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Ballast Key (Florida)

Ballast Key (Florida)



Balast Key is the southermost point of land in the continental United States. It is also the only privately owned land within the boundaries of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge.

A large house on Ballast Key  is reported to be prominent.

Ballast Key (Florida)
That is a wonderful island.  How has it withstood during hurricanes etc.  Does it have it's own fresh water source?  Someone is very lucky and wealthy to have a home there.  Just a dream for most of us.  Beautiful!
Nadine Francis
Ballast Key est le point le plus méridional de terres dans la zone continentale des États-Unis. C'est aussi le seul terrain de propriété privée dans les limites de la National Wildlife Refuge Key West.

Une grande maison sur Ballast Key est remarquable.

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Marquesas Keys (Florida)

The Marquesas Keys (not to be confused with the Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean) form an uninhabited island group about 30 miles (50 km) west of Key West, 4 miles (6 km) in diameter, and overgrown by mangrove. They are protected as part of the Key ...
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Woman Key (Florida)

As I heard the story, Woman Key got its name from a group of prostitutes who washed ashore on the key after a Spanish ship went down in a storm. The sailors apparently ended up on another island, which is named Man Key.Today, Woman Key is a nature preserve, part of the Key West National
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Boca Chica Key Key West NAS (Florida Keys)

Boca Chica Key is an island in the lower Florida Keys approximately 3 miles east of the island of Key West.
Its name is Spanish for "small mouth", (not "girl mouth" as many assume, since chica used as an adjective in Spanish means small).It is mainly composed of salt marshes (mangroves) ...
15 Apr 10

Boca Grande Key (Florida)

Boca Grande Key is located in the Outlying Islands of the Florida Keys, it is the largest and westernmost of the Mule Keys that are 9 miles (15 km) west of Key West.Well protected and uninhabited Boca Grande is the first natural harbor after leaving Key West.
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Boca Grande anchorage (Florida)

We can anchor with two anchors at 24° 32 952 N and 82 ° 00 122 W, on excellent holding sand, in 10 to 12 feet.
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West channel (Key West)

 West Channel, a passage leading W from Key West between the keys and outer reefs, is deep but unmarked. It is used by shrimp boats and small craft bound toward the Dry Tortugas. Local knowledge is advised for safe passage.
15 Mar 10

Mooney Harbor SE anchorage (Florida)

 A good anchorage was reported SE of Mooney Harbor with a 4-foot entrance marked by pipes and deeper water within.
16 Mar 10

Southwest Channel (Florida)

A convenient approach to Key West from SW, has been swept to a depth of 23 feet, and is marked by buoys.
Strangers should not attempt passage at night.
12 Mar 10

Cottrel Key (Florida)

Cottrell Key is located in the Outlying Islands of the Florida Keys, it is the northernmost of the Mule Keys that are 9 miles (15 km) west of Key WestIt?s a popular spot for snorkeling. There are visible and easy to find remains of a wreck here, and it?s one of the few wrecks that ...
14 Mar 10

Mule Key (Florida)

Mule Key is located in the Outlying Islands of the Florida Keys, it is the easternmost of the Mule Keys that are 9 miles (15 km) west of Key West.
14 Mar 10

Main Ship Channel (Florida Keys)

Main Ship Channel is the only deep-draft approach to Key West. Federal project depth is 34 feet from the Straits of Florida to a turning basin off the Naval Air Station Truman Annex Mole and inside the annex basin, thence 30 feet to an upper turning basin off Key West Bight, and then ...
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Boca Grande Channel (Florida)

Boca Grande Channel, between Boca Grande Key and the Marquesas Keys, is about 15 miles W from Key West.
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Local Area

Key West National Wildlife Refuge (Florida)

Key West National Wildlife Refuge (28950 Watson Boulevard, Big Pine Key, FL; 33043. E-mail:
Phone: 305-872-0774) extends W from Key West to Marquesas Keys.Key West National
Wildlife Refuge was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt as a preserve ...
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Area from Key West to Dry Tortugas (Florida)

Florida Reefs
On the straits side of the keys, and at an average distance of 5 miles, are the Florida Reefs, a dangerous line of shoals which extend along the entire length of the chain. These reefs extend from near Stuart, on the Atlantic coast, to the Dry Tortugas, west of ...
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The Keys ( Florida)

The Florida Keys are a chain-like cluster of about 1700 islands in the southeast United States. They begin at the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula, about 15 miles (24 km) south of Miami, and extend in a gentle arc south-southwest and then westward to Key West, the ...
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West Florida

The coast, for nearly 115 miles, from Key West to San Carlos Bay is low, sandy, and generally wooded. Innumerable small islands and keys, interlaced by many small rivers and bayous, make up Everglades National Park and the Ten Thousand Islands. From San Carlos Bay N to Tampa Bay the ...
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Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico is the ninth largest body of water in the world. The shape of its basin is roughly oval and approximately 810 nautical miles (1,500 km) wide and filled with sedimentary rocks and debris. Tidal ranges are extremely small due to the narrow connection with the ocean. Considered ...
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NW Atlantic Ocean

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