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Anchoring in Swan Creek (Rock Hall)

I have a friend who inquired about anchoring overnight near Rock Hall. Since I keep my boat at a marina in Rock Hall Harbor (but not in Swan Creek), I've never anchored there (aside from dropping a lunch hook in my prior boat 5 years ago).

Is there acceptable depth (5') to anchor outside the channel? Sufficient swing space if it gets crowded? Where is the best place to dinghy to shore, and are there free dinghy docks or places with reasonable fees?

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Re: Anchoring in Swan Creek (Rock Hall)

We visit Swan Creek a lot as we hail out of Middle River and it is not that long of a trip and a great and scenic anchorage and you can get off and visit Rock Hall fairly easily.

Coming in to Swan Creek there is a patch of 7' water pretty close to the abandoned ketch that is anchored there just to the west of the green buoy with 6' all around that area and back a little ways. There are a fair number of raft ups with 2 or more boats on the weekends with everyone spread out. If the wind kicks up you are protected from all sides but have more fetch from the south.

It is nice to put the dinghy or kayak in and explore further up the creek, seeing blue herons, bald eagles, ospreys, etc.

We normally dinghy into Haven Harbour and use there dinghy dock, and you can catch the town shuttle from there if you want. It costs $10 I think.

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Re: Anchoring in Swan Creek (Rock Hall)

Yes, that little 7' hole in the chart is exactly where I anchored 5 years ago. But I didn't recall how accurate the depths were, or whether there were depth limitations getting to that little part. Also, my boat at the time had much less draft.

Do you happen to remember whether the dinghy fee provided other benefits, like use of the pool?
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Re: Anchoring in Swan Creek (Rock Hall)

I've found those depths to be pretty accurate. The northern branch of Swan Creek carries 6-7 feet up to the small community marina on the western shoreline. Definitely favor the centerline of the creek - the depth falls off quickly, especially near the eastern shoreline. People often try to cram in and fill every little gap on busy weekends so you won't have a lot of swinging room. I've taken the dinghy to Swan Creek Marina before and only paid $5 but did not get use of any marina amenities.

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Yes, that little 7' hole in the chart is exactly where I anchored 5 years ago. But I didn't recall how accurate the depths were, or whether there were depth limitations getting to that little part. Also, my boat at the time had much less draft.

Do you happen to remember whether the dinghy fee provided other benefits, like use of the pool?
You can pay a lesser fee to just dinghy in and I think around $20 for pool and bath house use also.

Haven Harbour marina people are very friendly.

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No free dinghy docks. Strange for a community which wants to attract boaters

After turning the private 15 green you can go back pretty far if you stay in the middle of the creek and don’t have any issues with 6 inches to one foot under your keel. Many a boater crowd that 7 foot area which leds to generators on powerboats and some interesting dragging when the wind pipes up as some leave short scope because it’s so crowded.

We like anchoring there but go far back. Past the ketch...way past. Past the white 6 knot marker. We go back as far as the horse farm on the eastern bank. Just go slow. The bottom is mostly thick black mud with some grass in spots. We avoid Swan Creek on NW winds as the tide blows out.
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I have a friend who inquired about anchoring overnight near Rock Hall. Since I keep my boat at a marina in Rock Hall Harbor (but not in Swan Creek), I've never anchored there (aside from dropping a lunch hook in my prior boat 5 years ago).

Is there acceptable depth (5') to anchor outside the channel? Sufficient swing space if it gets crowded? Where is the best place to dinghy to shore, and are there free dinghy docks or places with reasonable fees?
I'm the "friend" that asked Rick about the anchorages. Thanks for the post Rick and all the great local knowledge from the forum! I'll give it a shot this weekend and hope to get in there early enough to get a good spot.


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Re: Anchoring in Swan Creek (Rock Hall)

I think my point also was if you choose the 7 ft deep water spot, it doesn’t make any difference how early you are. 100 of your friends will still choose that spot and anchor on top of you. Better off going further back in the middle as far as the horse farm if you want peace and don’t want anyone annoying you. Just stay in the middle. We draw 5 ft.

There also is a sunset tradition in that anchorage , like the Key West anchorages...expect to hear some who have conchs on board to blow them at the last light.


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