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Old 01-26-2021, 06:36 AM
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It has been years since I have been into Boca Grande Bayou, although I've been to the marina by Millers for gas many times by boat. Thinking about anchoring in the bayou in coming days.

- If there current custom still to anchor then tie the stern to the mangroves.

- Does anyone have any latest information on depth of the passage into the bayou, the one with the golf course to the north? I remember getting in there before and hugging the south part of the channel. Is it still the same?

The 38' boat draws 3'8". Should I worry coming and going mid-morning when tide chart shows water might be very low (-0.5) or so?? Thanks.

Boca Grande Pass tide chart my day of arrival:

low: 07:11 h -0.59 ft
high: 14:58 h 0.85 ft
low: 18:02 h 0.62 ft




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Old 01-26-2021, 03:52 PM
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Can't help with a lot of the questions there but be very careful of a north wind, it will go way below the low tide estimates.
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Are u talking about across from Lee country dock by pink elephant?
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Yes, I'm out of Gasparilla Marina. I know exactly where you are talking about. The entire Charlotte Harbor area is lower on a north wind this time of year.
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Yes it shoals on the north side, by the golf course. There were several vessels in that anchorage today and i believe they were tied to the mangroves. watch for a partially sunken inflatable in that area.
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Thanks for the replies.

What depth do you think that channel carries at mean tide?
Old 01-26-2021, 08:19 PM
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If you’re coming in from the south, do not hug the northern side of the channel close to the golf course where it splits to Millers. It is super shallow. If you just stay to the south, you will be fine. There is a huge Viking (looks to be about 80’) that comes in and out of that same channel.
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I agree stay to the south side of the channel. May run down this weekend. if so, I will run through there and take depths. However, from memory, I feel like you have 5+ feet every time I run that channel.
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Originally Posted by haneyrm View Post
If you’re coming in from the south, do not hug the northern side of the channel close to the golf course where it splits to Millers. It is super shallow. If you just stay to the south, you will be fine. There is a huge Viking (looks to be about 80’) that comes in and out of that same channel.

This^^^^^^^

Run straight in almost to the seawall and then stay in the middle of the channel going north to the Pink elephant docks. You will have close to 6 feet of water.
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ran through there yesterday. seemed like most of was 7-8'. There was a very large vessel, probably 70+ at Boca Grande marina. Plenty of boats anchored behind the pink elephant. More than I have ever seen in nearly 20 years of going through there.
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Went through here yesterday afternoon as well for lunch at the pink elephant. Keep an eye on the tides. Entered around 12:45pm at low tide and was reading 1.5’ depth in the middle between seawall and golf course just after the markers. Left around 4pm when tide came back in at it was 4.5-5 feet. Big swings due to full moon and winds. Was on a 24’ cayman that drafts ~12”. Hug the sea wall away from the golf course. Once inside, plenty of depth 5-8 ft. Also saw the huge blue Viking? docked up just after the bend - impressive.
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Got a pic, props to whoever got it in there.
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As others have said if you enter the bayou on the south end just hug the sea wall as you enter and you'll have plenty of water to get in or the alternative is to enter to the north at the entrance that takes you to the Inlet if you can make it under the raised bridge at the golf course to get to the mooring area by the Pink.
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Originally Posted by MountainLion View Post
Went through here yesterday afternoon as well for lunch at the pink elephant. Keep an eye on the tides. Entered around 12:45pm at low tide and was reading 1.5’ depth in the middle between seawall and golf course just after the markers. Left around 4pm when tide came back in at it was 4.5-5 feet. Big swings due to full moon and winds. Was on a 24’ cayman that drafts ~12”. Hug the sea wall away from the golf course. Once inside, plenty of depth 5-8 ft. Also saw the huge blue Viking? docked up just after the bend - impressive.
we entered about the same time as you did. maybe a half hour later. never saw anywhere near as low as 1.5. I would have had to trim my motor up with a depth that shallow.
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Originally Posted by MountainLion View Post
Got a pic, props to whoever got it in there.
Lady Di has been there many many years. To the OP, you’ll be fine
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Originally Posted by Rio View Post
Lady Di has been there many many years. To the OP, you’ll be fine

if memory serves, the prior boat was a big sea ray express
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Originally Posted by tcijoe View Post
we entered about the same time as you did. maybe a half hour later. never saw anywhere near as low as 1.5. I would have had to trim my motor up with a depth that shallow.
Checked my track just now, looks like it was actually at 1:15 - there were two boats heading out just as we approached the narrow part so I hugged the center/golf course a little closer than the wall. Maybe our entry wasn't ideal - only picked up 1.5 for maybe 20 feet near the top of the dark green.
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Originally Posted by willw View Post
As others have said if you enter the bayou on the south end just hug the sea wall as you enter and you'll have plenty of water to get in or the alternative is to enter to the north at the entrance that takes you to the Inlet if you can make it under the raised bridge at the golf course to get to the mooring area by the Pink.
btw, this isn’t an option. The inn has had a temp bridge run across to the golf course for a couple of years now that can’t be passed under. The old permanent bridge isn’t structurally sound for heavy vehicles anymore and is not in use
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btw, this isn’t an option. The inn has had a temp bridge run across to the golf course for a couple of years now that can’t be passed under. The old permanent bridge isn’t structurally sound for heavy vehicles anymore and is not in use
That metal, temp bridge opened up mid-late December so it is now possible to get through both ways.
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Originally Posted by willw View Post
That metal, temp bridge opened up mid-late December so it is now possible to get through both ways.
ah good call thanks. I have not been back over there recently

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