There are many small-craft facilities in Back Creek, Mill Creek, and along the northern side of Solomons Island. Lifts to 50 tons, a synchro-lift and a marine railway are available for complete repairs. Complete hull and machinery services, gasoline, diesel fuel, and pump-out station services are available.
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Solomons Island, Mile 1.8N, Patuxent River, is joined to the mainland on the northwest by a causeway. The shoal that extends 500 yards southward from Sandy Point, at the south end of the island, is marked at its outer end by a light. Solomons, is the village on the island. The pier of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory on the east side of the island has depths of 8 feet at the outer end and is marked by a private light.
Back Creek and Mill Creek have a common entrance between Solomons Island and the mainland 200 yards to the north-northeastward. The marked main approach, between the island and the shallow middle ground to the eastward, has depths of 20 to 25 feet. The second marked approach, between the middle ground and the mainland to the northward, has depths of 12 feet.
The two creeks separate just above the entrance. Mill Creek goes eastward of a shallow spit with a small islet at the southern end, and Back Creek goes westward; the spit and the islet are marked by lights.
The Back Creek cove between the islet and the inner side of Solomons has general depths of 15 feet. Back Creek has depths of 12 feet for 0.7 mile above the cove, thence 10 to 6 feet for another 0.5 mile.
Mill Creek has depths of 16 to 12 feet for 1.2 miles, thence 10 to 4 feet for another mile. Two submerged wrecks, reported covered 9 feet, are along the east side of the channel, about 0.5 mile above the mouth. Midchannel courses will safely pass the wrecks.