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    • Georgia Anchorage Directory

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      Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of Georgia anchorages, arranged in a rough, north to south, geographic format. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of GA Anchorages to those in a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “Georgia.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “GA Anchorages.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear. The first selection is “All Georgia Anchorages,” which is where you are now. Below this selection, however, you will find listed 4 Georgia geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of GA anchorages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

    • St. Augustine Creek Anchorage

      St. Augustine Creek Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 578
      Lat/Lon: near 32 03.699 North/080 59.113 West
      Location: on the waters of St. Augusine Creek, southeast of this stream’s first crook-like turn to the east, ‘“ St. Augustine Creek departs the ICW south of unlighted daybeacon #8
      Minimum Depth: 18-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 36 feet, assuming the gambling ship can clear your position (see below)
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good except in particularly strong southeast winds
      Special Note: a large gambling ship pays regular visits to St. Augustine Creek. The passage of this ship seriously limits swing room, and has caused us to downgrade this creek as a possible anchorage

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      Comments from Cruisers (5)

      1. Claiborne -  May 24, 2010 - 10:56 am

        I stayed near the turn on the second 17 noted on the chart with a 27′ sailboat. While looking in the creek, I passed and chatted with the Capt of the casino boat. He informed me that he would be returning around 2330 and suggested the area of the second 17 ft marking because of width. I happened to be up around 2330 and hailed the casino boat when I saw them in the creek. You can see them for a mile or so and asked if he wouldn’t mind slowing down. He slowed when he rounded the turn and was very courteous. I had no problems with this anchorage.
        Chris

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      2. Martha Crafton -  November 28, 2009 - 6:29 pm

        Earlier today we decided to use this anchorage; but had failed to check out the above comments. Needless to say, when the SunCruz vessel, returning from sea, called us on the VHF to inform us that he would be using this creek to return to his dock, we were taken by surprise. He was very courteous and suggested a spot farther into the creek where it is wide and we would not be in his way. Our electronic chart (not visible on our paper chart) showed a creek up ahead on the starboard side which has 9 feet MLW. We continued on and anchored in a very pleasant spot with plenty of swing room. We are now in a very protected spot, good holding and can rest knowing the gamblers will not disturb our sleep. This only goes to show the importance of these up=to=date additions to our normal cruising guides. And with that, a good night
        Martha aboard Sandpiper

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      3. Claiborne -  September 23, 2009 - 2:08 pm

        Claiborne – re St. Augustine’s Creek – it is shown as an anchorage . . . but is NOT SAFE. There is a gambling cruise boat that comes along after dark – anchoring in the creek puts you in its way and there is insufficient room to swing. When it happened to me, I pulled the boat close to shore with a second anchor to shore until after the ship had returned, after midnight.
        It’s not safe and cannot be recommended. It’s just fortunate that the ship’s captains are aware of the problem and watch for it. Not a trip goes by that I’m in the area and don’t hear the ship calling out to someone anchored there.
        To repeat – not safe, not to be used.
        Wally
        s/v Gypsy Wind

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      4. Claiborne -  July 23, 2009 - 11:16 am

        We are a 40 ft trawler and had plenty of room here. We went in a bit farther to shallower water and where the creek seemed wider. After spending 36 hours out in the Atlantic, this anchorage was a welcomed respite!
        Captain Bobbie Blowers

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      5. Claiborne -  July 23, 2009 - 11:06 am

        Good water, but leave room for the Midnight Gambler II, who makes at least two runs a day through here. 25-30′ at low, plus up to 9′ of tide and another 5′ to the bow cleat gives depths of 39-43′. A scope of 8 for overnight tidal conditions would require a rode of 312-344′. Not the normal equipment for most boaters. You can (and should) find shallower water near the sides. Swing radii with this much rode will be a problem.
        Name Withheld By Request

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    • Herb River Anchorage

      Herb River Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 584.5
      Lat/Lon: near 32 00.776 North/081 02.174 West
      Location: lies south-southwest of the Waterway’s flashing daybeacon #37
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent, except in unusually strong westerly wind

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      Comments from Cruisers (4)

      1. Chris -  September 28, 2011 - 4:37 pm

        We anchored in the lower reaches — before any houses fronting the water. We still felt unwelcome. Passing local boats clearly didn’t like us there.

        It appears they all like to “gun it” just past the houses and we interfered with this.

        Given the Georgia tides, I would not want to encounter a wind shift at low tide on anchor.
        Chris

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      2. Larry Morrow -  March 5, 2010 - 4:20 pm

        Just dropped the in the exact location of the anchor on the above chart. It’s dead low tide and we are in 14.4 feet. Added another 9 feet to the depth to figure out how much chain to let out for the high tide. Winds are on our nose at 18K and slack current. Nice views of some pretty houses and docks. Pleanty of room where we are for about 3-4 40 foot boats with 100 ft of rode each.
        Larry Morrow

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      3. Claiborne -  October 5, 2009 - 11:28 am

        We are anchored as I write on the Herb River, Came in at high tide so had great depths. Anchored in 15 feet around the first bend to the port (west) just short of a large dock on the south side. Oodles of swing room at this point. The section you recommend in the guide where the land is closest to the water is lined with docks on the west side and was very deep (20+ feet). I am much happier with the extra swing room and a little less protection – still trees to the south but a little further away from the water. Doesn’t matter tonight – little breeze.
        Jean Thomason

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      4. Claiborne -  July 22, 2009 - 3:50 pm

        I’ve only dropped hook a couple of times in the Herb and found it to be fine. Be sure to extol the nice little restaurant – Bonna Bella – that lies just a few miles up the Herb River. (Mid tide or better for anyone worried about draft. First come, first served dock available at the restaurant. Not a large menu, but some very tasty items and a full bar. Great outdoor and indoor dining with great views of the marsh and creeks.
        Name Withheld By Request

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    • Waterway Anchorage

      Waterway Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 586
      Lat/Lon: near 32 00.482 North/081 01.116 West
      Location: found in the correctly charted deep water abutting the western banks of the Skidaway River portion of the ICW south of flashing daybeacon #40
      Minimum Depth: 10-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair to poor; wide open to southern winds

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    • Isle of Hope Anchorage

      Isle of Hope Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 590
      Lat/Lon: near 31 58.731 North/081 03.316 West
      Location: just northwest of the ICW’s unlighted daybeacon #46A
      Minimum Depth: 8 feet
      Swing Room: anchorage is often crowded, and boats larger than 40 feet my have trouble finding sufficient elbow room
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair, wide open to southwestern winds

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      1. Dick Litchfield -  May 22, 2010 - 6:36 pm

        We anchored here on Friday, 4/23/10. It’s crowded with lots of boats on private moorings and permanent locals anchoring. That didn’t leave much room for transients. We managed to slip into a tight spot just outside the channel markers. Watch your position with the reversing current. There was some tug and barge traffic.
        Lots of local traffic and noise from shore. Weekend partying, etc. Lots of friendly boaters curious about our ICW experiences and our live aboard cat.
        Nice spot, but I wouldn’t count of finding room to anchor here. Better bet is to take a slip at the marina.

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    • Vernon River Anchorages

      Vernon River Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 597
      Lat/Lon:
      31 55.995 North/081 06.949 West (anchorage west of Beaulieu)
      31 56.285 North/081 07.430 West (anchorage south of Montgomery)
      Location: on the waters of the section of Vernon River abandoned by the ICW, northwest of flashing daybeacon #70; downstream anchorage on the waters west of the charted position of Beaulieu; upstream anchorage south of the charted position of Montgomery
      Minimum Depth: 8 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair to Good; Beaulieu anchorage wide open to southern and southeastern winds; Montgomery Anchorage is better sheltered, particularly to the north, northeast and northwest

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      Comments from Cruisers (5)

      1. Randy Hondros -  April 26, 2013 - 10:49 am

        On April 18, 2013, I anchored in the area referred to as Breakfast Creek. Plenty of room and good holding bottom. It was peaceful and quiet. Will definitely stop again.
        Randy Hondros

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      2. Bob McLeran and Judy Young -  September 25, 2009 - 3:22 pm

        This is a great place to anchor! There is a deep channel on the east side of the river, and a broad area to anchor in 8 feet on the west just downstream from charted Beaulieu; after checking the area we preferred anchoring there rather than in the deeper water from Beaulieu to Montgomery. There are several shrimp boats which seem to be permanently anchored in the area, and we anchored upstream from the two shrimpers. It is a great alternative to the marinas from Isle of Hope to Thunderbolt.
        Bob McLeran and Judy Young
        MV Sanderling

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      3. Rick George -  July 22, 2009 - 12:06 pm

        After a false start due to anchor dragging, we spent a pleasant night on the Vernon River last week (9/28). Our first attempt was near Beaulieu (N31d55.99m/W081d06.92m) in calm wind and ebbing tidal current. The hook set well for the first hour or so, but then an 8mph SSE wind and the newly incoming tide started us moving upriver. We relocated around the bend, past Breakfast Creek, to Montgomery (N31d56.25m/W081d07.69m) and stayed pegged to the spot in 7 feet (at low water) to 15 feet (at high water) through three tide swings. Next day we departed about one hour after high water and passage out the Ossabaw Sound north channel was pretty much routine.
        Rick George, MV Hale Kai

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      4. Bob McLeran & Judy Young -  July 22, 2009 - 10:03 am

        Subject: Vernon River anchorage
        Cruising News: The Vernon River northbound beyond Hells Gate, north of the ICW cut off heading to Isle of Hope, is a great anchorage with room for a number of boats. The depth on the northwestern side of the river runs around eight feet at low tide. Anchor in the shallow area just beyond the two “permanent” fishing trawlers.
        Bob McLeran & Judy Young

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    • Delegal Creek Anchorage

      Delegal Creek Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 601
      Lat/Lon: 31 53.650 North/081 03.730 West
      Location: on the waters of Delegal Creek, northeast of the ICW’s flashing daybeacon #86 and north of Delegal Creek Marina
      Minimum Depth: 4 to 4 ½ foot dead low tide entrance depths
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent except in particularly strong northern winds

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    • Redbird Creek Anchorages

      Redbird Creek Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 607
      Lat/Lon:
      31 50.570 North/081 09.287 West (anchorage near creeks’ mouth)
      31 51.052 North/081 09.666 West (anchorage near turn to the northwest)
      Location: on the waters of Redbird Creek, south and west of flashing daybeacon #99
      Minimum Depth: 8 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 to 45 feet depending on the particular anchorage chosen
      Foul Weather Shelter: Very good

      Rating:    (particularly for the upstream anchorage)

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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Claiborne -  December 16, 2009 - 1:31 pm

        We are fogged in at an anchorage you described in your book, Redbird Creek, north of Florida Passage in Georgia. Great holding and depth just as you described. Nice save as we got fogged in yesterday
        afternoon just after Hell Gate.
        Captain Jane Tigar

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    • Upper Bear River and Associated Streams and Anchorages

      Upper Bear River and Associated Streams and Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 608.5
      Lat/Lon:
      31 49.073 North/081 08.539 West (anchorage near forks of Cane Patch Creek and Buckhead Creek
      31 48.992 North/081 08.160 West (downstream anchorage on Cane Patch Creek)
      31 49.323 North/081 07.383 West (upstream anchorage on Cane Patch Creek)
      31 48.455 North/081 08.429 West (anchorage on Buckhead Creek)
      Location: many anchorages available on the waters of upper Bear River, Buckhead Creek and Cane Patch Creek, east of the ICW’s unlighted nun buoy #102
      Minimum Depth: 11 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels from 34 to 50 feet depending on the particular anchorage chosen
      Foul Weather Shelter: Very good

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Claiborne -  October 2, 2009 - 2:58 pm

        Anchored on Cane Patch Creek April 10, 2009 just north of a small patch of higher ground which effectively gave protection from south wind 10-15 mph. Anchored in 20 ft at low tide – had 100 ft of road out. Lots of swing room.
        Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE)

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      2. Claiborne -  July 22, 2009 - 11:32 am

        At the Cane Patch Creek off the Buckehead River at 1 hour before Low, we found the center line depths to be at least 4 feet less than charted (still 12 feet, though). Starting with the charted 35 foot
        spot at the first “jog” depths ran truer to the chart.
        We anchored 2 hours before being blasted by a blue-green squalll with 52 knot winds from the west with the average wind in the high 30s for about 20 mins. We didn’t budge. (All chain, 50# Delta, 11+ ton sailboat.). We’d call this a hurricane hole — at least for winds. It’s too close to the coast and would be a storm surge sluice.
        CHRIS WALN
        S/V Briliant Star

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    • Unnamed Creek Anchorage

      Unnamed Creek Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 612
      Lat/Lon: 31 47.874 North/081 10.377 West
      Location: on the waters of the charted but unnamed creek, north of flashing daybeacon #105
      Minimum Depth: 9-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 36 feet ‘“ reviewed on pages
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good, except open to northern winds

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      1. Capt Bill, s/v Kittiwake -  November 6, 2009 - 4:55 pm

        A nice anchorage, certainly could be alot of bugs with right weather. Saw it listed as Birthday creek somewhere, though not on a chart.

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    • Big Tom Creek Anchorages

      Big Tom Creek Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 612.5
      Lat/Lon:
      31 46.632 North/081 09.251 West (downstream anchorge)
      31 46.493 North/081 08.772 West (upstream anchorage)
      Location: Big Tom Creek cuts the eastern banks of the ICW, south of flashing daybeacon #105A
      Minimum Depth: 9-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter:
      Good on downstream anchorage, but open to western and northwesterly winds
      Good on upstream anchorage, but open to northeasterly winds

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      Comments from Cruisers (8)

      1. Charlie Ridley -  May 18, 2016 - 5:43 pm

        5-14-16 Anchoered in Big Tom Creek about ½ mile in from MM613, Wide chanel and easy in and out of creek. Anchor set first try. Decent Verizon. Beautiful ssunset!! will stop here again. Charlie and Jackie on Traveler.

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      2. Don Bruce -  June 3, 2014 - 11:24 am

        Anchor here whenever I get the chance on my trips up and down the ICW. The hook sets first time, every time. Plenty of swing room. Bugs in the evening some times but sometimes no. The dalphins swim round the boat and you can hear them till late at night. I put the hook down exactly where it shows on the chart above.

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      3. Buzz Savage -  May 26, 2012 - 4:22 pm

        We anchored in the Wahoo River south of St. Catherine’s Sound just off the AICW last February and heard the same monster sounds. My wife got no sleep that night!
        Buzz Savage

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      4. Bob McLeran -  May 26, 2012 - 4:22 pm

        We hear those rumbling sounds all around during mating season here in Florida – mostly April and May. It would be unnerving if you’d never heard it before and didn’t know! The big guys can really belt out a roar!
        Bob McLeran

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      5. Wally Moran -  May 26, 2012 - 4:21 pm

        oh my….glad I’ve got an aluminum dinghy, not an inflatable…
        Wally Moran

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      6. max miller -  April 13, 2012 - 9:34 pm

        We anchored here on 4/8/2012. We dropped right over the 9 ft mark on the chart and the hook grabbed quickly. The charted depths are acurate. Deep side to side. Unnerving ‘monster sounds’ from shore in the middle of the night (cows snoring, I presume).

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      7. Will -  April 12, 2012 - 10:13 am

        April is alligator mating season….noises you heard were gators bellowing!
        Will

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      8. Claiborne -  October 2, 2009 - 3:02 pm

        We are anchored on Big Tom Creek off the Bear River, just around the first turn to the northeast in 15 ft of water just past low tide. Plenty of swing room and nice views of Ossabaw Island. Aside from an occasional small powerboat, the only sounds are the birds and the dolphins in the creek.
        Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE)

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    • Lincoln Creek Anchorage

      Lincoln Creek Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 614
      Lat/Lon: near 31 46.568 North/081 11.776 West
      Location: on the waters of Lincoln Creek, cutting south from Kilkenny Creek
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 36 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Poor to Fair

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    • Walburg Creek Anchorage

      Walburg Creek Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 619
      Lat/Lon: near 31 40.060 North/081 09.714 West
      Location: on the wide waters of Walburg Creek, west of St. Catherines Island, just north of the charted sharp turn to the west
      Minimum Depth: 12-feet, but the deeper northern entrance requires bypassing several unmarked shoals, while the creek’s southern entrance from the Waterway is shallow
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Very Good for all but northern and northeasterly winds

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      Comments from Cruisers (11)

      1. Gabe -  May 27, 2018 - 3:07 pm

        We were just here this morning. Entered and excited from st cats sound. Tons of water, easy in and out. Just give the green can a wide berth. It was a great anchorage with sandy mud at about 20 feet deep. Only complaint was there were 5+other boats overnight and over 50 boats on the nearby beach during the day.

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      2. Sharon and Ken Vogel -  July 18, 2013 - 1:25 pm

        Walburg Creek is a nice place to anchor between Brunswick and Thunderbolt. We found good holding and plenty of swing room. The only caveat is that it can be a rough ride in heavy wind when the tide and wind are at odds with each other.
        Sharon and Ken Vogel
        M/V Docker’s Inn

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      3. Peg and Jim Healy -  April 25, 2013 - 9:04 am

        Claiborne,
        Sanctuary and crew spent the night at Walberg Creek on 4/23/2013. We entered from the south. A very helpful find was that the south entrance, although an unmarked channel, does have a dredged channel that carries better than 12′. Northbound, draw a rhumb line from Red ICW marker “124A” to the 19′ sounding inside the charted shoal path at the mouth of the south entrance of Walberg Creek. That line will carry across a shoal sounding of 3.9′. It re-joins the dashed magenta line of the alternate ICW at that 19′ sounding. We followed that path and found 12′ or better on that rhumb line.
        The anchorage is excellent. Choose a place that protects you from prevailing winds. Some anchorage areas are shallow (7′ – 9′ at low tide), and some are deep (30′ at high tide). But, the creek is wide, there is little local boating traffic, Verizon WWAN is reliable, if slow, and there is plenty of swing room for 150′ of chain. The place is quiet, beautiful and remote. Magnificent!
        Jim
        Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

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      4. s/v Skye -  April 24, 2013 - 8:49 am

        Spent night of 4/16/13. Chicken to enter from the south and entered from 14′ depth across the middle ground. Anchored at 16′ depth in calm weather. Loved this anchorage, gave it 4 stars.
        s/v Skye

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      5. kurt kuykendall -  January 3, 2012 - 9:38 pm

        Dear Claiborne,
        We departed Shelter Cove Marina, Broad Creek (MM 560)Hilton Head SC around 9am 12/28/11. The wind was really blowing so we decided to stay inside. It was sunny and pleasant making the days cruise very enjoyable. Around 4:30pm We crossed St Catherines Sound (MM 620) southbound into Walburg Creek. We dropped the hook about a mile down in 20 feet of water. In minutes I was sitting on the foredeck of our Silverton 37 with a strong cold drink, smoking a cigar absorbing the last minutes of a huge golden sunset.

        After a quiet night we were underway and heading out St Catherines Sound inlet into the Atlantic southbound for St Simons Inlet. Conditions were perfect as the wind was light with waves 1 ft.

        This anchorage is perfectly located in both distance from Hilton Head and St Simons Island and access to the Atlantic.

        Walburg Creek is a magic place!

        Best,
        Kurt Kuykendall
        M/V Jus Relaxin
        Silverton 37 Conv

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      6. Ron & Audrey -  September 23, 2009 - 2:22 pm

        We anchored there late Nov. 2008 and liked it so well that we dropped anchor again on the way north in May 2009, Both times we entered from the northern entrance.
        We found it to be peaceful and uncrowded, plenty of swing room and good holding.
        It was so quiet we could hear the dolphins breathing as they swam by.
        We woulkd give this a 4 anchor rating
        Ron & Audrey
        Lucky Girl

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      7. Jim Ague -  July 23, 2009 - 11:19 am

        We’ve anchored in Walburg Creek off of St Catherines Island. Nice little spot. I’d recommend it for solitude and holding. The island has a lot of history as does the other SC and GA barrier islands (Cumberland, Dafuskie, …) Do a Google search. Mostly abandoned, but still a little activity on the island.
        Either the west entrance or north entrance is easily doable, although the west entry is more puckering wondering where that shallow spot is. We wondered hard, but never found it.
        Jim Ague

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      8. Captain Bobbie Blowers -  July 23, 2009 - 11:14 am

        Another of our favorite anchorages and….with a great “dog beach” as well – at least at mid to low tide! Go in about a mile for best water depth (Shallower=less rode) and enjoy the dinghy ride to the point by the ocean inlet. Beach reminds me of a movie set. Even those with the need for doggie duty should go experience it!
        Captain Bobbie Blowers

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      9. Malcolm Farrel -  July 22, 2009 - 12:14 pm

        Anchored there Memorial Day night. Lots of folks on the beach at the St. Catherine Sound side, but they were gone by 1800. Entered via the southern cut. Took a straight line from near the #124 marker to the south side of the island (north side of the entrance channel), then stayed about 150 feet off the island. Never saw less than about 7 feet, which means there is probably about 6 feet at low tide. Tide was up about a foot and flooding. We essentially stayed on the outside of all the channel curves the rest of the way around the island to the north anchorage, plenty of water. Several 35 ft and above boats were anchored there for the night. Lots of room at the Northern end, but would not want to be there with northerly blow. A side note. We went out St. Chatherines Sound the next morning, near low tide. The charted depths are generous. The channel has filled in particularly at the far eastern end. 50’+ sail bounced near us on the way out. We saw depths of 7 to 8 feet. Tide was near low and there was an incoming 2 to 3 ft swell. Not a good inlet in the best of weather! Would not run that inlet again unless tide was making and at least half way up.
        Malcolm Farrel

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      10. George and Ann -  July 22, 2009 - 11:56 am

        We’ve been anchored in beautiful Walburg Creek, GA the last few days, enjoying a wonderful full Thanksgiving dinner; one of those times we really appreciate our energy inefficient galley with full sized kitchen appliances. Gorgeous crisp fall weather enabled fun dinghy exploration. Took the outside route here from Thunderbolt via Wassaw and St. Catherine’s Sounds. This a quick and pretty passage we tried for the first time in the spring on the way up. Highly recommended as a change of pace, the islands are very pretty too.
        George and Ann

        We also anchored in Walburg Creek in the Spring of 08. What a beautifulplace. Your post brought back a vivid memory of beautiful marshland and fast moving currents. Just set the hook and watch your speed over water
        register about 3kts.
        Wayne

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      11. Michael Porter -  July 22, 2009 - 11:41 am

        Dear Claiborne,
        Your concerns notwithstanding, we ran outside from Savannah and went into St. Catherines inlet with the intention of spending the night anchored in Walburg Creek, which we did. My chart is dated 2004, and I just couldn’t believe that the charted depths could have shoaled to where we could not get in with 5′ draft in 4 years.
        The only place where the buoyage is different from what my chart shows is the location of the FlR “2” buoy at the entrance to the channel over the bar. The buoy has been moved to the (approximate) location shown by my waypoint on the StCathEnt.jpg file. My arriving track shows how I adjusted to the edge of the shoal. I carried 12′ over the bar at dead low tide.
        In addition, the Middle Ground shoal off the north end of Walburg Creek has grown out to the east, and the shoal off the north end of St Catherines island has grown — both as shown in Walburg.jpg. We didn’t hit bottom on our arriving track, but we did see some 7′ depths, again at low-ish tide.
        We also came in through Ponce de Leon Inlet and by reading the markers, the water, and watching other boats we had no problems.
        Our best for the holidays, and thank you for your work with the sitge and guides.
        Michael Porter
        M/V Barbara

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    • Cattle Pen Creek Anchorage

      Cattle Pen Creek Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 625.5
      Lat/Lon: near 31 38.581 North/081 11.040 West
      Location: this creek cuts into the eastern banks of the Waterway’s Johnson Creek stretch between unlighted daybeacons #127 and #128
      Minimum Depth: 6 ½ feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 32 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Poor to Fair; open to southwestern and northeasterly wind

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      1. William Spouse -  November 4, 2011 - 2:36 pm

        Cruising News:
        2/Nov/11 Arriving at high tide in our 42ft sailboat, draft 5’6″, and taking note of previous information on shoaling, we turned into the Creek taking a centre line between the banks and proceeded down the centre of the creek approx 3/4 of a mile until waters started to shallow quickly to 7ft but up to that time we did not see less than 13ft on the depth sounder.
        We retraced our track and set anchor about a 1/2 mile above the entrance where we recorded 7ft at low water that night.
        3/Nov/11 Departing this morning at 1 hour before low tide we followed the south bank out – we registered good depths between 11-20ft. The creek is narrow and is best in a NE but where we anchored was adequate swinging room for us even at 42ft long. Excellent holding in good, thick mud.
        William Spouse

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      2. Claiborne -  July 22, 2009 - 11:32 am

        At the entrance to Cattle Pen Creek, the shoal to the north seems have made out toward the channel. The USACE line on C-Map ran us through 7.7 foot (4.4 MLLW) water at half tide falling. A turn to port (northbound) found deeper water.
        CHRIS WALN
        S/V Briliant Star

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    • Wahoo River Anchorage

      Wahoo River Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 630
      Lat/Lon: near 31 36.083 North/081 12.755 West
      Location: located on the waters of Wahoo River, immediately east of charted Wahoo Island, ‘“ Wahoo River flows into the the ICW section of South Newport River well west of unlighted daybeacon #133
      Minimum Depth: 10-feet, but use of a GPS chartplotter is strongly recommended to facilitate safe entry into Wahoo River
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 42 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent in all but strong western and southwestern winds

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      1. Dick Litchfield -  May 24, 2010 - 11:54 am

        We spent a quiet night here on 12/03/09. Watch the shoaling at the entrance, especially the north side. We went up stream to find shelter from the wind. Recommend going upstream for protection and to avoid the swift current near the rivers mouth.. Holding appeared great and our danforth held giving us a peaceful night.

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      2. Claiborne -  March 12, 2010 - 1:37 pm

        Spent a very quiet night here yesterday. We anchored in 17 feet at MLW with only a slight current and almost no wind. The anchor grabbed at once and set great. Very peaceful as has been the previous 3 times we’ve stayed here. This is a great protected spot for anything coming from the North or East.
        Larry Morrow

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      3. Claiborne -  September 25, 2009 - 3:27 pm

        We anchored in the Wahoo River in June 2009. Great spot to anchor just south of Wahoo Island in about 18 feet of water with some wind protection from the north; no wind protection from any other direction. We did not anchor to the east of Wahoo Island; no particular reason other than getting the island to the north of us for wind protection from that quadrant rather than hanging out further east/southeast with no wind protection from any direction.
        Bob McLeran and Judy Young
        MV Sanderling

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      4. Denny DeRanek -  September 3, 2009 - 10:12 am

        We also found Wahoo river to be a very good anchorage. WHile we were there a major squall came roaring through. We saw 30 knts of wind and the winds were clocking. But through the entire night the holding was EXCELLENT

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      5. Claiborne -  July 22, 2009 - 11:58 am

        Subject: Georgia and south to Florida
        Cruising News: Hello Claiborne;
        We just returnied to Fort Lauderdale having stayed in Thunderbolt until our November 1 insurance date. We never saw less than 8 feet anywhere on theway through Georgia.We rae a slow boat and your uides make great reading while watching the boat go along.Here\’s a small update:Following your advice we anchored up Wahoo Creek and found it to be as advertised being as you promised beautiful, idyllic and possessing tangible isolation. This may not last long, however, for WAhoo Island has been wired for electrical service and the boxes can be seen in clearings just a couple hundred yards from where you show an anchor on page 420 of the sixth edition. It’s time to visit this lovely anchorage before the McMansions go up.
        Best regards,
        Fred SorensenOA 43
        “PENGUIN”

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    • Crescent River Anchorage

      Crescent River Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 643
      Lat/Lon: near 31 30.367 North/081 20.267 West
      Location: lies well northwest and north of the ICW’s flashing daybeacon #157
      Minimum Depth: 11-feet, but use of a GPS chartplotter is recommended to avoid an unmarked shoal on Crescent River
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Very Good from all but strong northwestern and southeastern winds

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    • New Teakettle Creek Anchorages

      New Teakettle Creek Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 647
      Lat/Lon: 31 26.921 North/081 18.226 West (anchorage near stream’s southern mouth)
      31 27.530 North/081 18.213 West (upstream anchorage north of intersection with Mary Creek
      Location: New Teakettle Creek cuts to the north, east and north of the Waterway’s unlighted daybeacon #172
      Minimum Depth: 20 feet (downstream anchorage), 8 feet (upstream anchorage)
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 42 feet in downstream anchorage and up to 40 feet in upstream anchorage, north of intersection with Mary Creek
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good, but downstream anchorage open to southern winds, and upstream anchorage open to strong northeasterly blows

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      1. Harry Burns -  April 25, 2013 - 3:27 pm

        Claiborne,
        In response to your request for NE Fl/GA wish list here is New Teakeattle Creek:
        We anchored in New Teakeattle Creek on April 5, 2013 for our fourth vist as we were heading home to VA from Marathon on our 37′ sailing vessel. We typically anchor near the charted “13 foot'” mark, but have been further in or closer to the waterway when other boats are anchored. We find the depths to be effectively as charted, we anchor in the middle and use 75′ of chain in the water. We have been here with two other boats with lots of room. Expect to swing 180 degrees with the significant current. We have been here with a good 25 knots blowing steady and gusts to more. We slept well. A favorite spot.
        Harry Burns
        S/V Two for the Roads

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      2. James Forsyth -  November 16, 2009 - 3:04 pm

        We anchored in New Teakettle last night, Nov 15, and got in just at sunset and near high tide. There were about 6 boats already there, and lots of room left over. We anchored in about 20′ at high water, and found the holding to be excellent. Not only that, but that chain and anchor came up clean! Lots of room to swing, and the chorus from the marsh creatures (frogs? birds?) was like nothing we’ve ever heard before, and this is our 6th or 7th trip on the ICW
        James Forsyth
        S/V Solution

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      3. Capt Bill, s/v Kittiwake -  November 6, 2009 - 4:58 pm

        An anchorage I had always meant to try, but had never fit into my travel day. Planned it out, anchored up past Mary Creek about 0.5 mi, a little bit to port of the charted deep water, and had good anchorage, with 10-15 kts out of the NE.

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      4. Doug & Charlotte Kerr -  July 22, 2009 - 12:01 pm

        Brunswick Landing Marina is nice and lots of cruisers here….book store and restaurants in town good.
        Doug & Charlotte Kerr
        Annapolis, MD
        s/v Abbotsford II

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    • Duplin River Anchorage

      Duplin River Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 649
      Lat/Lon: 31 25.961 North/081 17.632 West
      Location: Duplin River cuts north from the waters of Doboy Sound, northeast of the ICW’s flashing daybeacon #178
      Minimum Depth: 12 feet, but a GPS chartplotter would be most useful is successfully bypassing several unmarked shoals flanking Duplin River’s southern mouth
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 48 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good, except open to strong southern and northern winds

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      1. Claiborne -  October 2, 2009 - 10:44 pm

        I don’t have the benefit of having your new SC/GA Guide but if you haven’t included it already, you might share some information about visiting Sapelo Island. In order to visit, one must have a legitimate reason such as going on a tour, knowing someone on the island, being a guest of the Marine Institute etc. There are regularly scheduled tours through the Sapelo Island Visitors Center (tel: 912-437-3224) but they are only once or twice a week and one must take the ferry to get to the island ($10 for the ferry- don’t know if there’s a charge for the tour). However, the Visitor’s Center will provide names and numbers for some local guides who for fees ranging from $15 to $50 per person, will meet boaters at Marsh Landing and take them on a tour. Big boats can’t be brought to the dock, but it is OK to tie up a dinghy there and anchor the big boat in the Duplin River. We have arranged for a tour tomorrow for $25 per person (a reasonable fee for a three hour or so tour and it gives work to local residents) and will let you know how it goes. The ferry schedule can be found on line at http://www.sapeloislandgeorgia.org/ferry.html . It leaves from Meridian near the visitor’s center.
        There is lots of other information on line about what to see; just google Sapelo Island, GA.
        We have anchored on the Duplin River before, usually next to the higher ground of Little Sapelo Island but this time we are just north of the ferry dock. There is little breeze and lots of no-see-ums!
        That’s it for today. Coming up is the Little Mud River so I’ll give you an update on that later (we won’t do that at low tide- been there, done that!
        Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE)

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      2. Claiborne -  July 22, 2009 - 11:48 am

        Hi, Claiborne.
        We just anchored in Duplin Creek, GA, between a landing and power lines. There’s an old dilapidated gazebo looking thing but to its left is a house that looks like it came out of To Kill a Mockingbird…and we’re pretty much in front of it. Do you know anything about it—if it’s abandoned (looks like it oughta be)…or what. Looks pretty scary to me! Doors’ll be locked tonite. Just curious about it and knew if anyone knew, t’would be you!
        Thanks,
        Laura Bender

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    • Folly River Anchorage

      Folly River Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 649
      Lat/Lon: near 31 25.599 North/081 20.109 West
      Location: Folly River cuts off from Doboy Sound’s southwestern banks well west-northwest of the ICW’s flashing daybeacon #175
      Minimum Depth: 10-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 42 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair; wide open to northeasterly winds

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    • Dark Creek Anchorage

      Dark Creek Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 649
      Lat/Lon: near 31 27.059 North/081 20.124 West
      Location: off the northwesterly reaches of Doboy Sound, on the waters of Dark Creek
      Minimum Depth: 9-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good from all but strong southwesterly winds

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