Category Archives: Boat Trails

Each posting is a description of a popular boating location including a map/chart with superimposed track, a GPS track file, and a Google Earth kml file. Using this data, a boater can more easily penetrate backcountry flats fishing areas without fear of getting lost or damaging the boat on rocks and reefs.

Salt River (Homosassa to St. Martin’s) Boat Trail

Disclaimer

Each BoatTrail is thoroughly tested by Wetsocks team members and the route is selected to provide the boater with the safest and fastest path to the selected destination.  However, safe use of any BoatTrail in this guide requires practice and good sense.   Rocks are everywhere!

Salt River (Homosassa River to St. Martin River) Map

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Salt River (Homosassa River to St. Martin River) Data Files

Salt River (Homosassa River to St. Martin River) Google Earth KML file
Load this file to Google Earth to view the best boat position while on your computer.

Salt River (Homosassa River to St. Martin River) GPX file
Load this file to your GPS receiver to help correctly position your boat while on the water.

Salt River (Homosassa River to St. Martin River) Description

The Salt River runs from the Homosassa River to the Crystal River.  The section between the Homosassa River and the St. Martins River is easy to travel and only has a single dangerous spot (see map note #2).

This section of the Salt River is an excellent route choice when putting a boat in at the Homosassa but wanting to enjoy the excellent rivers to the north such as the Little Homosassa, St. Martin’s, and Fish Creek.

Salt River (Homosassa River to St. Martin River) Map Notes

Match the note number to the number on the map for navigation warnings on a particular area.

1.  This is the entrance to the Salt River.  Watch for the island
on the east side of the entrance.  It is sometimes submerged
and could cause a navigation hazard.

2.  This is a tricky, shallow, and narrow spot.  The channel is
mostly located along the east bank of the river.  However
a couple tight turns are required to skirt between two oyster
bars.  Look for the private channel markers.

3.  The Salt River meets the St. Martins River and the channel
is a bit twisty.  Slow down and follow the private navigation
aids.

4.  This is the John Brown Park boat ramp.

Petty Creek Boat Trail

Disclaimer

Each BoatTrail is thoroughly tested by Wetsocks team members and the route is selected to provide the boater with the safest and fastest path to the selected destination.  However, safe use of any BoatTrail in this guide requires practice and good sense.   Rocks are everywhere!

Petty Creek Map

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Petty Creek Data Files

Petty Creek Google Earth KML file
Load this file to Google Earth to view the best boat position while on your computer.

Petty Creek GPX file
Load this file to your GPS receiver to help correctly position your boat while on the water.

Petty Creek Description

Petty Creek is the best route for traveling between the Homosassa River and Mason Creek.  This creek is easily traveled by small boats during most tide levels but does have several shallow bars and rocks that can cause navigation problems during low tides.

Read the map notes to locate these areas

Petty Creek Map Notes

Match the note number to the number on the map for navigation warnings on a particular area.

1.  Breakwater entrance is on the north side of the creek.
2.  Shallow bar before the Chass NWR sign.  Channel on south side.
3.  Dangerous bars across creek.  Look for private markers.
Stay centered between island and markers.
4.  North Channel is rocky and narrow but deeper than Mason Creek.
Look for the many bars that dot this area.
5.  Parallel bars run mostly north and south and have narrow cuts that allow boats to pass.
6.  Big rock directly in the channel.  It is flat topped and is only a problem at low tide.
7.  The south side of Porpoise Bay seems to have some rocks scattered about.
8.  The west end of Blue Bay is shallow and rocky.
9.  The entrance to Petty Creek has a long bar across 2/3rd of the creek.  Stay to the southwest next to the dock.
10. A bar completely crosses the creek.  Private markers show the channel but the deepest part seems to be on the east side of the channel within 8 feet of the marker.  The best channel is extremely shallow and may be impassable during a low tide.
11. A big and nasty rock sets in the middle of the creek.  Stay to the west side and do not go east of the creek’s centerline.
12. The entrance to Seven Cabbage Creek is shallow, rocky, narrow, and should be traversed very slowly.
13. The cut that leads to Blue Bay and the pass to the north that leads back to Mason Creek is very shallow and can not be traveled during extremely low tide.
14. This is the entrance to the Salt River.  Watch out for the small island on the east side of the entrance.  It is usually just barely above the water and has some grass growing on it.

Mason Creek Boat Trail

Disclaimer

Each BoatTrail is thoroughly tested by Wetsocks team members and the route is selected to provide the boater with the safest and fastest path to the selected destination.  However, safe use of any BoatTrail in this guide requires practice and good sense.   Rocks are everywhere!

Mason Creek Map

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Mason Creek Data Files

Mason Creek Google Earth KML file
Load this file to Google Earth to view the best boat position while on your computer.

Mason Creek GPX file
Load this file to your GPS receiver to help correctly position your boat while on the water.

Mason Creek Description

Just to the south of the Homosassa River can be found the black waters of Mason Creek. This small creek flows out of a tidal swamp and quickly makes its way to the open Gulf of Mexico. Because the freshwater springs in this creek are of little note and because the salt marsh extends almost to the source, the waters near and upstream from the boat ramp are nearly black from mud and tannins. However, as the creek flows to the Gulf the waters quickly turn clear.

Fortunately, this creek is more lightly used than the better known rivers of the area and it is a favorite of birdwatchers and those seeking solace. Relatively easy to travel by small boat and with connecting creeks to the Homosassa and Chassahowitzka Rivers, Mason Creek provides access to the entire Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge.

Mason Creek Map Notes

Match the note number to the number on the map for navigation warnings on a particular area.

1.  Breakwater entrance is on the north side of the creek.
2.  Shallow bar before the Chass NWR sign.  Channel on south side.
3.  Dangerous bars across creek.  Look for private markers.
Stay centered between island and markers.
4.  North Channel is rocky and narrow but deeper than Mason Creek.
Look for the many bars that dot this area.
5.  Parallel bars run mostly north and south and have narrow cuts that allow
boats to pass.
6.  Big rock directly in the channel.  It is flat topped and is only a problem at low tide.
7.  The south side of Porpoise Bay seems to have some rocks scattered about.
8.  The west end of Blue Bay is shallow and rocky.
9.  The entrance to Petty Creek has a long bar across 2/3rd of the creek.  Stay to
the southwest next to the dock.
10. A bar completely crosses the creek.  Private markers show the channel but the
deepest part seems to be on the east side of the channel within 8 feet of the
marker.  The best channel is extremely shallow and can be passed even during
a normal low tide.
11. A big and nasty rock sets in the middle of the creek.  Stay to the west side
and do not go east of the creek’s centerline.
12. The entrance to Seven Cabbage Creek is shallow, rocky, narrow, and should be
traversed very slowly.
13. The cut that leads to Blue Bay and the pass to the north that leads back to Mason
Creek is very shallow and can not be traveled during extremely low tide.