If you travel south on the Intercostal waterway, approximately eight miles from the Nassau Sound you will find the next inlet, Ft. George inlet. This inlet is not navigable to the ocean as there are many sand bars and a fixed bridge between the intercostal waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. However, the approach to Ft. George inlet from the intercoastal is very easy to navigate and with deep water.
So what makes this boating destination so unique? First is the surprisingly clear water. The sea bottom for much of our area is made of mud making the color of our water dark and murky even on the higher tides. The bottom at the Ft. George area is all sand and on an incoming tide the water becomes very clear. Another key feature of this area is the ‚Äúsand bar‚Äù. The sand bar as everyone knows it is more like an island due to its large size but still qualifies as a sand bar as it moves throughout the year. The sand bar is a favorite of locals who beach their boats and hang out for the day grilling, swimming and lounging in the sun. On any given weekend you will find hundreds of boats rafted up and beached all along this popular boating destination. You will notice when you first arrive into the Ft. George inlet small sandy beaches lined along the marshes. Here many will camp for the entire weekend and if you think you have an interest to do so, you better get there early as this area fills up fast.
There is no charge for visiting Ft. George inlet but it is heavily patrolled by the Fish and Wildlife officers. Make sure your registration is correct and current and remember to follow all the rules of boating. To get a better look of where Ft. George inlet is located see NOAA chart 11489, Fernandina to St. Augustine Intercoastal chart. There are still plenty of warm weekend days left, hope to see you there.