Pinellas Anclote (East) Watershed

The eastern portion of the Pinellas Anclote Watershed covers many neighborhoods including: Sierra Pines, Meadowbrook Estates and others.

View a map of the watershed: Pinellas Anclote Watershed (PDF)

The Pinellas Anclote Watershed is located in the southwest portion of Pasco County with small portions extending into both Hillsborough and Pinellas County. The watershed is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west, the Pithlachascotee River to the north, the Cypress Creek watershed to the east, and the Brooker Creek and Rocky-Bushy Creek watersheds to the south.

The Anclote River begins east of the Suncoast Parkway in the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Starkey Wilderness Preserve and the J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park and flows generally southwesterly towards the Gulf of Mexico. Tributaries that feed the river include Cross Cypress Branch, Sandy Branch, Duck Slough, and Holling Creek, as well as the south branch of the river itself. Lakes within the watershed include Ann, Dan, Frances, Geneva, Hiawatha, Minniola, Osceola, Salt and Seminole. In the downstream portion of the watershed, close to where the Anclote River discharges to the Gulf of Mexico, are Kreamer, Tarpon, and Whitcomb bayous.

The Anclote River drains approximately 112 square miles of Pasco and northern Pinellas Counties through 24 river miles. The river is tidally affected for the lower 14 miles.

The Anclote River is able to be monitored via USGS Stream Gauges and viewed via USGS Webcam.

View the Pinellas Anclote (East) Watershed Flow Map, showing general flow patterns from the 100 year, 24-hour storm event model.

Watershed Meeting - September 21, 2015

On Monday, September 21, 2015, a Watershed Meeting was held in response to flooding. The presentation and maps presented are available by selecting the following links:

Watershed Meeting Video:

The Pinellas Anclote (East) Watershed is also part of the project known as the Pithlachascotee-Anclote Conservation Effort (PACE).

Task Force Watershed Meetings

After the initial meeting on September 21, 2015, a Pinellas Anclote (East) Task Force was formed to discuss drainage issues within the watershed. These meetings are scheduled during the year: Pinellas Anclote (East) Watershed Meetings.