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Chesapeake Bay - Sandy Anchorages

Every captain on the Chesapeake knows the usual spots like behind Hart Miller Island where boaters congregate to break out the barbecue grill and take a dip in the water on sunny weekends during the summer. But almost every captain also knows a few local anchorages where they can drop anchor or just raft up with a few friends when they want to avoid the crowds too. (THOSE are what I'm looking for).

I'm attempting to create a comprehensive Google Map of shallow "sandy", (not mud, muck, or rocky), anchorages around the bay. The kind of place where you can anchor and everyone on board can jump off and stand barefoot in chest deep water (4'-5') on a sandy bottom with a sandy walk up shoreline.

What I'm looking for are either lat long coords or very specific location descriptions that you have a first hand knowledge of, along with a short sentence or two describing the best way to anchor there, how crowded it gets (or doesn't get) during the summer months, and any unique characteristics of the location.

The current map can be found here and will remain publicly available as it grows:

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There is always danger in the waters like jelly fish or other things that hurt , not sure there is a safe place

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But almost every captain also knows a few local anchorages where they can drop anchor or just raft up with a few friends when they want to avoid the crowds too. (THOSE are what I'm looking for).

I'm attempting to create a comprehensive Google Map of shallow "sandy", (not mud, muck, or rocky), anchorages around the bay. The kind of place where you can anchor and everyone on board can jump off and stand barefoot in chest deep water (4'-5') on a sandy bottom with a sandy walk up shoreline.


The current map can be found here and will remain publicly available as it grows:
Probably best to know locations on where Not to go on major holidays..'cause publicly announcing locations to avoid crowds wouldn't be prudent and counter productive..just my 2 and1/2 of unworthy opinion..
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Re: Chesapeake Bay - Sandy Anchorages

Because of heavy agricultural and industrial runoff, there are very few places in the entire Chesapeake where those conditions exist. There are a few locations in the lower bay near the mouths of creeks where the currents wash away the mud, but they are usually not sheltered. In some instances, you can anchor behind a peninsula over a muddy bottom, then walk across the peninsula to a sandy beach and enjoy the swimming, but the nettles will get ya!

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Re: Chesapeake Bay - Sandy Anchorages

A "Where not to anchor" list... lol But seriously, wouldn't you like to have a few more anchorage options in your back pocket for those days when you cruise up to your favorite spot and it has a crowd?
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Re: Chesapeake Bay - Sandy Anchorages

Why not just use any of the crowd sourced anchorage information already available? Descriptions usually provide tips on when the anchorage is crowded.

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Why not just use any of the crowd sourced anchorage information already available? Descriptions usually provide tips on when the anchorage is crowded.
The "crowd sourced" websites for anchorage locations tend to lump all anchorages together, muddy as well as sandy, deep water as well as shallow. An anchorage by most people's definition would be anyplace protected that's deep enough drop anchor. What I'm trying to put together here is something that's a little more "specific". E.g. Sandy bottom, shallow enough to stand on, walk up to a sandy shore if possible.

But it's growing by leaps and bounds just from suggestions I've gotten today!

Again, I'll post the map as soon as sailnet stops blocking my ability to post the url. But if you want it now just PM me.
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Because of heavy agricultural and industrial runoff, there are very few places in the entire Chesapeake where those conditions exist. There are a few locations in the lower bay near the mouths of creeks where the currents wash away the mud, but they are usually not sheltered. In some instances, you can anchor behind a peninsula over a muddy bottom, then walk across the peninsula to a sandy beach and enjoy the swimming, but the nettles will get ya!

Good luck,

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You might be surprised... I've already listed quite a few in the upper and middle bay areas. But you're right in that the northern spots with sandy bottom anchorages tend to be smaller and the lower bay region has much larger beaches/sandbars. "New Point Comfort" is just one example of a southern bay spot that's on the map already.
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Re: Chesapeake Bay - Sandy Anchorages

Remember the words of Yogi Berra - "Nobody goes there anymore, its too crowded".

Here's hoping the raft up crowd with the giant stereo speakers who's goal is to live the "Redneck Yacht Club" video on a weekly basis don't use google maps.
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Kinda the whole point... If someone obnoxious drops anchor beside you, this map will hopefully give you some other options that you may not be aware of.
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