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    • Upper North River Anchorage


      Upper North River Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 52.5
      Lat/Lon: 36 18.540 North/075 58.856 West
      Location:found on the upper reaches of the North River, abandoned by the Waterway and west of the gap between the ICW’s unlighted daybeacons #129 and #132
      Depth: 5-feet, but navigation can be difficult
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      Swing Room: Not recommended for vessels larger than 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair, wide open to easterly winds

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    • ICW Anchorage North


      ICW Anchorages North
      Statute Mile: 54
      Lat/Lon: 36 17.404 North/075 58.151 West
      Location: found along the ICW’s western and southerly flanks, west, southwest of marker #135
      Depth: 6 foot depths
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      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair to Good, except during times of strong northerly winds

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    • ICW Anchorage Center


      ICW Anchorage Center
      Statute Mile: 54
      Lat/Lon: 36 17.279 North/075 57.989 West
      Location: found along the ICW’s western and southerly flanks south of marker #137
      Depth: 5 to 6 foot depths
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      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair to Good, except during times of strong northerly winds

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    • ICW Anchorage South


      ICW Anchorage South
      Statute Mile: 54
      Lat/Lon: 36 17.172 North/075 57.818 West
      Location: found along the AICW’s western and southerly flanks, southeast of flashing daybeacon #138
      Depth: 6 foot depths
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      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair to Good, except during times of strong northerly and northeastelry winds

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    • North Buck Island Anchorage


      North Buck Island Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 56
      Lat/Lon: 36 16.015 North/075 57.355 West
      Location: found on the waters lying abutting the northern shores of Buck Island southwest of flashing daybeacon #149
      Depth: 5- to 6-feet, but watch out for crab pots and fish traps
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      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good to Excellent, except in fresh northern and northeasterly winds

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Dick Litchfield -  May 24, 2010 - 9:52 am

        We anchored on the north side on 11/8/2009 for the first time. We arrived late in the day right at sunset. Depths were pretty much as charted and holding seemed good. It was a quiet anchorage that night, but it could be less if traffic passes by in ICW. We had a good night but were fogged in for a couple of hours in the morning.

        We usually anchor a couple miles further south and east in the vicinity of Lutz Creek. You will usually find crab pots in all these anchorages.

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      2. Claiborne -  July 27, 2009 - 11:04 am

        Buck Island is on our list of favorites because we carry a crab pot and always catch some when we anchor here. We were here 9/10/06, 5/19/07, 8/31/08 and will be back soon.
        Wright and Gladys Anderson
        First & Ten

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    • South Buck Island Anchorage


      Buck Island Anchorages (Group of three)
      Statute Mile: 56
      Lat/Lon: 36 15.389 North/075 57.252 West
      Location: lies south of Buck Island and east, southeast of flashing daybeacon #155)
      Depth: 5- to 6-feet, but watch out for crab pots and fish traps
      Navigation Detail: Click Here For Navigational Detail of this Anchorage
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good, unless winds over 10 knots are blowing from the south

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    • Buck Island/Goose Pond Anchorage


      Buck Island/Goose Pond Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 56
      Lat/Lon: 36 15.662 North/075 56.822 West
      Location: lies on the southern reaches of the stream feeding from North River to shallow Goose Pond, east of Buck Island
      Depth: 5- to 6-feet, but watch out for crab pots and fish traps
      Navigation Detail: Click Here For Navigational Detail of this Anchorage
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels less than 40 feet in length
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good to Excellent, unless strong southern winds are in the offing

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    • Lutz Creek Anchorage


      Lutz Creek Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 59
      Lat/Lon: near 36 14.652 North/075 55.306 West
      Location: west of Lutz Creek’s western mouth. This stream makes into the eastern banks of North River east of flashing daybeacon #159
      Depth: 6-feet
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      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair, wide open to southwestern, western and northwester winds

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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
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      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent

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      Comments from Cruisers (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. 🙂
        Arnold

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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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