Hughlett Point and Prentice Creek

Anchoring in Chesapeake Bay -Prentice Creek

Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve and Prentice Creek combine to make one of the best places we’ve anchored so far in Chesapeake Bay! We were looking for a beach, a place to relax, and some solitude on the water – we got them all!

In this blog post, we share Episode 105 and a few additional deets about this lovely location in the Chesapeake Bay.

Sunrises and Sunsets in Prentice Creek

Pretty much the best sunrises and sunsets.

Hands down, the best.

The view eastward in the morning looks out from Prentice Creek across the vast open Chesapeake Bay. So the sunrise stretches her long arms to greet you good morning.

And the sunset is westward over the forest and low-key creek system.

Sunrise from the stern of Cadence looking east to the mouth of Prentice Creek.
Fall Sunset over the Southwest Sky with Matt in Prentice Creek

Anchoring in Prentice Creek

The anchorage was well-protected, and there are several options and alternative creeks to anchor in with depths over 8 feet.

Chart of Prentice Creek and Dividing Creek, We Anchored in the Smaller Prentice Creek South of “Ditchley”

Where we anchored, there was no swell or waves from the main bay because Hughlett Point cut them down, and we had 270 degree wind protection from shore and trees.

The creek ran pretty far back, which provided plenty of opportunities for fishing, swimming, and having fun!

About Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve

Just a short dinghy ride from our anchorage is Hughlett Point. We dinghied over twice – once in the morning to fish and again in an afternoon to enjoy the beach.

I could see the fishing being good around this point. There are old coral heads and rocks on both sides of the the marked channel and just south of Hughlett Point.

The beach was relaxing with plenty of room for a few families to enjoy at the same time, and it’s not hard to walk the entire beach in 30 minutes.

Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve contains several excellent examples of tidal and non-tidal wetlands, as well as exemplary undeveloped beaches, dunes, and upland forests. The preserve supports the federally threatened northeastern beach tiger beetle and other rare invertebrates. Hughlett Point is an important wintering area for migrating waterfowl and songbirds, and provides habitat for bald eagles, osprey and northern harriers.
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

I’m sure we missed something about this area. If you have any questions, drop them in the comments down below!





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