The west end of Adolphus Reach leads into where the Bay of Quinte begins, forming a wide triangular bay to the west of Glen Island.
Picton Bay and Long Reach form the longest north to south section of the Bay of Quinte extending from Picton at the south end, to Deseronto and the Napanee River at the North. For the purpose of this section assuming that we are proceeding east to west, entering from Adolphus Reach, we will explore Picton Bay and Picton harbour to south first. Then proceed northward up Long Reach.
Glenora lies on the south east shore of the junction of these bodies of water. The ferry runs every fifteen minutes crossing Aldolphos reach. To the east of the Glenora Ferry terminal is the Fisheries offices and research vessel berths.
Passing between Glenora and Young's Point to the west, in most weather you can clearly see the very conspicuous Esroc Canada plant set atop the high cliff.
This complex includes a conglomeration of buildings, covered conveyors paths, a 345 Ft tower and quarry stretching above its considerable lakeside terminal with its 12 dolphins joined by a catwalk. This loading berth is lighted at night, and very busy with up to 100 ships per year using the facility.
Picton Bay with it's steep, well wooded shore line is the southern end of the Bay of Quinte and 2 miles west of Young's Point. Conger shoal has a depth of approximately 16 feet and lies along the western part of Picton Bay .
A favorite anchorage for visiting boats is behind Rams Island. However one must be careful not to try to pass to the north of the island when approaching the anchorage due to submerged rocks. Once you are tucked away to the east of Rams Island there is a well protected spot with little along the shoreline to announce civilization except a few farm houses at the top of the hill on the north shore.
Continuing north you enter Long Reach,and soon ,off to starboard one can see Thompson Point at the entrance to Hay Bay. At the westerly end of Picton Bay lies the Town of Picton in Prince Edward county.
Hay Bay is a large bay with an extensive shoreline it extends 9 miles NE from the southern end of Long Reach and is entered between Shermans Point and Thompson Point.
Hay Bay is noted as an anchorage for small craft, however the depth of the water varies greatly throughout the whole of the bay so continuous soundings should be taken when within the confines of the bay. There are many areas of thick weed growth in shallow areas particularly in the north east quadrant.
This Hay Bay photograph was taken from Shermans point looking to the SW.
Hay Bay is a fisherman's paradise, where one may aspect to catch pickerel, Large and small mouth bass, northern pike and if one is lucky a muskie. The shoreline has numerous smaller summer cottage areas set within the farm landscape. For the small craft visitor one may venture, with care, up one of the many rivers running into the bay and be rewarded by eating barbecued salmon for supper. At this writing (September 1,99) the pickeral have begun to bite in the shallower waters.
There are any resorts in Hay Bay offering some services to boaters visiting the area among which are:
Pickerel Park on the south shore at Hay Bay 3 miles ENE of Ram Island with water depths of 4 to 6 feet. Dockage, pump out, concrete ramp, some boat hardware, picnic area camping and pay phone, potable water, showers, laundromat, groceries, snack bar, ice gasoline, naphtha, playground and sandy beach bait and tackle.