Mule Keys

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The Mule Keys are a group of scattered islets in the Florida Keys in Monroe County, Florida, United States. They are between 3 and 12 miles (5–20 km) west of Key West, separated from it by the Northwest Channel. On the west, they are separated from the Marquesas Keys by the 6-mile (10 km) wide Boca Grande Channel. They belong to the outlying islands of the Florida Keys. Administratively, they are an unincorporated area of Monroe County. The islets are part of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. The area of the islets totals 1.07 mi² (2.77 km²), of which 1.02 mi² (2.63 km²) are land area and 0.05 mi² (0.14 km²) inland water bodies (on three of the keys). The islets are uninhabited except for Mule Key, for which the census of 2000 lists one housing unit with a population of two (park rangers or coast guard).

The United States Government has placed most of this area off limits, as a part of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. It is even prohibited to anchor off Man Key and Woman Key in the sand, although Woman Key was a popular destination for day trippers from Key West in the past, which Boca Grande Key still is. Anchoring off the south part of Boca Grande Key is also prohibited; it is permitted only off the northwest portion.[1]

Ballast Key is privately owned and offered on the real estate market for US $13,800,000, as of July 2011.[2]

The easternmost islet, Mule Key, is 2.7 miles (4.4 km) west of Sunset Key which is part of Key West city. The westernmost (and largest) islet, Boca Grande Key, is 6 miles (10 km) east of the Marquesas Keys.

12 individual islets are named on detailed topographical maps:

Block
Nr.1)
Islet Land
Area
(m²)
Inland
Waters
(m²)
Total
Area
(m²)
Coordinates Comment
3031 Mule Key 52169 - 52169 Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. easternmost
3032 Archer Key 247136 - 247136 Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. actually two separate islets
3033 Crawfish Key 17125 - 17125 Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.  
3034 Barracouta Key2) 482627 57221 539848 Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. including tiny islet 430 m south
Joe Ingram Key2) - Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. smallest
3035 Man Key 358808 - 358808 Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. actually three separate islets
3036 Ballast Key 46801 4741 51542 Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. southernmost
3037 Woman Key 317669 - 317669 Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.  
3038 Boca Grande Key 741228 80416 821644 Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. largest, westernmost
3039 Little Mullet Key 58625 - 58625 Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.  
3040 Big Mullet Key 87211 - 87211 Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.  
3041 Cottrell Key 215943 - 215943 Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. northernmost
  Mule Keys 2625342 142378 2767720    
1) of Block Group 3, Census tract 9725, Monroe County, Florida [1]

2) Because Barracouta Key and Joe Ingram Key together form one census block,
   no exact separate area figures are available. Joe Ingram Key is estimated at 10,000 m².

On nautical maps, the Mule Keys appear like an atoll of 11 miles (18 km) length east-west, and 6 miles (10 km) width north-south (covering a sea area of roughly 58 mi² (150 km²)), with Mule Key, Crawfish Key, Man Key, Ballast Key, Woman Key and Boca Grande Key along the southern rim (from east to west), and Cottrell Key in the north.

7 miles (11 km) south of Mule Key, separated from the Mule Keys by West Channel, are three notable submerged reefs, from east to west:

  1. Eastern Dry Rocks, at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
  2. Rock Key, at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
  3. Sand Key, at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.

See also

References

  1. "Key West Islands". Bootkeyharbor.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Inquire about Ballast Key". Privateislandsonline.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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