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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 conglamoration 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 .
As you enter the south end of Picton Bay you will find a anchorage on the west shore as the bay widens slightly just before you reach the Prince Edward Yacht Club located at the foot of a steep hill. The Yacht club is often frequented by beautiful cruising vessels from recipocrating clubs as this Choy Lee 32.
Further in the harbour you will find two more marinas on the east shore.You will find a snack bar tackle shop and even a minature golf course on at the SE tip if the bay close to downtown Picton.
To the north of Youngs Point to the west of Glen Island is Malory Bay on the east side and Picton Bay to the south. On many fair nights you can find a reasonable anchorage along the north east side of Malory Bay providing you have fairly heavy ground tackle and do not wish to spend the time to proceed into Hay Bay or Picton Harbour.
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 particulary in the north east quadrant.
This Hay Bay photograph was taken from Shermans point looking to the SW.
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.
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.
Blakewood Lodge Dockage, ramp, picnic area, dining, pay phone, drinking water, ice, and some groceries ; monitors VHF 68.
Grassy Point and Green Point mark the NW entrance to Mohawk Bay, and the Napanee River. Grassy Point is more sparsely wooded and lower lying than it's neighbor In order to avoid the numerous under water obstruction, caused by the abandonment of log boom, sometime in the past, small craft should keep to the east of a line joining the two points of the cove.
North of Green Point the Bay of Quinte ends, widening out intoMohawk Bay, which is relatively shallow.
Extending from Grassy Island is a sandy spit,which almost joins the low lying, wooded Foresters Island. This spit at times is over grown with rushes, but with local knowledge, one can steer a course between the island and Grassy Point.
Prince Edward Yacht Club,
R.R. #2 Picton Bay,Long Reach, Hay Bay
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