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
Petty Creek Data Files
Petty Creek Google Earth KML file
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Petty Creek GPX file
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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.