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Posted by Tomas on December 06, 2018
Anchoring restrictions for Bahia Balandra and Caleta Lobos Animation shows the difference between the arbitrary anchoring limitation and the national limitations by depth

Bahia Balandra is a World Heritage Site and its untame beauty is one of the major attactions to the city. The famous Mushroom Rock, unofficial icon of the city of La Paz is located in the middle side of the northern portion of the bay. The public beaches in Balandra have no facilities and until recently vendors were not permitted at the parking site. Due to the rapid shallowing of the bay, the natural limitation to anchoring extend from just south of the Mushroom Rock to the far cliff wall, which protected smaller craft from spring's fierce Coromuel Winds.

However, revised achoring restrictions for vessels over 25' are now in place from the more westward point of Mushroom Rock to the point near the fallen rock on the south wall of the bay. This change only eliminates are few hundred yards of the usable anchorge, but an area the was particularly useful to protect vessels under 50'.

In Caleta Lobos, just to the south of Balandra, is well known as one of the only all-weather anchorages within 30 miles of the Ensenada de La Paz. Well protected from all but the most direct west wind, it was my first anchorage when arriving in La Paz many years ago.

Unfortunately, the majority of the most protected anchorage is now off limits. Caleta Lobos is a very rich little bay, and anyone who has anchored there can attest to the the fish population and those that have scuba dove or snorkeled the bay can comfirm the activity of the sea floor, unlike Balandra's sterile underwater dunes. Like Balandra, the sea floor also dictates the achorage area, as it shouls to less than a meter well outside the mangrove area.

The protected mangrove whice extend to the northeast represent one of the largest remaining stands in the area.  Therefore, we are asked to observe the anchoring restrictions in Caleta Lobos. Also see Restrictions for Use of Island Espiritu Santo in the Sea of Cortez

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