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08-30-2012 12:06 PM
travlineasy
Re: Sailing to St Mary's

I believe the dock used by Tangier Island Cruises is owned by the park, and Allen Tyler probably leases it from the park. Inside Lake Conoy, the basin is fairly deep, about 7 to 8 feet, but as posed above, it's real easy to run aground on the shoal. It's also easy to run aground on the 1/4-mile long sand bar that runs from the point out to Point Lookout Tower.

If the wind's blowing from the north or northeast, you can always anchor outside the lake in the shelter of the hook itself near Jobs Rock. The bottom here is hard sand and with enough scope holding is relatively good. This is NOT a good place to anchor when the wind is coming from a southerly direction.

The next closest sheltered area in the Potomac is Smith Creek, which is where Point Lookout Marina is located. Smith Creek is about 6 miles upriver from Point Lookout state park.

Solomons is a great place to explore, lots of restaurants and bars, not sure if the Tiki Bar is still there, but it was always a good place for the younger crowds. There's good anchorage in the nearby creeks. You can sail upriver for several miles, but once you get above the Route 4 Bridge the channel narrows down a bit.

Reedville really didn't have much for sightseeing that I can recall, and if the menhaden rendering plant is operating you definitely don't want to be downwind of the plant. The smell will make anyone gag.

Good Luck,

Gary
08-29-2012 09:49 PM
PalmettoSailor
Re: Sailing to St Mary's

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Originally Posted by chuck53 View Post
I'm at Olversons. I've stayed at Port Kinsale, Coles Point, Tall Timbers, St. Mary's Yachting Center and Pt. Lookout. Have been to Horseshoe Bend at St. Mary's numerous times and been to Solomons and Reedville several times.
Went to Tangier once and as a friend once said, if you've been there once, you've been twice and don't feel like making it 3 times.
My Dad's saying for places like that was "I've been there twice. My first time and my last time."

I've actually flown to Tangier many times but never been by boat. Having been there I'm not sure I'd make the effort to go back via boat.
08-29-2012 08:50 PM
Sea Dawg
Re: Sailing to St Mary's

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Originally Posted by patrscoe View Post
Perhaps the wind forecast for the weekend will be better in a few days and we'll head up to Solomon or down to Reedville.
Go for Solomon. Just did both and the scenery is beautiful in Reedville, but there's nothing else. In Solomon the entrance is well marked, there's a museum and restaurants and we borrowed bikes from the marina (Zanhisers) and got around town, swam in the pool, and got supplies. We only were able to buy ice in Reedville. We timed it so we were heading up on the incoming tide and much of our return was slack or outgoing to make up time. Do post pic's.
View at dinner:

08-29-2012 07:01 PM
chuck53
Re: Sailing to St Mary's

I'm at Olversons. I've stayed at Port Kinsale, Coles Point, Tall Timbers, St. Mary's Yachting Center and Pt. Lookout. Have been to Horseshoe Bend at St. Mary's numerous times and been to Solomons and Reedville several times.
Went to Tangier once and as a friend once said, if you've been there once, you've been twice and don't feel like making it 3 times.
08-29-2012 06:49 PM
patrscoe
Sailing to St Mary's

We are at Port Kinsale. We have only been there for a few months. It's a very quite marina and people seem nice. We have sailed up and down the Potomac (Va side) all summer so we thought we would explore St Mary, MD this weekend.
It's a little different than the Deltaville area, our previous sailing grounds but we like the quietness within the upper neck, most of the time.
08-29-2012 03:28 PM
BubbleheadMd
Re: Sailing to St Mary's

T.I. Cruises is running again. I just went kayaking there a month or two ago, and watchted the boat come in.

The body of water at the state park that you tie up in, is called Lake Canoy.

Whatever you do, stay outside of bouy "PL" (unless you're actually driving in to Lake Canoy), the actual Point Lookout light, and green "69A".

I can't believe how many people drive their boats onto the shoal down there.
08-29-2012 03:12 PM
chuck53
Re: Sailing to St Mary's

Patrscoe,
I just noticed your home port being Kinsale which means you already knew everything I posted earlier about the lower Potomac.
Are you at Port Kinsale or Kinsale Harbor?
08-29-2012 01:18 PM
patrscoe
Re: Sailing to St Mary's

We were thinking of visiting the lighthouse in October. A little haunted adventure for a kids as the Lookout Point lighthouse is ranked the 9th haunted lighthouse in the country, not sure how they came up with a haunting ranking. The inlet into the park might be a good temporary docking or anchoring.

Gary, do you know who owns the docking that is just inside the inlet? It appears to be a public facility but cannot find any information on it.
08-29-2012 11:41 AM
travlineasy
Re: Sailing to St Mary's

It's pretty skinny at low tide while going through the inlet, but inside there's about 8 feet at the end of the dock. At one time there was a large, Chesapeake Bay cruise boat, Tangier Island Cruises, that docked just inside the inlet. I'm sure it drew at least 6 feet and measured about 85 feet long. I'll probably make a stop there in October on my way south for the winter.

When I last visited the Civil War Museum, which was about 15 or more years ago, it was open 3-days a week and the admission was about $5. Lots of really neat stuff there. The history of the point is really interesting, and you are right, it was among the worst Hell-holes of the north. Andersonville, in the south, beat them all, though.

You'll find lots of information on the area at

Good luck,

Gary
08-28-2012 10:13 PM
chuck53
Re: Sailing to St Mary's

Gary, what's the water like getting into the state park? is it pretty skinny in there? I didn't know there was a museum there even though I did know the Union prison was pretty nasty, one of the really bad ones.

I don't see where anyone has mentioned St. Mary's Yachting Center. Been a few years since I was there but seems they had a decent restaurant.
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