder. Charts show enough water to enter, but local reports conflict, with as little as 4 feet possible, especially around the western point. Preliminary soundings from the dinghy might be in order.
In the anchorage itself, depths run 8-9 feet, with 5-8 foot depths to the southwest. Despite the demands of the approach channel, this is a popular spot, and crowding may require bow and stern anchors.