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Rules regarding long term anchoring/mooring

Can anyone educate me on the rules related to anchoring in Anne Arundel County Maryland?

Someone has anchored a boat in front of my house. It looks like it’s dragging anchor a bit and occasionally gets too close to my pier for my comfort. Best I can tell, it’s on a anchor, not a mooring.

I’m trying to find out what the county/state/DNR rules are so I’m prepared if it doesn’t get relocated by its owner.

Any info is greatly appreciated.
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https://dnr.maryland.gov/Boating/Pages/srmbuoys.aspx


Single Recreational Mooring Buoys

Single recreational mooring bouyThe State does not require a permit for single recreational mooring buoys. The federal government requires no permit either, granting permission under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. However, a mooring buoy may bear ownership identification. We suggest using the state registration number, documentation number or vessel name. Mooring buoys shall be colored white and shall have a horizontal blue band around the circumference of the buoy, centered midway between the top of the buoy and the water line.

Group Recreational Moorings must be registered with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Group Recreational Mooring

Commercial Moorings are subject to federal and state permits.

Commercial Moorings

Mooring Placement Restrictions

While there are no permits required for mooring buoys, there are restrictions on where you may place them. You may not place one in such a position that the arc of swing extends into a marked or unmarked channel, including navigational main channels as designated by the U.S. Coast Guard. Moorings also may not be placed in a manner that interferes with the operation of an access through any bridge.

Mooring buoys may not be established in the following areas:

Public shellfish beds
Private shellfish beds, unless permission is obtained from the leaseholder;
Cable crossing areas;
Designated beach and swim areas in the Severn River; or in
Controlled ski areas in the Severn River and South Rivers in Anne Arundel County.

Mooring Required Placement

Moorings shall be placed in such a position that the area encompassed by the arc of the swing does not extend more than one-third the open water distance from the mean high water line on one shore to the mean high water line on the opposite shore. Also, the arc of the swing must not impede or obstruct access to the land of any riparian property owner, the access and proper use of any public access point, or otherwise hinder the orderly access to and use of waterways by the general public.

Kent County, the City of Annapolis and the towns of Oxford and St. Michael's, Maryland have local mooring requirements that also must be met.The
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Re: Rules regarding long term anchoring/mooring

Does the moored boat block access to your property?
Is it legally registered?

Recognize you do not own The water. Even if you donít like thatís itís anchored there, as long as itís not preventing access or blocking a channel I donít think you have the right to have it moved.

So there was a rich snob who tried to prevent boats from anchoring on Whitehall Creek by placing fake mooring balls in front of his property. The boaters in the creek noticed that there was never a boat on them...ever.
One weekend a few boaters decided to test this by anchoring within the area. Homeowner called DNR.
He claimed he moored his boats there, but not only couldnít prove he had actually done that. He couldnít recite how he got back to shore once he did

It was determined that the homeowner was wrong and was illegally blocking access to the water.


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Re: Rules regarding long term anchoring/mooring

If its on anchor and no one is on it, how does it keep moving away after dragging?

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It blocks access depending on where it is (it moves around), but my greater concern is having it sink or hit my pier (it’s unattended).

Is an anchored boat the same as a moored boat? I think of a mooring as more of a permanent fixture and generally with a shorter rode so it’s swing is not so broad.
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The boat should have a Registration number. Or, a Name and Hailing port if it's Documented.

That info could give You, the State, or the CG, a lead to who the owner might be, so that you could express your concerns directly.

Hopefully they've got a good set and your dock will be fine.
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It blocks access depending on where it is (it moves around), but my greater concern is having it sink or hit my pier (itís unattended).

Is an anchored boat the same as a moored boat? I think of a mooring as more of a permanent fixture and generally with a shorter rode so itís swing is not so broad.
How many feet away at its closest point.
How do you know itís an anchor not a concrete Block
Is this a bulkhead or dock sticking into the creek


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If I thought the anchor had a good set, I might not be concerned, but this boat has moved a lot in the wind. At times, I think it’s been within 50’ of my pier. Luckily, it dragged farther away - for now. I don’t know if it’s an anchor or a concrete block, but it doesn’t appear to be permanent.

My goal is to contact the owner to chat about it, but I’d like to know the rules before doing that.
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If I thought the anchor had a good set, I might not be concerned, but this boat has moved a lot in the wind. At times, I think itís been within 50í of my pier. Luckily, it dragged farther away - for now. I donít know if itís an anchor or a concrete block, but it doesnít appear to be permanent.

My goal is to contact the owner to chat about it, but Iíd like to know the rules before doing that.
Thatís a good idea to contact.


I am curious, did this just happen out of the blue? What size boat are we talking about?Is it a derelict , or is it taken care of?

If 50 ft is the closest it comes, 50ft really isnít that close to prevent access to you to be honest . There are some creeks on the Chesapeake where the anchorage is close to shore. Which creek are you on?


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