Venice/Higel Park - Florida Sea Grant

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Venice/Higel Park

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Site ratings
Storm protection: good
Bottom holding: poor
Scenic beauty: poor
Tranquility: poor
Overall site rating: medium
Recreational characteristics
Activites: rowing
Facilities: shopping
Overall site rating: low
Shoreside profile
Natural: no
Public access: yes
Commercial access: no
100% private: no
High Use or "Popular"
Low use (ie, "undiscovered"): no
Small craft and water sports: no
Anchoring: yes
Size: small

The following extra downloads are available:

  • Minimum approach depth: 10 ft.

  • Depth in anchorage #1: 7 - 10 ft.

  • Depth in anchorage #2: 4 - 6 ft.

  • Lat 27 06.6' N

  • Lon 82 27.6' W

  • (use Chart 11425 for navigation)

  • Off mile 58 on the ICW: 13.6 statute miles from Lemon Bay, 12.8 statute miles to Roberts Bay.

   From the Intracoastal Waterway, a well-marked channel breaks off to the west between green marker 13 and red marker 14 leading to the Venice Yacht Club and the city-owned Higel Park.
   It's also possible to come in along the shore from green marker I to the south. Venice manages a mooring field here. Check provisions for transient vessels at the Higel Park dock; this is the only harbor of refuge for miles.
   The anchorage is off the point of Higel Park, beside the entrance to Pelican Cove with its heavy boat population; be sure to leave plenty of access to the narrow entrance to the cove. Most of this area provides four feet of depth or less. Even so, a Bahamian moor is recommended.
   Further on, in Higel Park, the city of Venice has constructed a wooden pier alongside a paved ramp. Side tie stays of up to 18 hours (once each ten days) are permitted. Ashore at Higel Park is a shelter house providing heads and trash facilities. Telephones are nearby. It is a short walk to restaurants and stores.
   Fuel and other necessities can be had at the marina just inside the Venice jetties. Be alert entering, leaving or docking near the jetties. Strong tidal currents run constantly through Venice Pass.

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