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Manatee County has some very interesting wrecks and reefs.


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7-Mile North Reef site is off shore at  8 miles from the NW tip of Anna Maria Island.  The reef contains concrete pyramids and rubble.  The water depths here are in the 40 foot range.

3-Mile North Reef site is close to shore at 3.5 miles from the NW tip of Anna Maria Island and 7 miles from Longboat Pass. The water depths here are in the 30 foot range. The reef is in two sections ½ mile apart. 

7-Mile South Reef site is the most South West and is 8 miles West of Longboat Pass.  The water depths here are in the 40 -42  foot range. The first drop was in the mid seventies.  There has been many additions over the years the last being in 2002.  Concrete rubble, light poles, reef modules and a steel barge. 

3-Mile South Reef site is close to shore at 3.5 miles from Longboat Pass.  The water depths here are in the 30 foot range. There are high profile structures scattered through out the area and also many reef balls that may not show up well in the maps as they are small and transparent to sonar.  The first drop was in the late ninety's.   Concrete rubble, light poles and reef modules

1-Mile Reef reef is close to shore at 1.6 miles off of Bradenton Beach and 4.2 Miles from Longboat Pass entrance. The water depths here are in the 20 foot range. The northern most portion has over 18,000 tons of bridge material.

Coquina Near Shore Reef site is 0.3 miles from the shore of Leffis Key and 0.6 miles North of Longboat Pass.  The water depths here are in the 15 foot range. This is the closest reef to shore of all the sites.  Sections were created with 1500 tons of concrete material with low 1 to 5 foot relief.

Bulkhead Reef site is directly east of the tip of Ann Maria Island.  It consists of concrete rubble in broken scattered pattern.  The water depths here are in the 15 foot range. 

Emerson Point Reef site is right at the mouth of the Manatee River in around 12 feet of water.

Bayshore Reef site is on the eastern side of Sarasota Bay near Bowlees Creek in around 10 feet of water.

Whale Key Reef site is on the eastern side of Sarasota Bay near Bowlees Creek in around 10 feet of water.