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Buck Island and private boats

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I have a question about Buck Island. We've taken one of the sailing charters to Buck on one of our previous trips to STX. Beautiful place, to be sure. My question is whether, if you are a private boat owner, you are allowed to take your own boat to Buck Island, at least to the beach area to anchor and enjoy the water and beach. I am thinking along the lines of a 25-28' center console type boat with outboard engines. My wife and I would love to be able to visit the Buck Island beach area on our own schedule, if permitted to do so. Does anyone know?



Topic starter Posted : May 31, 2009 2:24 pm
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Yes you can go to the beach or the reef. You can not fish there or camp.

Posted : May 31, 2009 6:23 pm
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A permit is required. I do not know more than that but several boats were "kicked out" of the Buck Island area on Easter Sunday because they did not have the permit. Some friends indicated that they have been going for years and never been told about the permit but the rule has just begun to be enforced.

Posted : May 31, 2009 8:02 pm
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for an anchoring permit at buck island you fax your registration to tne National Park people in town.You never get a permit but you are put on a list of people and boats with permission. There was another thread about this a while back.

Posted : May 31, 2009 8:16 pm
Jim Dandy
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That is what you have to do. Once you are on the list you can anchor at the West end beach or catch a mooring buoy at the East end on the snorkling trail.

They check frequently so don't think you can sneak in. I have even seen them checking during the week.


Posted : May 31, 2009 9:36 pm
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