South River contains a recreational boating population second in size only to Annapolis. As in the Severn River, be extra cautious on summer weekends when threading your way through the many motor boats and racing yachts. For this reason, weekdays are the best time to explore the creeks along this stretch.
There are some dozen deep creeks on the South River that are easy to enter and have good anchorages. On the north side, they reach back into high, wooded banks with coves where during the week you can usually anchor in solitude. Along the lower river, you will see ospreys nesting on the tops of almost every navigation mark.
The very recognizable Thomas Point Light at the mouth of the South River is a National Historic Landmark. The current light, built in 1875, is the only screwpile light on the Bay still in its original location. Its flashing white 250-mm, solar-powered lens has an 11-mile range. Tours are available from Annapolis, May through September (800-690-5080).
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