Useppa Island/Cabbage Key - Florida Sea Grant

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Useppa Island/Cabbage Key

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Site ratings
Storm protection: fair
Bottom holding: good
Scenic beauty: fair
Tranquility: poor
Overall site rating: medium
Recreational characteristics
Activites: fishing
day sailing
Facilities: entertainment
Qualities: clean water
Overall site rating: high
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: large

The following extra downloads are available:

  • Minimum approach depth: 8 ft.

  • Depth in anchorage: 6 - 12 ft.

  • Lat 26 39.4' N

  • Lon 82 13.0' W

  • (use Chart 11427 for navigation)

  • Off mile 21.6 on the ICW: 3.8 statute miles from Captiva Pass/Safety Harbor, 1.4 statute miles to Point Blanco.

   This open, deep-water anchorage lies northeast from marker 60. Waters hold to minimum 6-foot depths within 75 yards of the island shoreline to the east; some depths are greater than those shown on the chart.
   There is good shelter from east, northeast and southeasterly breezes, but only slight shelter from westerlies. Don't Anchor south of marker 60, where boat traffic is heavy around the south end of Useppa Island.
   This anchorage lies near the ICW, and can be affected by wakes from powerboats, tugs and barges. A Bahamian moor is advisable to keep from swinging too widely.
   Useppa is a private island; visitors are not welcome. There is not even a dinghy dock.
   From the anchorage, it is a short trip by dinghy to the restaurant and docks on Cabbage Key, west of Green 61. The restaurant, inspiration for the song "Cheeseburger in Paradise," serves three meals a day in a unique atmosphere. The island offers a nature trail and has a rich history. To use the docks, call ahead.

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