Our original plan in Stuart, was to anchor in Manatee Pocket Anchorage or in front of our friend’s water-front house. However, the channel to Manatee Pocket was not deep enough when we tried to pass between the high and the low tide. We hit the bottom twice and were grounded hard. It was unexpected because we didn’t have this problem when we were there 18 months ago. If we had waited for the maximum high tide schedule, we might have been okay.
Days later, during the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend, because of heavy boat traffic, we moved our boat to the quiet Peck Lake Anchorage on the intercoastal waterway, about three miles south of the St. Lucie Inlet. Peck Lake anchorage is peaceful and tranquil right next to St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park. This park is naturally preserved without any condo buildings or stores. The park is only accessible by boat though. There are many places to kayak and an endless long beach to walk in the park. The dinghy dock to the city is available at the public boat ramp in Jimmy Graham Park, by the Indian River, about a mile south from the Peck Lake Anchorage.