The Best Boat Anchors for Mud


Whatever the size of your boat, there's going to be times when you have to anchor on a muddy bottom. In some cases, the hardened bottom of the lake or river might be several feet below the topmost layer of mud or silt. In these cases, it's important to choose a boat anchor which will hold on rocky bottoms and muddy bottoms. A good anchor is useful in a variety of situations. That makes it unnecessary to carry more than one anchor on board your boat.

Airhead Kwik Tek Folding Anchor

  • The Airhead Kwik Tek Folding anchor is a lightweight, 3.5-pound folding anchor, which is useful for muddy bottoms and rock. Designed to be easily stowed, the Airhead anchor can be used with boats, personal watercraft and canoes. It includes a padded nylon storage case, and stows easily under boat seats or in personal watercraft storage compartments. The padded bag helps eliminate rattling of the anchor while it is not in use. The Airhead anchor is usable for small boats and sailboats less than 20 feet in length.

Danforth Deepset II Anchor

  • The Danforth Deepset II anchor is available in sizes, ranging from five pounds to 103 pounds for boats as long as 80 feet. The Danforth Deepset II features a flat folding design that deploys when striking bottom, and holds well in mud and rock bottoms. The Deepset II features a shank strength of 200,000 pounds per square inch, so you can be sure that the shearing force of water movement won't break your anchor away from its chain. Deepset anchors are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

Lewmar Claw Anchor

  • The simple design of Lewmar Claw anchors is derived from the design specifications of anchors used to secure off-shore oil rigs in place. Claw anchors are non-folding anchors, and so require more storage room than other types of anchors. But they provide excellent holding power in a variety of conditions, including muddy bottoms. Claw anchors are available in either galvanized or stainless steel construction, and are available in sizes ranging from 22 pounds to 176 pounds.

Forfjord Safety Anchor

  • The most relied-upon anchor among fishing fleets in the U.S. Northwest is the Forfjord safety anchor. This flat, collapsible anchor is available in a variety of sizes, and is ideal for soft, muddy bottoms, such as those you might find in rivers and lakes. This anchor can safely hold a boat of up to 130 feet, while being half the weight of competing anchors. Forfjord anchors is a supplier for the United States Coast Guard.

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