Sanibel - West of Bridge - Florida Sea Grant

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Sanibel - West of Bridge

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

The following extra downloads are available:

  • Minimum approach
    depth: 9 ft.

  • Depth in
    anchorage: 8 - 11 ft.

  • Lat 26 27.8' N

  • Lon 82 02.8' W

  • (use Chart 11427 for navigation)

  • On mile 3.3 of the ICW: 5.8 statute miles from Punta Rassa, 3.5 statute miles to York Island/St. James City.

  It is nice to know that after struggling through the "Miserable Mile", a pleasant day anchorage awaits at Sanibel, west of the bridge.
   From the Intracoastal Waterway, just before marker 11, bear southeast toward marker 5 on the Sanibel Island channel. Be sure to pass this aid at least 50 yards to its northeasterly side because it marks a shoal building into the channel from the southwest.
   Along the eastern edge of this shoal, from marker 5 south to Dixie Beach, is an anchorage offering 8-Il Feet or water. It is exposed to almost all winds and is recommended only for calm weather.
   Stay close in to shore and away from boat traffic using the natural deep water channel running south to Pt. Ybel. Also, there is a strong current that sets both on the ebb and flood; a Bahamian moor is recommended.

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