Annapolis, MD / Chesapeake

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Chesapeake Bay Cruising Area

If this is your first time on the bay, we would highly suggest getting a cruising guide in advance to help plan your trip. A good cruising guidebook is Dozier's Waterway Guide, Mid-Atlantic or Chesapeake Bay, which you can buy at a West Marine store, or

This is the guide that will be onboard the boat along with a set of charts. For another option, The Atlantic Cruising Club has an electronic version that we feel is a very good source as well.

Here is also a good source for charts. This link should give you Chart 12270.

Annapolis Bay Charters

is located at The Port Annapolis Marina on Back Creek. This is a full-service marina with a pool, private bathhouses, breakfast/sandwich shop, picnic/grilling areas, water-taxi service to downtown shops and restaurants, parking.

At anytime during your charter you may come back and use your slip and the facilities at no additional cost. And Back Creek offers easy access to the Chesapeake Bay.

To assist you with these decisions, we have compiled a list of top places worth visiting, along with web links, contact information, and a distance map. You will find there are lots of creeks and coves throughout the Chesapeake Bay that provide nice, quiet anchorages. For marinas and ports of interest here are a few suggestions:

Southern Route Ports of Interest

West River/Galesville, Herrington Harbor North, Herrington Harbor South, St Micheals, Tilghman Island, Oxford, Cambridge, Solomons Island

Northern Route Ports of Interest: Rock Hall, Chester River/Chester Town, Baltimore, Harbor, Georgetown, Sassafras River.



FROM TO nautical miles statute miles

  • Annapolis Baltimore Inner Harbor 27 31
  • Chestertown (bridge) 35 40
  • St Michaels (FLR 2) 25 29
  • Oxford (Town Creek) 32 37
  • Solomons (Mollys Leg) 45 52
  • Crisfield (basin) 80 92
  • Baltimore Harbor Rock Hall (R 8) 23 26
  • Chestertown (bridge) 42 48
  • Annapolis (city basin) 27 31
  • St Michaels (FLR 2) 45 52
  • St Michaels Baltimore Inner Harbor 45 52
  • Chestertown (bridge) 30 35
  • Annapolis (city basin) 25 29
  • Oxford (Town Creek) 30 35
  • Solomons (Mollys Leg) 45 52
  • Oxford Baltimore Inner Harbor 52 60
  • Chestertown (bridge) 49 56
  • Annapolis (city basin) 32 37
  • St Michaels (FLR 2) 30 35
  • Solomons (Mollys Leg) 35 40
  • Solomons Annapolis (city basin) 45 52
  • St Michaels (FLR 2) 45 52
  • Oxford (Town Creek) 35 40
  • Crisfield (basin) 43 49

Weather Links

Sail Flow- a NOAA wind forecast model for the Bay.