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10-12-2011 11:51 PM
Dog8It One of our favorites is Little Bay just before the entry to Antipoison Creek, though it can get crowded during the day in good weather. Still a very nice anchorage.



10-12-2011 11:30 PM
pdqaltair
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Originally Posted by T37SOLARE View Post
You guys really know how to ruin a good spot quickly....

The best anchorages are the ones I'm the only boat in, and yes I've been in the majority of the ones mentioned in this thread, but there's a few not mentioned and I'm not telling
In these days of satellite imagery, who's kidding whom?

(Me too. Shhh.)

Truthfully, if there is any inconvenience, if it's not on the way to or from someplace, if there is any tricky piloting or any mystery, that will keep the crowds away.
10-12-2011 11:24 PM
T37SOLARE You guys really know how to ruin a good spot quickly....

The best anchorages are the ones I'm the only boat in, and yes I've been in the majority of the ones mentioned in this thread, but there's a few not mentioned and I'm not telling
10-12-2011 09:39 PM
kb3pwc
My lips are sealed

It used to be quieter years ago but yes. At one time it was Winchester Farms...a hunting area but it was pretty lovely as long as they were not shootin'

Leslie

s/v Tango
CR 34
Lankford Bay Marina
Chester River, MD
10-12-2011 08:50 PM
chef2sail Leslie,

The Lanford West One...Is that Millstone Pt and Siani Creek like I posted above...if so shhhh....dont let everone know
10-12-2011 08:43 PM
kb3pwc
Favs to drop anchor (quiet is our goal here)

WOW, there are so many here we like but this would be my selection....
10. End of the West Branch of Langford Creek by Chesapeake Farms
9. Grove Creek off the Chester, just to say we got in there for the gunkholer in us.
8. Coan River off the Potomac
7. Pitman Cove, Indian Creek
6. St. Mary's City
5. Trippe Creek, Choptank River
4. La Trappe Creek, Choptank River
3. Behind Cason Point, Hudson Creek on the Little Choptank
2. Dividing Creek, Wye River
1. Queenstown, Chester River

Now if you wanted to see the spots for action, that I guess, would have to be another thread.

Leslie

s/v Tango
CR 34
Lankford Bay Marina (right across from Cacaway Island)
10-12-2011 12:13 PM
PalmettoSailor While nearly every place I've yet anchored is probably covered in the guidebooks, I will say for seclusion and peacefulness, any place south of Point Lookout and north of York River wins for those of us doing most of our sailing on weekends.

Yes, there are many great destinations in the mid-bay, but there are far more powerboat wakes up here to upset things (Eastern Bay for example) and you are highly unlikely to have an anchorage to yourself or shared with one or two other boats which was common when we were sailing out of Deltaville. As an example, I counted over 50 boats anchored/rafted in Shaw Bay on a non-holiday weekend. Fishing Bay in Deltaville is similiar in size and was considered crowded if there were a dozen boats.

I envy those of you in the mid-bay that are able to get in some overnights during the week where there are less wakes to contend with and fewer boats in the anchorages, but I really envy the folks that are able be close to their boats and sail out of the Middle Peninusla area.
10-12-2011 08:01 AM
lancelot9898 Some of my favorite anchorages are where I can get off the boat and hike or jog through the woods. Several places come to mind.

1. Dividing Creek off the Wye

2. Mill Creek off the Patuxent River just past the bridge and Point Patience

3. But my favorite is Horseshoe Bend on the St Mary's River where not only there is ample room to jog on the trails, but to visit an historic site like a mini Williamsburg...plus the college there has a great restaurant

Now if someone can give some good anchorages on the Pamlico Sound that would be great since we're moving the boat down there next spring.
10-12-2011 07:11 AM
SVAuspicious
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Dave are you referring to Deep Creek on the Magothy- Ill bet not
Not. See https://activecaptain.com/X.php?lat=...22512&t=n&z=15 . I anchor in 10-12 feet of water opposite Otter Pond in the Bay proper. This is not an anchorage for a windy day, or even for a light boat. We've spent a couple of light air nights there away from bugs with reasonable ventilation through the boat.

I first tried it after drifting up alongside a big Cabo Rico anchored there one day to see if they needed help. *grin* They were happily finishing a late breakfast and pointed out the benefits of being away from the mosquitoes at the more classical anchorages.

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Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
Granery Creek on the Wye
NOOOOO! Don't tell anyone.

Fredericksburg.com - Here, in this inlet . . .
10-11-2011 10:23 PM
mgmhead 1. Reed Creek (a new favorite)
2. Langford Creek (off Cacaway Island)
3. Corsica River
4. Grays Inn Creek
(all of the above are off the Chester River)
5. Swan Creek
6. Rock Creek (off Patapsco River)
7. Magothy (Eagle Cove by Horse Farm)
8. Rhode River (near High Island)
9. Worton Creek (in Fall)
10. Bodkin (off Patapsco River)
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