ABOUT THIS GUIDE
This guide contains maps showing the waters of the
Apalachicola River and Bay system. The maps display many
features of interest to lxxiters anad anglers, including the location
of marinas, boat ramps, and artificial reefs; and the distribution
of natural resources such as marshes and seagnsses. Also included
is information on natural habitats, lx)ating and angling safety, and
ways in which xboateir can help protect our local waterways. The
Boating and ... ,-.. Guide to Apalachicola Bay was produced
by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commnission. We
welcome your comments and inquiries. Address them to:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Florida Marine Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
261 7th Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320
Maps produced and designed by McShane
Communications, Inc., the Florida Marine Research Institute,
and the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve/
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (ANERR/
FIEP). Funding partially provided by: ANERR/FDEP, Franklin
County, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), the Florida Marine Research Institute (FMRI), and
the Federal Aid to Sport Fish Restoration Program. This
program collects funds as taxes from fishing equipment
and boat fuel, then distributes those funds for projects that
improve ,i,,... and boating opportunities.
Information about marinas in this Boating and .
Guide was provided by the ANERR/F)DEP, and was as complete
and accurate as could reasonably be determined at the time of
publication. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission takes no responsibility for omissions,
misrepresentations, or factual errors.
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The River Basin
'Ilhie Apalachicola River's largely ciundeveloped floodplain supports
a wide variety ofl plart and a nisal species and contributes vital nutrients.
which the river transports to the estuary. "[h1e river's floodplain is the
largest in Floricda and supports more than 50 species of mammals,
including the threatened Florida black bear, endangered West Indian
manatee, the Indiana bat and the gray bat. More than 1,300 plant
species. 40 arnpllibian species and 80 species of reptiles live within the
Apalachicola River basin. This is the highest diversity of amphibians
and reptiles in the United States and Canada. The productivity of tnhe
bay is dependent on the river to carry essential nutrients downstream
to feed estuarine organisms. 'The Apalachicola River ranks 21st in the
I JS. in terms of volume of tlow and is Florida's largest river. Over 180
species of fish are supported in the river and bay system including the
Gulf race of the Atlantic sturgeon, American eel, striped bass, bluestripe
shiner, and shoal bass.
Apalachicola Bay is one of the most productive estuaries in the
world. The mixing of fresh and salt water in the bay provides a vital
nursery ground for marine life and the pristine water quality provides
ideal living conditions for its inhabitants. For many years, Apalachicola
Bay has supported thie largest oyster industry in Florida as well as an
extensive shrimp, crab, and lish industry. Apalachicola Bay is a wide,
shallow estuary that covers approximately 210 square miles between
die anrrier islands and die mainland. It has a variety of features including
oyster bars, submerged vegetation, tidal flats, soft sediment, marshes,
and open water. Estuarine and marine species of fish include striped
mullet, spotted searout, red drum, flounders, and sharks.
Estuarine wetlands huffer and protect adjacent land frorn storms
and I I',... When heavy rainfall occurs, swamps and marshes store
flexelwaters and slowly release them into streams, rivers and bays.
DI nse growth along estuary shorelines reduce the force of rising waters
and wave energy during storms, and tie extensive root systems bind
soil, helping to prevent erosion,
Pollutants that run off from the land may beI cleansed by thie action
of wetlands. As the water carries sediments and excess nutrients into
t marsh or swanip, the dense vegetation slows its velocity. This allows
many of thie pollutants in thie water to settle out in the marsh, where
they can be broken down by bacteria into less harmful substances.
Wetlands have direct benefits to humans. Nearly 70% of Floricda's
recreational and commercial fishery species are dependent on estuaries
and wetlands during at least part of their life span. Most fish are Iorn
in deeper water, but are carried as larvae by currents into marshes and
sczgrass beds. I lere they spend their juvenile stages sheltered from
predators among the stems of the marsh plants and seagTrasses. Leaf and
plant parts broken down by bacteria provide them a rich focx.I source.
The Barrier Islands
Banier islands naturally buffer the mainland from wind and water
damage. lhhes strips of offshore land are always changing shape, size and
location as a result of constant wind and wave energy. Barrier island
habitats include scrub, slash pine flatw'oxxs, hardwoodxl hammocks, sand
dunes, grassy overwashi areas, tided inmarshes, freshwater marshes and
x)nds. 'lliese habitats provide homes for a variety of resident and migratory
wildlife. The four barrier islands that surround this part of Florida's coast
are St. Vincent, St. George, Little St. George, and Dog Islands.
Beds of the American oyster are the only hard bottom community
present in Apalachicola Bay. Oysters are immobile shellfish that accumulate
to fornn reefs or bars along the bottom of estuaries. As both live oysters
and dead oyster shells accumulate, they f)nn many crevices and attachment
sites that attract other invertebrates and small fishes. These in tuin attract
larger predators, such as redfish. Shellfish harvesting is regulated in
Florida. Harvesting and propagation can only take place within waters
that have been designated is Class II. For information on the location
of such waters and seasonal closures, contact the Florida Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Services Shellfish Center (see directory).
Sand flats are shallow-water areas exposed during low tide. 'hey
lack vegetation, but are far from lifeless. Many small crabs, worms and
other animals live in and on these flats. In... birds such as herons
and egrets feed on the rich bounty of foxd. as do the fish that move
inshore during high tide.
Seagrasses are flowering underwater plants found in shallow waters.
They occur in protected bays and lago()ns and also in places along the
continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico. These are important natural
resources that perform many .....- '..i functions. lhey often grow in
dense clumps that provide shelter for fish, crahs and many other animals;
they stabilize shifting sands on the bottom of bays and improve water
clarity by trapping fine sediments and particles; and they provide a source
of food and protection for many marine animals.
Seagrasses once covered large areas of Florida's bays. They now
cover a small fraction of their original acreage statewide a loss caused
by human activities and natural events. Seagrasses need light to produce
their own food through photosynthesis. However, increased amounts
of sediments and nutrients, in runoff from developed land, and loss of
wetlands have clouded waters and reduced the light available to scagrasses
Boats have also damaged grass beds as their propellers carve trenches
through these shallow areas. Permanent salinity changes may have also
affected the seagrass heds.
If you run aground or enter seagrass beds to fish, stop your motor,
tilt it up, and push or pole your way free. Wearing polarized sunglasses
will help you to spot seagrass beds.
AND RELEASE GUIDE
Most fishermen are careful to release many of the fish they
catch. This helps low fish populations to recover and ensures
that there will be plenty of fish for the future. However, many
fish caught and released may die because of the stress of
capture and -.unding A set of simple steps may be taken to
greatly increase a released fish's chance of survival.
1. How to Begin
Try to set the hook quickly to prevent the fish
from swallowing the bait
Use hooks that are barbless and made from
metals that rust quickly
Keep release tools handy
2. Handling Your Catch
Try to keep the fish in the water while removing
Use a wet glove or rag to hold the fish if it
must be handled
Get the fish back in the water as quickly as possible
3. Removing the Hook
Back the hook out the opposite way it went in
Cut the leader close to the fish's mouth if the hook cannot
be quickly removed
Use needle-nose pliers or a de-hooker to work the hook
free and protect your hands
4. The Release
Gently place the fish in the water, supporting its body
until it swims away
An exhausted fish can be resuscitated by moving it back
and forth to force water through its gills
If a released fish does not swim away, recover it and try
A RELEASED FISH THAT HAS BEEN HANDLED
PROPERLY HAS AN EXCELLENT CHANCE OF
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
FWC Law Enforcement Hotline (888) 404-FWCC
Cell phones *FWC
FWC Law Enforcement (Carrabelle Office) (850) 697-3741
To report fishing violations, boating accidents, or oil spills: to report
dead or injured marine mammals, sea turtles, or other wildlife,
for information on boating safety and fishing regulations.
Regional Wildlife Office (850) 265-3677
For information on endangered species and Florida's environment
Florida Marine Research Institute (St. Petersburg) (727) 896-8626
For information on marine species. Internet address: http://www.fmri.usf.edu/
Bureau of Protected Species Management (Tallahassee) (850) 922-4330
For management and educational information on manatees, marine turtles, and northern
right whales.lnternet address: http://www.state.fl.us/fwc/psm/
Marine Fish Kill Hotline (800) 636-0511
To report a fish kill or red tide event in your area.
U. S. Coast Guard (850) 234-2475
Rescue Station (24 hr emergency service) VHF Channel 16
Boating Safety Hotline (800) 368-5647
National Response Center (800) 424-8802
To report oil spills and emergencies.
Franklin County Sheriff's Office (850) 670-8500
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (850) 488-3181
Office of Beaches and Coastal Systems
For information on shoreline data, research, and permitting.
Apalachicola Bay Aquatic Preserve (850) 670-4783
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (850) 670-4783
St.Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge (850) 653-8808
For information concerning wildlife and other natural
resources within federal areas.
Apalachicola Maritime Museum (850) 653-8700
St. George Island State Park (850) 927-2111
For information on park activities.
St. Joe Wildlife Sanctuary and Educational Center (850) 229-9464
To report injured or entangled wildlife. Includes nature trails,
education center, and rehabilitation facility.
FDACS Shellfish Center (850) 653-8317
Towing Services VHF Channel 16
Seatow Panama City (fee based service) (850) 234-2323
Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce (850) 653-9419
NOAA Weather Forecasts (850) 422-1212
24-hr weather and marine forecasts VHF Channel 16
Organization for Artificial Reefs (850) 656-2114
Marine Mammal Stranding Network (305) 862-2850
A palachicola Bay and most of its drainage basin
encompass what can be considered one of the least
polluted, undeveloped, resource-rich systems left
in the United States. The Apalachicola drainage basin includes
upland, floodplain, riverine, estuarine, and barrier island
environments that are closely interrelated and influenced by
each other. The Apalachicola River basin is only one component
of the larger Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River system
(ACF). The ACF basin covers the central and southwestern
part of Georgia, the southeastern part of Alabama, and the
central part of the Florida panhandle. It drains an area covering
approximately 19,800 square miles.
The Chattahoochee River flows 430 miles from its source
in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia before it
meets and joins the Flint River which flows 350 miles from
its origins just south of Atlanta, Georgia. There are 16 dams
on this river system, the last of which is located at the
Georgia/Florida border. Below this point, the name of the
river changes to the Apalachicola. From here, the river flows
for 106 miles through some of the most pristine bottomland
hardwood forests in the I.S. before emptying into the Gulf
A number of species found either within or in close proximity
to Apalachicola Bay and River are of special interest because
of their scarcity or declining populations Special species are
afforded additional management under state and federal laws.
The land area surrounding the bay is an important stopover
during the gulf coast fall and spring bird migrations. These
bird species include hawks, falcons, warblers, egrets, herons,
pelicans, and plovers. Some these nest in the area. Other
species such as snowy and piping plovers utilize the beaches
of our barrier islands as an important nesting and foraging
area. Some species found in the bay. on the beaches, or
POPULAR SPORT FISH
Name & Habitat
SPOTtED SEATROUT Inshore and
nearshore over grass, sand, and mud
bottoms. Deeper waters during the
warmest and coolest months. Use
live shrimp or baitfish fished near
bottom by free lining or under a
popping bobber; or soft-bodied jigs
or surface plugs cast while drifting.
COBIA- Both inshore and nearshore
around pilings, buoys, and wrecks;
along beaches during spring and
early summer.Use trolling or casting
lures, cobia .. ih .: 0infish to
in d iv id u a lly ,_ i ,. 1 i
SPANISH MACKEREL Inshore,
nearshore, and offshore over grass
beds and reefs; absent in north Florida
waters in winter Use live cigar
minnow or other baitfish fished near
the surface; shiny spoons cast or
REDFISH (RED DRUM) Inshore
near grass beds, oyster bars, and
docks and pilings; deeper channels
during warmest and coolest months.
Use live shrimp or pinfish fished on
bottom or free-lined, or soft-bodied
jigs bounced slowly along the bottom
FLOUNDER Channel edges on
sandy bottoms, near tidal passes and
docks. Use live shrimp on bottom or
can be gigged while wading in
SHEEPSHEAD Inshore around
oyster bars, bridges, and pilings;
nearshore in winter and early spring
over bottom structure and artificial
reefs. Use live shrimp, sand fleas, or
fiddler crabs on small hook fished
off bottom; set hook on first tug.
Commit yourself to ethical angling;
the future of your sport depends on it!
* Help fish stocks increase through catch and release.
* Limit your take and vary your target.
* Observe regulations.
* Only keep fish for food.
* Share what you know to help the sport grow.
offshore are protected by endangered species laws. Green
and loggerhead sea turtles and bald eagles are endangered
or threatened. Federal laws also protect marine mammals
such as dolphins, manatees, and whales. It is against the
law to feed or harass these animals, but take all the pictures
Documentation of manatee sightings and aerial surveys
has revealed the increasing presence of the West Indian
manatee in the panhandle during the warmer months of
the year. The West Indian manatee is a large gray-brown
aquatic mammal. Adults have been known to reach lengths
of over 13 feet and weights of over 3,000 pounds. Manatees
are herbivores and eat a variety of aquatic plants. Scientists
estimate there are approximately 2,500 to 3,000 manatees
remaining in the U.S. (mainly in Florida). With a high
mortality rate, low reproductive rate, and declining habitat,
manatees are in danger of extinction. When they surface
to breathe, manatees can be severely injured from boat
propellers or from high-speed collisions with jet skis or
jet-powered boats. Please approach boat ramps with caution
and at a slow speed. If you see an injured or dead manatee,
or one that is being harassed, please call the FWC Law
Enforcement at 1-888-404-FWCC or the Apalachicola Reserve
at (850) 670-4783.
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1. Do not operate your boat in areas that are too shallow
for your equipment.
2. Use nautical charts and tide tables to plan your course.
3. "l- '-ir ,:r ii ..iugnr seagrass beds with a propeller. Watch
your prop wash for mud or plant life which may indicate
you are too shallow. Remember prop scars take years
4. Pole or use a trolling motor when traveling across or
fishing flats. Quiet fishermen catch more fish.
5. If you run aground, turn off your engine! Raise the
motor and push or pole your way to deeper water. If
necessary, wait for high tide to move your boat.
6. Do not crowd another boat. If you see another boat
fishing on the flats, do not approach unless beckoned.
7. Stirred-up sediments are harmful to sealife. Always
keep at least 12 inches of water under your propeller.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Underwater Cleanup and Conservation Monitoring Program -
Free, Center for Marine Conservation, Florida Regional Office, One
Beach Drive SE, Suite 304, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (727) 895-2188
Florida's Estuaries: A Citizen's Guide to Coastal Living and
Conservation $2, Florida Sea Grant College Program,
University of Florida, PO Box 110409, Gainesville, FL 32611-0409
Florida's Salt Marshes, Seagrasses, or Estuaries Free, Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Marine Research
Institute, 100 Eighth Avenue SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, (727)
Fishing Lines: Angler's Guide to Florida Marine Resources- Free,
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 261 7th St.,
Apalachicola, FL 32320, (850) 653-8063.
An Environmental Guide for Personal Watercraft Operators- Free
with self-addressed, stamped envelope, Personal Watercraft
Industry Assc., 200 East Randolph, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601
This boating and angling guide was designed and produced by
McShane Communications, Inc., Tampa, Florida
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Separate rioclr.,ie j:ampgrounds are offered for park
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The Alligator Harbor Aft ic Preserve is located on the
southeast coast of Fratklin County. This watery preserve
includes approximately 14,366 acres and lies just east
of the Apalachicola estuary. The waters of the preserve
and the numerous offshore reefs and channels provide
high quality saltwater fishing and other recreational
opportunities. Spotted seatrout, redfish,and flounder
are frequently caught and offshore areas are productive
shrimping grounds. Endangered or threatened species
such as thr :.n,,,r...,- phi'. r peregrii-eo falcon, and
loggerhead sea turtle are also regular visitors. Contact:
Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve Manager, 350 Carroll
St., Eastpoint, FL 3:2328 35"11i 670-4783.
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18. CowCreek Hwy. 98to CR 370 (right to Vista Dr.) 3-5' S N No
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19. Ochlockonee Bay Bridge Hwy. 98, west end of Ochlockonee Bay Bridge 1'-2' S N No
20 Mashes Island Ramp Hwy. 98 to Mashes Sands Road 3'-4' D P No
(east side of Ochlockonee Bay), 2 miles on right
21. Village Fina Ramp Hwy. 98, 4 miles east of Carrabelle 3'-4' S P Yes
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2 Wear your life jacket
3 Slay sober.
4 Know how to swim
5 Know the limits of your boat and
your boating abilities
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and when you plan to return
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The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve encompasses nearly 246 000 acres or waler
and land surrounding the Apalachicola Bay Esluary This single estuary produces 90 percent or
all oysters harvested in Florida and an astounding 10 percent o ein nation s harvest Blue crab
landings are also important. along with recreational angling opporlunilies for sported sea Iruul
flounder and reddish These direct human benefits from Ihe system are impressive bul tell only a
small part ol Ihe importance of Apalachicola Bay to the larger Gulf of Mexico ecosystem Blue
crabs migrate as much as 300 miles 10 spawn here Young grouper and snapper grow and hrive
in the bay before migrating to The Gulf for ineir aduli lie Many shrimp species depend on ire
estuary for certain lile stages
We must not fail to recognize the importance of this svslem and Ihe viltl connections Io me
Apalachicola River and Gull oc Meico that make i so productive Curreni resource management
issues of concern t0 Ihe Reserve include pollulion hislurici versus pres.enl low regimes ';,n ihe
human influenced river system. non-naiive invasive species and development ? fote drainage
basin The Apalachicola Naiional Esluanne Research Recerve is working 10 eiter understand and
promote wise stewardship ol the vast resources in Ihis amazing estuary Corne visit the Reserve 4
nature center in Ihe town of Apal3chicola 10 see educational elhiblis living aquaria arid lake a
walk on the nature Iraii To contact [ne rnalure center 31ai 1501i 653-8063 The main orlice lor mne
Reserve is located in Easipoint, Florida at 8501 6,0-.4783
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The St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge is a 12,358-ac,- i',R'r .',,',,-,
barrier island located just offshore from the mouth of -i, .' ,i ll ,. t .
River in Franklin County, Florida. The island is dissected by dune ridges,
which are geological records of ancient beaches and fluctuating sea
levels over the last 5,000 years. Interdune areas vary from lakes and
sloughs on the east end to dry upland pine forests on the western end
of the island. The refuge provides sanctuary for a number of endangered
and threatened species. Bald eagles, loggerhead sea turtles, wood storks
and peregrine falcons are all regular inhabitants or visitors during
migration. All recreation is allowed during Cla i.iia r II.iui :i ..,Ji .j .:u
island is accessible only by watercraft. The '-i'- 'ni.n. ,-a visitor
center is located in Apalachicola and open from 8-4:30 M-EF For more
information call (850) 653-8808.
The Apalachicola Bay Aquatic Preserve encompasses the main
bay from St. Vincent Sound on the west to the bridge to St.
George Island on the east. The preserve is located on the coast
of Franklin County, approximately 70 miles southwest of
Tallahassee, FL. This large estuarine system is also designated
as a National Estuarine Research Reserve and provides a home
to many organisms that are vital to the seafood industry, the
economy of Franklin County and the entire state of Florida. The
bay also provides a wealth of recreational fishing opportunities
with redfish, spotted sea trout, and flounder regularly landed.
For more information see the section of text on the National
Estuarine Research Reserve. Contact: Apalachicola Bay Aquatic
Preserve Manager, 350 Carroll St. Eastpoint, FL 32328, (850)
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boat in the water; they encourage excessive algae growth.
4. Collect bottom paint scrapings and dispose of them
with on-shore trash. Do not leave scrapings where they
can wash into the water.
5. Never cut through seagrass beds with a propeller. The
scars take YEARS to recover. Leave at least ONE FOOT
of clearance above the grasses.
6. While underway, use a holding tank or portable toilet
until you can dispose of wastewater at a pump-out or
dump station. It is illegal to discharge raw sewage
overboard into Florida waters. Use an on-shore toilet
7. Watcbh3our wake. Ferri-eritr .,u ire r c:l:r, i-,ile l,.r
any damage caused U, our .e.'e-i : '.. /
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Diver Down Flag
This flag indicates divers in
the water. Boaters in the
vicinity of a vessel displaying
the diver down flag must give
100' c.ie rari,:e iri.ni,re :,r300'
clearance in open waters. A
flag Oospiae-d on a vessel
must ce 20 By ?4 Flags
attached to a float may be 12"
by 12". A stiffener is also
required to keep the flag
:i George Island is one of the best examples of Florida's
,.uif Ci:.i.1 int i.r .r l 1-.: The natural features of this
i[.)i lij .-iii Iil i1.uiiill of Mexico and Apalachicola
E.,', provide endless opportunities to enjoy abundant
.riland marine life. Snowy plovers, least terns, black
timersr, willets and other shore birds frequently nest
ji 'ng the park's nine miles of sandy shores and grass
iriai. Recreational activities include swimming, fishing,
riii ing, camping, boating, shelling and nature study. The
fark is located on St. George Island, 10 miles southeast
ca Eastpoint, off U.S. 98.
The Coast Guard requires the following equipi
1. Personal Flotation Device(PFDs) must be a
for every person on board. Children under I
of age are required by law to wear a life jack
boats less than 26 feet long.
2. Fire Extinguisher is recommended on all
powerboats, and mandatory for certain ves:
Always keep your fire extinguisher fully cha
3. Sound Signaling Device Vessels under 39
must carry a whistle, horn or other attention
device. Boats over 39 feet require both a whi
4. Visual Distress Signals Various combine
flares are used. A mirror, while not required
excellent signaling device when used on the
**The operator of a boat (owned, rented, or bo
is responsible for having ALL the USCG requ
equipment onboard and in good working con
Different sized vessels may require addition
equipment. Contact the FWC Law Enforceme
USCG for more information.
Canoeing, kayaking and ecotouring are becoming more po
local waters because many areas of Apalachicola Bay are toi
for power boats. There are also a vast array of small creel
rivers associated with the Apalachicola River system. Mar
like being able to travel at a more leisurely pace, while also
the exercise. The smooth and quiet operation of these craf
the user to see many fish, birds, and other wildlife that are
to see from boats with motors.
A list of outfitters specializing in local canoeing, kayaking an
trips is as follows:
Captain Tony Thompson
Governor Stone Sailing Trips
St. Vincent Island Shuttle
Benign Boat Works
Capt. Mike's Family Wilderness Tours
Windcatcher Sail Trips
1. L Buoy Reef
2. Franklin County
3 i' j ,r,, i'
4 Miss Jem
5. C hbell.,- .i
6. One More Time
7. : ll r l
8. Apalachicola City*
10. City of
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,:,,,,, ,: ,iti:,i N29' 31.1160'
Bridge materials spans N29 32.4480'
cr,,-,,:,ie ...tbrle N29 32.3880'
Ship, steel shrimper N29 32.0040'
Barge, steel I- i 191
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Ship, steel shrimper N29 42.3840'
W. ;.4 !. ,l".]hl.l'
Barge, steel (2) N29 27.5580'
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Bridge, rubble N29' 27.7740'
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Barge, steel N29' 17.9580'
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,:,:,n',.,- ,-l ,,im ). W J '- ;r, ll
1. i.....], II.,, i ,,, 9, I,. H., t., r 14.2 miles, 2'
n d,,i i li.1,), I .jl 1 :,H.
2. Graham Creek Hwy. 98 to Hwy. 65 N., 13.3 miles 3'
3. Gardner's Landing HA, 9' ',H, .. ri I :- .'les, 2.8 miles 3'
I, l n i ll ] .- I. n.-h,.1
4. Doyle Creek Hwy. 98 to Hwy 65 N., 4 miles 3'
5. Whiskey George Creek Hwy. 98 to Hwy. 65 N., 6.8 miles 2'
6. Cash's Creek Hwy. 98 to Hwy 65 N., 4 miles, 3'
right on dirt road, 1 mile
7. Old Ferry Dock H., i i ei i ,,.'- ....- 5'-6'
i rn ,, 1 ,-1 F ). ',, I 1- 1:, ,,, ,
8. Eastpoint County Ramp East end of Patton Drive, off Hwy. 98 4'-5
9. Indian Pass H,, ,:. i :, i. -30B 3-4'
10. St. George Island East side of Island Drive (main bridge road) 1'-2'
as entering St. George Island
11. I w I,.:I:l, l.I :l,lr I:I i,] l,,.,' h r.')l,]. l.,],1 1'-2'
12. St. George IslandStale Park In the Youth Camp area of 1 -2'
St. George Island State Park
13. StGeorge lslandState Park ri.,.ir. .iP'it, i..]i 1-2'
14. Carrabelle City Ramp Hwy. 98, downtown Carrabelle 4'-5'
15. N.- ,i, jrW.-l i .lIr[, H,r, I,: .l.'ji ri- .ri.ili it i, u pll 1 .
16. ,-, I ,,,jll ,- ,) l H .,-. .l rl l &, ,l I ,, l 10'
'H K 111 I. 1"11. "1) 1 4IP'[V:1H > h .,j '.' ul I 1 4: 1"l ,I1 3'
*Smith Creek Landing Hwy.98 toHwy. 65N., 15.6 miles, 3'
left on FR124, 2.8 miles
i map area on the Apalachicoia River
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1. Breakaway Marina & Motel
2. Bay City Lodge
3. Scipie Creek City Marina
4. Scipio Creek Marina
5. Gander's BP
6. Deepwater Marina
7. Apalachicola River Inn
8. Miller Marine
9. Battery Park City Marina
" 10. Sportsman's Lodge
Eastpoint n 670-8423
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12. Moorings Marina
13. Carrabelle Marina
14. C-Quarters Marina
15. ,,,i .;.,- ri,,,II-,
Apalachicola Bay Aquatic Pre
L. j St.Vincent National Wildlife Ri
.. St. George Island State Park
-.-. Apalachicola National Estuarin
6- Depth in feet
Marinas see listings
Artificial Reefs see listings
o Public Boat Ramps see /isting
S Bridge Marker
:JP000^ Navigation Markers
S r J
St. Vincent Sound
Danger: 'i-shaped testfiring
, -. '.,unlighted buoys,
is centered about 4 miles south of
St. George Is/and.
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Clean Marina designation is given by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to
marinas that meet federal and state environmental regulations as well as provide environmental
education and services to boaters. For more information visit the Clean Marina website: