Terra Ceia - Florida Sea Grant

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Terra Ceia

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

The following extra downloads are available:

  • Minimum approach depth: 5 ft.

  • Depth in anchorage: 5-8 ft.

  • Lat 27 33.3' N

  • Lon 82 35.8' W

  • (use Chart 11414 for navigation)

  • 6.9 nautical miles from Manatee River / Desoto Point

   The main entrance to Terra Ceia Bay makes off to the east from Tampa Bay just north of Snead Island at marker TC.
  The entrance channel shows minimum depths of 5 feet, but carefull navigation is required to avoid straying into depths as little as 3 feet.
  Be especially careful of the segment between markers 3 and 5. A close look at the navigation chart will reveal a 3 foot shoal on the tight of the course, which causes the course line to bend slightly to port and then return. Begin curving back when Terra Ceia Point comes abeam.
  The balance of the channel is twisty but well-marked, with markers close enough to make navigation easy.
  After passing green 13, curve around to port to avoid the shoal building out from the eastern point of Bird Key, then anchor between the island and Beville Point, where 5-8 foot depths can be held to within 200 yards of the northerly banks.
  There are good holding, minimal tidal currents and plenty of swing room. This secluded anchorage offers protection from west to northeasterly winds.
  It is not possible to go ashore in Terra Ceia Bay. since the surrounding land is all private, despite a sparsely populated appearance.

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