There were 10 or so other boats in there when we arrived, so this seems to be a well known anchorage. We had no problem finding a suitable spot to drop anchor (on a Tuesday night).
Anchoring & Protection
The anchoring depths were about 25 to 45 feet with a sandy bottom, which is usually good holding. We put out a 5-to-1 scope of 125 feet of chain in about 35 feet of water.
It was really windy while we were in there – and out of the North! (Where was this wind all day when we were trying to sail!?!) So, take note, this isn’t a particularly good anchorage for wind protection. Except maybe from the east, but we don’t normally get easterlies in this area. While the cliffs on the south of the island are steep (and to the east of you while in the cove), the land tapers down really low at the north end of the bay… which obviously wasn’t preventing the wind from gusting over and through the anchorage.
We can’t be sure, but we seemed to have dragged anchor a bit while there!
When we checked our anchoring app in the morning, despite the nice bottom and our skookum new Ultra anchor, it appears that we had actually dragged a bit in the night. It was hard to tell for sure visually (as it was very slight), but we *seemed* somewhat further south than we remembered anchoring, and our app had us almost at the southernmost perimeter of our allowable range.
If we did drag, our anchor did reset itself after dislodging and held fast after that. Mud is probably better holding (we had no problems in Gorge Harbour for this reason).
It’s important to note that there is a bit of current in here, too, to be aware of.
At one point, before we went to bed, our bow was pointed to the east with the wind on our port beam (out of the north). If there were ever ingredients for dragging, this would be what we suspect happened. Josh noticed other boats were angled the same way, so be wary of moderate wind conditions when anchoring here, as the currents will create some lateral forces that could work your anchor loose!
Other Useful Info
The park doesn’t allow dogs on the beach (at all), but we brought Kyuss anyways since she was seconds away from peeing herself after the 12-hour sail! I saw other people with a dog there, too, so I don’t know how monitored the area is for compliance. Being a government park, I suspect this is in place to protect migratory birds, so just be aware of the wildlife if you plan to bring your dog to shore.
Overall, it was a pretty area, and looked really cool for the beach bonfire potential and open grassy park to explore. Not to mention the cool sandstone rocks and cliffs. Sadly, we only stayed one night, but I wouldn’t mind hitting it up again were to pass by another time.
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