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06-29-2012 08:56 PM
bobnpaula
Re: Places to drop a hook or overnight

Brak,
We agree with all of the above. We sail out of Herring Bay (just next door), and prefer to head out overnight, where the wind takes us, rather than day sails. ( I don't like to turn around once I'm out there)... get the "guide to cruising ches bay" for lots of ideas. Some favs: Drum Point Cove and Dividing creek in the Wye area; Rideout Creek off Whitehall Bay; Saltworks Creek off Severn; Mooring ball or anchor up Spa Creek in Annapolis; Dun Cove behind Tighlman Island off the Choptank; Baby Owl Cove off Broad Creek, off Choptank and San Domingo Creek, "back door to St. Michael's", also off Broad Creek; Oxford and Trippe Creek north of it; can go to Hudson Creek off the Little Choptank enroute to Solomon's, or if wind is good, can make it to Solomon's in a day sail; These are all within a day sail of West River, and a sample for each direction. They are all beautiful. Enjoy!
06-15-2012 01:32 PM
T37Chef St Leonard Creek up the Patauxent is a must!
06-15-2012 01:03 PM
SVAuspicious
Re: Places to drop a hook or overnight

Lots of good stuff in the thread so far. Check out the Chesapeake Bay Eats thread for places with bars & restaurants.

Not mentioned above are Dividing Creek off the Wye, Back Creek in Solomons, Round Bay on Severn, South Anchorage off Horn Point in Annapolis (the water taxi will come get you if you don't have a dinghy), Mobjack Bay, and on the South River: Harness Creek, Aberdeen Creek, and the cove on the North side up by the Rt 2 bridge.

Look at ActiveCaptain.com
06-15-2012 09:52 AM
jsaronson
Re: Places to drop a hook or overnight

Also Whitehall bay and Mill Creek. You can dock at Cantler's for dinner in Mill Creek the motor out and drop the hook.
06-15-2012 09:06 AM
PalmettoSailor
Re: Places to drop a hook or overnight

If you want to work into doing some overnights, as others mentioned a favorite destination for many in the Herring Bay area is Rhode River, which you may not see as much of a trip being you sail in West River.

Fortunately, you have a lot of options once you cross over to the eastern shore. Over off Eastern Bay within 20 NM of West River you can visit Wye River (really pretty) or down to take a slip in St Mikes (great town to visit, but some consider pricy for slips).

Going down to the Choptank through Knapps Narrows you could visit Dun Cove, Baby Owl Cove, St Domingo Creek (the back door way to visit St Mikes without incurring slip costs), Tred Avon River, Oxford, Cambridge, LeCompte Bay, Latrappe Creek, etc., etc. These would all be between 20 and 25 NM from West River entrance.

Taking a mooring ball in Annapolis is also a lot of fun. If you can handle a bit of rocking and rolling the outer field is right in the middle of the action, or you can go up Spa Creek for more piece and quiet. At $30 a night for a mooring I think Annapolis is something of a bargain place to visit. You can dingy ashore or take the water taxi to walk around, shop, grab a nice dinner or have a beverage. It's the coolest stepping off the water taxi onto you your "yacht" and bidding the tourists "adieu".

If you have a long weekend or week the possiblities are nearly endless, Solomons, Baltimore, points south?????
06-14-2012 08:36 PM
bkafer
Re: Places to drop a hook or overnight

Further North, my wife LOVES turners Creek, there is a park there and you can tie up and stay at the park overnight . she would go there every trip .
01-17-2007 10:40 PM
lgo Wow, so many places to go for a lovely weekend. St. Michael's is a wonderful destination. Baltimore is exciting. Rock Hall has some charm and good eating. Shaw Bay and the Wye River are a treat. Pull out a chart and look for areas that have the depth you can visit and go for it. A cruising guide will give more clues to a wonderful time. The adventure is part of the joy. lgo, SV Tango
01-07-2007 11:25 PM
SailorMitch
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Originally Posted by T37Chef
Hello Neighbor SailorMitch, we too sail out of Rock Creek, Oak Harbor Marina.

Mitch covered them well. I'd second Swan Creek. Other favorites include Hawks Cove, behind Gibson Island, and the Corsica off the Chester River. A bit further if you get a real early start are on the Northern Bay are, Fairlee Creek, Still Pond, and Worton Creeks. South

You may want to pick up a Guide to Cruising the Chesapeake Bay. It gives good insight into the uniqueness of hundreds of anchorages and their personalities.

In the hight of the season many will be VERY crowded, especially for the late arrivals, double that if its a holiday weekend!!!
Hey, I'm at Oak Harbor, too. I'll send you a PM. Great place to sail out of.

Brak -- literally, just point your boat the way the wind blows you, and there will be a nice anchorage there waiting for you. The northern bay is a tremendous place!
01-07-2007 11:15 PM
camaraderie Brak...Do get that guide...once you do you will be unable to put it down...there are YEARS of weekends in that book!!
Two of our favorite places are Solomons Island and St. Mike's in your area.
We used to keep our boat further down the Bay south of the Potomac but always stopped at those two towns on our jaunts north.

One of the most interesting places to see by boat that really suprised us was the City of Baltimore. That is probably best saved for when you have a really long weekend but it is an easy trip and a wonderful place to hang out. From the waterfront you have walking distance access to malls, the science museum, the aquarium (incredible), Little Italy, and you can even walk to an Orioles game. You CAN anchor right off the mall but there is a lot of bottom debris so I always take a slip and use the water taxi to get around.
Have fun out there!
01-07-2007 10:23 PM
longwaterline Rhode River is one of my favorites sailing up from Herring Bay. A nice part about Chesapeake Bay sailing around the Annapolis, MD area is the multitude of protected anchorages within a day sail from West River.
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