Franklin Harbour (Cowell)
Reviewed Aug 2016
Cowell is situated on Franklin Harbour approximately halfway between Port Augusta and Port Lincoln. One of the safest and best fishing areas in South Australia, Franklin Harbour is a land-locked bay with a narrow entrance.
Anchorage: Good holding in all winds off the north side of the boat launching harbour near a finger pier good for dinghy access. Watch for shoaling water just past finger pier.
Entrance: Following the leads found on Entrance Island in a NW direction to another set of leads and channel markers south around the island. There is a shallow 2.5 m deep anchorage with strong currents behind the island. Or take another set of leads and channel marker to NE, and then NW to town.
Facilities: all the usual shopping, post office, and pubs. A very nice bakery. Foreshore developments include boardwalk and sheltered BBQ area that includes an adventure playground and public toilets with access for disabled.
Fishing: The waters of Franklin Harbour offer spotted and silver whiting, snapper, squid, mullet, flathead, garfish, snook, tommy ruff and blue crabs. The southern waters are accessed through a tortuous channel for keel boats.