Roosevelt Channel/Tween Water - Florida Sea Grant

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Roosevelt Channel/Tween Water

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Site ratings
Storm protection: fair
Bottom holding: fair
Scenic beauty: fair
Tranquility: poor
Overall site rating: medium
Recreational characteristics
Activites: fishing
day sailing
water skiing
Facilities: shopping
Qualities: hospitality
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"): no
Small craft and water sports: no
Anchoring: yes
Size: medium

The following extra downloads are available:

  • Minimum approach depth: 5 ft.

  • Depth in anchorage: 5 - 14 ft.

  • Lat 26 30.5' N

  • Lon 82 11.3' W

  • (use Chart 11427 for navigation)

  • Off mile 12.7 on the ICW: 7.5 statute miles from Chino Island, 8.2 statute miles to Captiva Pass/Safety Harbor.

   Minimum depths of 5 feet lead from marker 37 on the Intracoastal Waterway on an approximate heading of 240 to the flashing red #2 leading mark.
  Watch the next markers carefully. There is plenty of water in the channel, but don't stray. Note that red #6 is the last of the charted marks. After that, uncharted marks lead you in.
  Southwest of red #6 there is a marina that serves mainly small craft, with only gasoline and a bait and tackle store.
  On the eastern side of the channel as you continue south, between markers 14 and 15, there is a patch of water with depths of 5-14 feet. The best depths are closer to marker 15. Shelter is not good in heavy weather and 4-5 foot shoals are all around. Use caution if you anchor here.
  To reach the preferred anchorage, providing more protection from easterlies in the shelter of Buck Key, go past the docks of Tween Waters (marker 20 is just off these docks) and put your hook down in the deeper waters beyond and to the south. Here you will find 1/4-mile of 6 and 7 foot depths. Going further leads to a narrowing channel and a four-foot bar.
  Tween Waters is a beautiful resort which, for a nominal fee, will allow the use of its facilities. It accepts transients, but space is limited. Showers and a laundromat, a ships store and boutique, fuel, power and water are available. There are four restaurants, tennis courts and a pool in the cornplex and the beach is right across the street. The dock area is frequented by manatees and surprisingly, an otter!
  Buck Key to the east is in its natural state. The shores of Captiva Island to the west are heavily developed with homes and condominiums.

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