Originally Posted by dtempleton
With the crew asking for time ashore I'm looking for a list of accessible beaches or nature walks that are not crowded with powerboaters. Found the one in Little Bay (Fleets Bay) but it was 80% powerboats and jetskis.
I'm sure you all have some favorites to share...
Here are five in your area of the bay that we have used: traffic is very light and powerboats are rare other than fishing skiffs at the launch ramps.
Saint Mary's City, Horseshoe Bend, St Mary's River, 38°11.38'N x 76°26.00'N
You can tie your boat to the College docks during daylight hours and walk the school campus or beyond. The anchorage in the bight is very good and reasonably well protected from all directions.
Point Lookout Marina, Smith Ck/Jutland Ck. off the Potomac R. 38°06.96'N x 76°23.99'W
The marina has a dinghy
dock, or you may tie the boat to the pier free if you dine in the restaurant. You can walk the (unfortunately named) Tick Neck roads, very rural, very pretty.
Sandy Point, Great Wicomico River, 37°49.24'N x 76°18.60'W
A very pretty sandy beach backed by a pretty old farm usually planted in corn. The beach is no doubt private, but the "poaching" is infrequent and respectful (not trashing). You can anchor
close and dinghy
, or swim ashore.
Urbanna Ck, off the Rappohannock R. at 37°38.11'N x 74°34.29'W
The town of Urbanna VA has a town marina with a boat ramp and free use dinghy
dock. Walk the pretty old town that has lots of interesting history and everything the mariner may need. The anchorage is pretty and also well protected.
Put-In-Ck, East River, Mobjack Bay, 37°24.99'N x 76°20.22'W
There is a boat ramp with dock that you can tie to for a walk along VA 14 (pretty rural and low traffic). Anchorage in the Ck is very protected and has a sticky mud bottom providing good holding. Pass Sally Tompkin's Plantation home to stbd on entry to the East R.
On the Eastern Shore:
Onancock, Onancock Ck--entry south of the Tangier & Pocomoke Sounds, 37°42.73'N x 75°45.34'W
There is a dinghy
dock, just beside the town boat ramp and wharf that is free use. You can walk up the road to the little town of Onancock, VA and around its attractions: mansion, restaurants, hardware store, ice cream, etc. There is dockage for the boat or you can anchor
in the pond off the wharf in 9' depth, very
Kiptopeke Beach, 37°10.0'N x 75°59.34'W
There is a pier and ramp that you can use to land a dinghy. The area around the pier is a VA Commonwealth Park. You can anchor
and overnight behind the sunken Liberty Ships. I've not landed a dinghy here, but watched as others did. Approach from the north or through the "cut" in the west, fish weirs block the south entry.