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Roberts Bay

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Site ratings
Storm protection: good
Bottom holding: fair
Scenic beauty: fair
Tranquility: poor
Overall site rating: high
Recreational characteristics
Activites: fishing
day sailing
Overall site rating: medium
Shoreside profile
Natural: no
Public access: no
Commercial access: no
100% private: yes
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: 5 ft.

  • Depth in anchorage: 6 ft.

  • Lat 27 17.2' N

  • Lon 82 33.0' W

  • (use Chart 11425 for navigation)

  • Off mile 70.8 on the ICW: 12.8 statute miles from Venice/Higel Park, 4.0 statute miles to Big Pass/Otter Key, 3.3 statute miles to Sarasota/Bayfront Park.

   The charted spoil west of marker 78 on the Intracoastal Waterway is actually a well-wooded island.
   To reach it, cut almost due west from marker 78 and point toward the center of the island dead ahead. Depths of 5 feet are shown completely around the island, so anchoring for various wind conditions should be possible.
   This anchorage has developed some potential crowding. It has become a valued spot for water skiers as well as a general "water sports" area, including personal watercraft. Multiple signs designating the boundaries of the recreation area hamper the way in.
   The anchorage is still quite usable, especially for shelter from easterlies and westerlies. In heavy weather, there will probably be few skiers or personal watercraft to bother you, but at other times be prepared for a little rock and roll. There is no development on the island, while a few private homes peek out from the Siesta Key shoreline to the west.
   Vessels drawing a full 5 feet might want to bypass this anchorage and go on to Island Park, since heavy winds could reduce the amount of water available.

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