I haven't done this tour, but I got the brochure on it at the Fisherman's Museum.
Begin in the town of Reedville, where many of the stately homes built by menhaden steamer captains stand watch along Main Street.
Heading out of town, you periodically catch a glimpse of the Bay through the fields, and, due to the proximity of Smith Point Light, might see a ship passing close by as it heads from Baltimore to the Virginia Capes, at the mouth of the Bay. Now you are heading to the village of Fleeton. During the summer months you will better appreciate the heavy scent in the air if you have visited the Fisherman’s Museum (some have called it the smell of money). Once to Fleeton make a U turn and retrace your path, turning right at 644. Continue until lands end, where you will encounter the Sunnybank ferry, one of two free ferries operated by VDOT on the Northern Neck.
Be advised, however, the ferry does not operate on Sundays. Once across, follow the highlighted map through the fields and forests as you skirt the Little Wicomico River on you way back to Reedville.
Equipment: The Fisherman's Museum has bicycles if you don't have your own.
The marina says they have water depth to 14 feet, seasonal and transient slips, 30/50 amp service, fuel (gas and diesel), pump-out, ship's store and showers.
The marina does NOT usually answer the radio. You will have to phone. There is no one there unless the restaurant is open - that is from mid-May to mid-October and Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 am to 9 pm. Closed Monday.
Equipment: Rates were $1/ft and $3.00 for electric in 2004 - the rates had gone up in 2007
The water around Reedville is spectacular. The Chesapeake is incredible. Rock Hole Creek is beautiful. Cockrell's Creek is breathtaking. Every inch of tributary is to behold. Until you have to breathe. So if you are an alien and don't require oxygen, Reedville is for you. I am not kidding. I have been around rotting dead humans. Have worked in a herring factory in Alaska. Have shoveled my share of siht. Nothing compares to the rotten stench of this otherwise lovely community. So, the solution: SCUBA DIVING.
Equipment: A snorkel is not sufficient.
We have not been to this marina, but we see the sign advertising it when we come in the creek
There is a full time mechanic on duty for repairs, and they do wash and wax services as well as bottom paint services. All 50 slips are deep water (6'MLW) and there are dry storage both inside and out for up to 100 boats inside and 40 outside on the racks. Fork lift services are available to all dry storage boats between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm seven days a week. There are also transient slips available to travelers on an as needed basis.
Rates, effective January 1, 1999.
In water slips $60/month
Boatel Inside storage $3.00 /foot / month
Boatel Outside storage $2.50 /foot /month
Transient Slips $.50 per foot per night
Bottom Paint $10/foot
Wash and Wax Hourly fees apply
Other services include the following:
* Full bath houses for both men and women
* Gas and Diesel
* Picnic tables and BBQ grilles for family outings
* Sanitary Pump Out
Charter boats for day trips are available here on the premises by reservation
It doesn't however have a restaurant on the premises or nearby.
Equipment: I understand free overnight dockage is available if you take the ferry from Buzzard's Point to Tangier.
There are several anchorages on either side of Cockrell Creek. You can anchor here, or farther up by the museum.
You can also anchor in Mill Creek (for a picture see the "Off the Beaten Path Tip") which is on the other side of the Great Wicomico
Pick your anchorage according to wind direction. You want the menhaden plant smoke to be blowing away from you. Otherwise it will smell quite fishy
We saw Sharon's Song manuever single handed in to the gas dock and get fuel without any fuss or bother. The sign says that the captain is Woody Robertson and the boat is George Butler built
In January 2002, the overall winner of the CCA Rockfish Tournament was Bud Dowden from Reedville, fishing aboard "Sharon's Song" with Captain Woody Robertson. His huge 48.65. pound rockfish earned him a prize of $6,600.