By Water 24.683426, -81.191172
Oceanside off 7 mile bridge. Nice day spot to swim, explore & wade. The rock just to the SW of the main island has an old bomb hole on its NW side. This goes from about 5 foot depths at the rim to 15 or 16 feet in the hole. Good swimming. The middle island is the main one & you can beach your dinghy & explore. The water in the flats between this Island and the mangrove one to the east is very shallow and VERY HOT in the summer - it must be 105-110 degrees. We sometimes anchor in the channel just to the NW of the island and stay the weekend there. Fast currents. There is a ledge about 100 yards off the island. You dinghy or small boat in to the ledge (go to the East end of the island), then walk the rest of the way in. Watch the tide because if you're boat is up on the ledge it can go high and dry very quickly on an outgoing tide!
Local information provided by Greg Absten, of www.bootkeyharbor.com Photo By Capt. Frank Danisl