If you have a dingy to get to shore, then there are plenty of places to anchor in PIB or the immediate area. I've anchored in front of the monument several times overnight. Also, try the areas around Middle Bass. Most are a sandy bottom. Just pick an area out of the wind
and settle in for the evening. The mooring balls are perfect if you don't have a dingy.
North side of Kelleys is good anchorage for lunch. Been in there at night, and the wind
always seems to clock around from the North. I'm sure it doesn't always, but it has every time I've anchored there. Great place to stop for lunch and a dip though.
As for the so called "special anchorage" at CP, there's nothing special about it except for on the charts
. It's a lousy place to anchor. Very confined and exposed to the wind. It's just not exposed to the fetch of the lake and bay. I wouldn't want to be there if my anchor were dragging or if the wind shifted directions. Actually, anchoring
in the bay would be more preferable. A person could easy dingy in from the bay and tie up along the wall without a care from anyone at CP. There's rarely ever anyone down at that end of the marina. And if you wanted to dock you would just pay for the length of the dingy.
What CP does discourage is coming up on the beach after you anchor out. I've had several life guards come over and tell me I couldn't wade in the surf. I have to remind them that in the state of Ohio
I can't be on the beach, but I can be in the water
because they don't own that. I don't be an a--hole about it, I try to be informative instead. It's OK that they don't this the first time. I think they're just trying to avoid any liability if something bad happens.