If on the river, 90 % of the time I anchor the bow facing out and tie the ass end to the bank. This always for easy acces to ladder and swim platform in about waste deep water.... and the boat will take any waves head on that way.
If no bank, use anchor alarm, and drift around.
I have 100 foot rope, 15 foot chain, and a big dan forth anchor.
this was a small raft up and everyone was just tied up, I was the only anchored boat. in a bout 3 mph current. there were a few more ski boats on the right out of the picture.