Originally Posted by Nomad Willy
If you have time please coment on the folowing South Sound anchorages.
Refer to the number.
3.... Anchoring just NW of Hope Is.
Possible but if one of the state park moorings are available I think it is a better option. The NW side of Hope Is has a pretty steep slope into water that is a little too deep for comfortable anchoring given the currents. The wind can also pick up through that channel. Hope Island is a nice little spot. Another good reason to have a WA marine pass.
5.... Anchoring Just SW of Dougall Pt. In Pickering Passage.
I have not anchored there, going by there it has seemed a bit exposed. McLane Cove, right across the channel, is a nice little anchorage however. Jarrell Cove has a lot of State Park moorings as well. The park is a nice place for walking.
7.... Anchoring just NW of MicMicken Is.
Excellent anchorage. Protected, good holding bottom in a convenient depth. Again, there are also State Park Mooring balls on that side of the Island. This is one of our favorite spots in the South sound. At the end of the summer when the weather has been hot and the tide is right, the water is warm enough for swimming.
8.... Anchoring at the so end of Filucy Bay.
This is a good spot to anchor although there are private homes on the beach south of the point. I tend to prefer the North end of the bay as it is secluded. Watch out for the fish farming apparatus but there is plenty of room and is nice and protected unless you have a strong South wind.
Nearby are the mooring balls at Eagle Island. This is a popular spot with great views.
10... Anchoring just east of the bridge to Fox Island.
I have never done it but in that area I would consider Horsehead Bay. Surrounded by private homes but a nice protected anchorage and a lovely spot.
10... Anchoring well up into Wollochet Bay.
Excellent place to anchor. Anchor off the Tacoma Yacht Club outstation past that last little jog in the bay. Good holding, and quiet unless it is a summer weekend and the wake boarders are out.
11... Would one be a navagational hazzard anchoring in the middle of Gig Hbr.
On a summer weekend there are lots of boats anchoring in the harbor, so everyone is used to it. Anchor in the middle of the harbor leaving enough room from both the SW and NE sides of the harbor so traffic can get out of the marinas. Eat at the Tides tavern and there is a very convenient pumpout station right next door at the City Dock.
Another spot I like in the South Sound is the inner Oreo Bay.