Along with Samsing Cove there is another good anchorage choice across Eastern Channel from Sitka. Sandy Cove provides plenty of room, good holding and a great view of the surrounding mountains. While not quite as well sheltered from winds as Samsing this cove does allow a comfortable overnight anchor under all but the worst conditions. Take your pick, the two coves are only a mile and a half apart.
The entry is flanked by shallow breaking reefs but the channel is comfortably wide and deep, just stay in the center as marked on the official chart. We have anchored in the western bight at the nine fathom mark on the chart. The holding was excellent after a proper set.
Sandy Cove and Samsing Cove both provide easy access to fishing along the southeast side of Sitka Sound and options when the weather blows off the open Pacific into the sound.