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Everybody SHOULD have a chart on board (and know how to use it) - for just such occasions.
It's fairly straightforward on coastal waters, returning is when a) entering a harbour or inlet, b)travelling in the direction of a flood tide, or c) travelling up river.
I seem to recall that in the absence of significant tide it falls to travelling clockwise around North America? (I'm hazy on this, feel free to correct that idea....)
On the Lakes.... sorry, can't help you there.
Just to make it more confusing, Europe is totally different again.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)