The anchorages that are available in the City of Annapolis’ waters include the Severn River, Weems Creek, Spa Creek, and Back Creek. Be advised that the holding ground in city waters is generally poor, and changes in wind direction or current frequently result in boats dragging anchor.
The Severn River offers three anchorages, two of which are legal anchorages, while the third requires permission. If entering the Severn River from the Chesapeake Bay, the first two designated, chartered legal anchorages are the Middle Ground Anchorage and the South Anchorage, which are located off of Horn Point between Spa Creek, and Back Creek. The water here is moderately deep, so be certain you have sufficient ground tackle to anchor there safely. The third is the Naval Academy Small Craft Anchorage, which is located at the mouth of Spa Creek to the south east of the Academy seawall. However, you must obtain permission from the Naval Academy Superintendent in order to anchor there. (See: US Coast Pilot Section 110.159 (4) and NOAA Navigation Chart 12283 “Note A.”)
Be advised that there is NO ANCHORING permitted between the “1SC” buoy (at the entrance to Spa Creek) and day marker #3 above the Spa Creek Draw Bridge, or anywhere in the Main Entrance Channel (which is bounded on the East side by Severn River green lighted buoy “9” (USCG Light List #19760) and unlighted green can buoy “1SC” (USCG Light List #19905) and on the West side by Severn River unlighted green-red can buy “SC” (USCG Light List #19765) and Naval Academy Light (USCG Light List #19785) mounted on a 10 ft. Red Pylon on the Naval Academy Seawall.)