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Old 05-24-2017, 08:23 AM
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Default 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:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?h...2330000002&z=7
Old 05-24-2017, 08:29 AM
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New Point Comfort
(Mobjack Bay)
Duck Blind Sandbar (Chisman Creek)
I believe Duck Blind has a FB page

New Point is family friendly just about any time. A quick view from Google Earth and you can see the layout.

Duck Blind can get a little rowdy on certain weekends it's located near the mouth of Chisman Creek on the Seaford side. There must be a good anchorage in the area it seems to be a popular place for sailboats to lay up when the weather threatens.
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If you are talking about HMI area, I assume you already know the areas up the Sassafras, Still Pond, Sand and Battery Island on the flats, Fairlee Creek, Bohemia River, etc. If we gave away our secret spots, then they wouldn't be secret and would be crowded!
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Originally Posted by Reel Fas View Post
New Point Comfort
(Mobjack Bay)
Duck Blind Sandbar (Chisman Creek)
I believe Duck Blind has a FB page

New Point is family friendly just about any time. A quick view from Google Earth and you can see the layout.

Duck Blind can get a little rowdy on certain weekends it's located near the mouth of Chisman Creek on the Seaford side. There must be a good anchorage in the area it seems to be a popular place for sailboats to lay up when the weather threatens.
They both look like AWESOME anchorages! Any tips on best approach and places to anchor at each one? (the NOAA charts are showing a lot of submerged pilings in the sandy areas of New Point Comfort).
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Originally Posted by mytime View Post
If you are talking about HMI area, I assume you already know the areas up the Sassafras, Still Pond, Sand and Battery Island on the flats, Fairlee Creek, Bohemia River, etc. If we gave away our secret spots, then they wouldn't be secret and would be crowded!
Yeah but it's always nice to have a few extra anchorages in your pocket for those weekends when you roll out of bed late and find your regular go to spot full of boats ;-)

I do have of all those listed with the exception of Sand and Battery Island, (I'm assuming that's the crescent shaped island that's just listed as "Battery Island" on Google Maps). I didn't know about that one, but it looks like another GREAT anchorage! I see a marked channel there on the NOAA charts that comes from the south and goes under and then right in behind it. For those of us with inboards that need around 3'-4', is there a particular approach or anchoring spot you would recommend that keeps you out of the wake from channel traffic?
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Originally Posted by NaptownLarry View Post
They both look like AWESOME anchorages! Any tips on best approach and places to anchor at each one? (the NOAA charts are showing a lot of submerged pilings in the sandy areas of New Point Comfort).

There has been a large Cedar tree root ball there along with what looks to be the remnants of a commercial pound net a few hundred yards out from the beach. Most all of the obstructions are visible even at high tide. No special instructions, just use caution as you approach and locate the obstructions.

New Point is absolutely beautiful and it's one of the first places we take out of town friends to show them what life is like on the Chesapeake Bay.

Like I said, Duck Blind can get raucous and when the jelly fish get bad this is no place to be. But, every once in a while it's fun place to cut loose.
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New Point Comfort - anchor on the W side of the point. There are old pilings and an old tree stump offshore but they are all above water. The shoal off the point comes out a good ways so avoid that area. Very easy to see.



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Another good spot is Northend Point which is at the mouth of the Back River. Anchor inside the river for protection from the bay.
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Originally Posted by NaptownLarry View Post
Yeah but it's always nice to have a few extra anchorages in your pocket for those weekends when you roll out of bed late and find your regular go to spot full of boats ;-)

I do have of all those listed with the exception of Sand and Battery Island, (I'm assuming that's the crescent shaped island that's just listed as "Battery Island" on Google Maps). I didn't know about that one, but it looks like another GREAT anchorage! I see a marked channel there on the NOAA charts that comes from the south and goes under and then right in behind it. For those of us with inboards that need around 3'-4', is there a particular approach or anchoring spot you would recommend that keeps you out of the wake from channel traffic?

Battery Island is ok, but it gets full and windy, so it can be a pain.
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Originally Posted by Mako 234 View Post
Another good spot is Northend Point which is at the mouth of the Back River. Anchor inside the river for protection from the bay.
Another Awesome suggestion! Adding it now. Thanks !
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Originally Posted by Irritablebow View Post
Battery Island is ok, but it gets full and windy, so it can be a pain.

Yeah, but weekday "sick days" are always an option for those of us that aren't retired!

Any suggestions on the best approach for Battery Island?
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This doesn't totally match because there's no walk up sandy beach but I'll throw out the cove by lowe's warf on Tilghman island. There's a bunch of mooring balls where you can tie up and hang out, and it's mostly sandy with just a little bit of muck but not nearly as much as usual for that part of the bay. The inn has a great keys-style tiki bar out on the water with volley ball courts, cornhole, live music, etc., and a ladder on the seawall for getting in and out of the water. It's about 2-3' deep by the bulkhead, more like 4' deep depending on tides in the anchorage. The inn "taxis" folks back and forth from the anchorage to the inn. Most boats don't approach their actual dockage because there's lots of shoals and people are always getting stuck. Last time we were there we spent half the time at the tiki bar, and the other half just hanging out floating around by the boat.
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The list is growing... started with 6 I had personal knowledge of and now it's up to 34 that stretch from the top of the bay all the way down to the mouth! Keep em coming, especially if you know of any spots between the bottom of Kent Island all the way down to the Rappahanock.

Just remember, we're looking to add "Sandy Bottom" anchorages with waters shallow enough to step off the boat and stand with your head above water, (4'-5' deep). Having a walk up sandy shoreline or beach is a plus.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?h...9010000001&z=7

And for those of you that enjoy a good Dock Bar on the Chesapeake Bay, here's my personal list of those too. It's publicly available so feel free to bookmark it as a reference:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?h...76.4953385&z=7
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Martin's Pt, west side of Trappe Creek Mouth, off Choptank.

Bolingbroke Creek Bar, Island At mouth of Bolingbroke Creek off Choptank just above Cambridge Bridge, Talbot County side
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Originally Posted by rose_surfer View Post
This doesn't totally match because there's no walk up sandy beach but I'll throw out the cove by lowe's warf on Tilghman island. There's a bunch of mooring balls where you can tie up and hang out, and it's mostly sandy with just a little bit of muck but not nearly as much as usual for that part of the bay. The inn has a great keys-style tiki bar out on the water with volley ball courts, cornhole, live music, etc., and a ladder on the seawall for getting in and out of the water. It's about 2-3' deep by the bulkhead, more like 4' deep depending on tides in the anchorage. The inn "taxis" folks back and forth from the anchorage to the inn. Most boats don't approach their actual dockage because there's lots of shoals and people are always getting stuck. Last time we were there we spent half the time at the tiki bar, and the other half just hanging out floating around by the boat.
Trying to figure this one out from the charts... Looks like a fairly narrow usable approach to their docks and you definitely can't get too close to shore. Do most people anchor out to port or starboard of that little channel that leads to their docks?
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For Battery Island, come out of the channel on the north side of the island and you can go around the north side to about half way down the west wide before it gets too shallow. Usually anchor about 100 yards off the island. Sand island isn't on google maps, but is directly across the channel from battery island. Approach from the west side and it stays about 4-5 ft deep until a pretty sharp drop in water depth to 2-3 ft about 100 yds off the island. South side of Sandy is very shallow. You have some room around the north side.
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Originally Posted by NaptownLarry View Post

And for those of you that enjoy a good Dock Bar on the Chesapeake Bay, here's my personal list of those too. It's publicly available so feel free to bookmark it as a reference:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?h...76.4953385&z=7
This dining one is super helpful, Sams on the Waterfront was missed in Annapolis.
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it's a secret, otherwise it defeats the purpose of "avoiding the crowds."
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Originally Posted by NaptownLarry View Post
Trying to figure this one out from the charts... Looks like a fairly narrow usable approach to their docks and you definitely can't get too close to shore. Do most people anchor out to port or starboard of that little channel that leads to their docks?
It's pretty easy to see when you get there. The channel/approach is marked pretty well any there's a pretty well established mooring field as you approach the inn. So basically you are in the main channel until parallel with the inn, then you cut over toward the inn/shore through a marked channel.
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Originally Posted by Cmp8254 View Post
This dining one is super helpful, Sams on the Waterfront was missed in Annapolis.
I've been to Sam's. It's basically in the back of a marina moreso than "on the water", that's why I omitted it. But maybe I should reconsider.

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