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Broad Creek Anchorage

Broad Creek Anchorage (off North River)
Statute Mile: 61
Lat/Lon: near 36 12.158 North/075 57.729 West
Location: Broad Creek cuts into North River’s western shoreline opposite flashing daybeacon #164
Depth: 5 1/2-feet, but correct identification of this anchorage can be difficult
Navigation Detail: Click Here For Navigational Detail of this Anchorage
Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent


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Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (6)

  1. Arnold -  May 15, 2013 - 10:01 am

    Broad Creek on the Coinjock Route (Mile 61) is normally a well protected creek and good fishing. But last September I was headed for the entrance when I saw coming right towards me a nasty black thing. About a mile from the creek opening it turned into what appeared to be a 25 ft high white wave heading stright for my bow at some 70 mph! (And I’m not kidding ‘cos it was on the news)
    It turned out it was more a rolling mixture of water and air rather than a solid wave – but it grabbed Pisces – a heavy 45,000 lb steel boat – and turned me round twice as if I were a paper boat on a pond. Then 20 minutes of hell being driven back (at maximum RPM) by the horizontal wind and rain. My poor cat Addie was flattened out frantically grasping a ventilator – I had to release the wheel, get on the foredeck, grab him, and literally throw him down below!
    I lost a hatch and a few other things yet in a way I was very lucky. I have no doubt that had I been moored in the creek a half hour or so sooner – I would have been blown ashore before I could even start the engine……
    God takes care of drunks, sailors, and cats. :-)

  2. John Stevenson -  February 6, 2011 - 6:31 pm

    This is a great anchorage (outside – wx permitting) for this segment of the AICW. When heading south in the fall I am usually trying to get to warm. When heading north I’m motivated to get to the Chesapeake Bay. So I’m not looking to do any touring of the local area. In the fall it is possible to reach this anchorage from Norfolk in the available daylight (although just barely). Then it is also possible to reach the anchorage in the head waters of the Pungo River at the end of the Alligator-Pungo Canal. Similar transits are possible in the spring heading north. Of course, when heading south, if the winds are fresh out of the south I would prefer to wait for favorable conditions in Coinjock than in this anchorage before crossing the Albemarle.

    John – SV Sarah

  3. Captain Donnie Young -  October 18, 2010 - 3:07 pm

    Our next stop was Broad Creek just north of Albemarle Sound. A lot of crab pots in the creek, but good holding and a quiet night.
    Captain Donnie Young aboard Cloud IX

  4. Norman Mason -  August 30, 2010 - 10:17 pm

    Anchored near the “9”, just above the anchor symbol on the chartlet, on a friend’s 49 DeFever, 4.8 ft. draft, in late July, 2010. Spectacular location, beautiful, very protected, no problems holding at all with a 66# Bruce. Don’t miss this beautiful place.
    Capt. Norman Mason aboard Peggy Sue, Monk 36

  5. George Hechtman -  August 5, 2009 - 5:14 pm

    We have anchored outside of the creek a few times, inside the “triangle” formed by the north-to-south soundings of 6, 9, and 8 ft, which are just west of the charted mooring. Good holding and good protection from anything with a westerly component, especially the southwest which is often prevalent here. This has become our preferred stopping point on our north-south voyages before or after Norfolk.

    George and Ann
    “Incentive” Hatteras 56MY

  6. Wayne Thomas -  July 23, 2009 - 9:58 am

    Tried to anchor, but barely enough water (5.5′ draft) and couldn’t set 88# Delta so anchored outside of creek.
    Wayne Thomas


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