Several small-craft facilities are at Galesville and close-by. A yacht club is on the east side of the river at Avalon Shores opposite Galesville.
The West River 8.5 miles above Holland Point, empties into the west side of Chesapeake Bay north of Curtis Point (38°51.1’N., 76°29.9’W.). A marked fish trap area is off the entrance. The river has depths of 14 to 7 feet for about 4 miles, then shoals gradually to less than 3 feet in the tributaries. The river channel approach is marked by lighted buoys, and by lights and daybeacons to Galesville on the west side of the river 2.5 miles above the entrance light.