The locals call it “Seenie Otie” but it’s official name is Atsena Otie Key, It lies just about a quarter mile south of the boat basin at Cedar Key. And it offers some interesting sights to see if you paddle across the sound.
Cedar Key was once a railroad terminus and western shipping point for lumber and seafood. In fact, there was once a pencil factory on Atsena Otie Key. Now, Cedar Key is a tourist destination with fine restaurants and some excellent lodging. And, at the opposite end of the spectrum, uninhabited Atsena Otie is simply a destination for boaters and fishermen willing to make the short trip from town. While it’s an easy trip to circumnavigate the island, don’t hesitate to explore the island’s inner lagoon, where you’ll see marine birds and all sorts of saltwater fish species.