(as of Apr 22,2021 16:35:02 UTC – Details)
Boaters new to the waters around Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Pine Island, and the barrier islands in Pine Island Sound are surprised to learn how different these waters are to any they have experienced in other parts of the country. Four unique waterways converge, each bringing their own challenges as they lead out to the Gulf of Mexico. The last 35 miles of the Caloosahatchee River flow down from the north, where the river meets San Carlos Bay, Pine Island Sound, and Matlacha Pass. These waters in many parts are shallow, forcing boaters to carefully navigate narrow and sometimes shallow channels to get to where they want to go. With charts and satellite images the author guides the reader through these waters from the W.D. Franklin Lock and Dam down the Caloosahatchee River up through Matlacha Pass to the top of Bokeelia, down Pine Island Sound, across San Carlos Bay and into Matanzas Pass. Along the way the guide points out which channels to take a pass on, and which might lead to an interesting adventure.