May 15, 2023 through May 25, 2023! The DBC Cruising Committee is hosting an overnight cruise to beautiful King's Bay in Crystal River. Specific event details are available on the Members Only Impromtu Cruising Forum by clicking here.
Please register for the event by clicking on the Blue Register Button so that we have an approximate headcount.
The plan would be to anchor overnight in King's Bay for several days and explore the area via kayak or dinghy. King's Bay offers some of the most beautiful kayaking around numerous springs on the west coast of Florida. It is populated year-round with manatees and other wildlife. There are also several restaurants on the water in the area. Kayaks may be rented on shore, however a tender or dinghy would be needed to get to shore.
The entrance channel to Crystal River is about 40 Nm north of Anclote Key. The route will be approximately 10 Nm offshore in the open Gulf waters. From the entrance, King's Bay is another 17 Nm up the river. The entrance and river channel are well marked with minmum depths of around 5 feet.
Overnight docking may be available at Pete's Pier (352) 795-3302. Hotels may also be available within walking distance of Pete's Pier. Each person is responsible for their own overnight dockage or hotel reservation arrangements.
If you have questions, please email or text Cruising Co-Chair Gary Shellenberger. Gary's cell number and email address can be found in our online directory.