Shelter from All Directions
Indicative Anchoring Position
35° 47.5’S 137° 46.4’E
Note. Indicative anchoring positions are for reference only and should not be used as waypoints. The best position for anchoring depends on many factors including vessel draft, tide, and forecast wind.
American River is a very sheltered anchorage with a well marked entrance channel. Unfortunately it is cluttered with many moorings, including old chains lying on the bottom with no buoys attached. The indicative anchoring position is in an area which avoids the worst of the mooring clutter.
The holding is very good in sand, but there is a strong tidal flow which leads to interesting wind against tide effects. Boats frequently point in unexpected directions, and also occasionally find the anchor rode wrapped around the keel. Despite these problems it remains a very worthwhile anchorage, especially when a strong wind is forecast.
The main wharf was built for commercial vessels, is high and has no ladders. A lower extension to the north is used by local commercial boats, and advice should be sought from the local VMR on Channel 21 before using this. There is a boat ramp immediately to the south of the wharf which is suitable for use by tender. Some facilities are located near the ramp and the general store is on the road along the foreshore towards Ballast Head.
Pelican Lagoon, to the south of the anchorage, is an aquatic reserve and access by any vessel is prohibited.