Small watercraft anchors that work well for canoes and/or kayaks can be purchased inexpensively online. Many packages can be obtained for under $40 which include everything you need to use, transport, and store your new anchor.
Here are some different types of anchors for you to consider. Having a few different anchors available to you will be helpful when taking your boat to different waterways.
Grapnel Anchors: These small anchors utilize a minimum of 4 tines to grab the water bottom. Grapnel anchors are most effective on rocky bottoms and can be ineffective on bottoms comprised of sand, mud, or clay.
Mushroom Anchors: These small boat anchors are typically coated in vinyl or similar matarial to protect the anchor from corrosion or rust. Mushroom Anchors are recommended for muddy bottoms or weeds. Mushroom anchors vary in size from small 5 pound anchors to very large anchors used on large ships.
1.5 Pound Anchors
Scotty 797 Kit 1.5 Pound Folding Anchor
The Scotty 797 Anchor Kit is intended for still water use. The 1.5 Anchor features folding flukes for easy storage in the watertight floating container. The kit includes 50 feet of Anchor Line and a Nylon snap hook to attach the anchor to the boat.
3 Pound Anchors
Advanced Elements Canoe and Kayak Anchor System
Model: AE2017 - The Advance Elements Canoe and Kayak Anchor System includes everything you need to anchor your boat. Included in this package is a 3-pound collared, galvanized grapple anchor with a sliding collar that locks flukes open when deployed, 60 feet of line, a Carabineer, Line Float, and a Mesh Travel bag for easy storage and transport. The 4 fluke construction of this anchor is designed to hold all types of bottoms from rock to sand.
Danielson Mushroom Anchors are available in 8, 10, 12, and 15 pound options. The Mushroom anchors are used for lightweight boats where the wide design produces strong holding power in mud or weeds.
Scotty 276 Anchor Lock
The Scotty 276 Anchor Lock allows you to manage your anchor with one hand. Easily mount the lock onto your boat with the included Scotty 241 Side/Deck Mount.