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    • Broad Creek/Pittman Creek Anchorage


      Broad Creek/Pittman Creek Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 173.5
      Lat/Lon: 35 05.929 North/076 36.125 West
      Location: Pittman Creek breaks off from the northern shores of Broad Creek, which itself lies along the Neuse River’s northwesterly banks between AICW markers #4 and #6
      Minimum Depth: 5-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 42 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent

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    • Broad Creek/Burton Creek Anchorage


      Broad Creek/Burton Creek Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 173.5
      Lat/Lon: 35 05.717 North/076 36.542 West
      Location: Burton Creek breaks off from the northern shores of Broad Creek, white itself lies along the Neuse River’s northwesterly banks between flashing daybeacons #3 and #4
      Minimum Depth: 5-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent

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      1. Dick Litchfield -  May 24, 2010 - 10:34 am

        We stopped here both south (11/16/09) and north (5/7/10) bound. On both occasions, depths seemed to be less than what we experienced in 2007/2008 and we were not able to anchor in as close to shore.
        In Nov we used a trip/marker on a danforth and found good holding. The breeze disappeared during the night and in the morning I found the boat wasn’t lying to the wind, in-fact we were 180° out from the 4 other boats in the creek. With further investigation I found the buoy was under the boat and hung between the prop an the rudder. It was a job to clear, but the anchor and marker were both retrieved.
        When we stopped in May 2010 the water levels in the anchorage again seemed more shallow than in our previous visit. We were somewhat exposed to the NE wind, but conditions were tolerable. There were two shallow draft powerboats anchored further in and later, another sailboat anchored near us.
        At dusk the wind switched directions and moved to the SW. This was not good as it moves water out of the creek and the water levels dropped even more. We had anchored in 6.5’ of water which slowly became 5’ as the evening progressed. Holding was again very good.
        Lots of crab pots and local watermen traffic early mornings and evenings. Some bugs in light air and warmer temperatures.

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    • South River/Hardy Creek Anchorage


      South River/Hardy Creek Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 178.5
      Lat/Lon: 34 57.955 North/076 35.270 West
      Location: anchorage is found on the outer section of Hardy Creek, which indents the western shores of South River, between markers #5 and #6; South River indents the southern banks of the Neuse River, 4.5 nautical miles south of the ICW’s marker #6
      Depth: 7 feet
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      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to northern and northeastern winds
      Dinghy Dock Access: dinghies can be landed on a small, sandy but rocky strip, abutting the northwestern entrance point of charted Hardy Creek. You will see a paved street, bounded by three reverse-side traffic signs
      Pet Friendly: pets can be taken ashore at dinghy access specified above

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      1. Captains Mark & Diana Doyle -  August 24, 2012 - 3:32 pm

        This is the South River anchorage closest to the ICW, so it’s a good place to stop if you don’t have time to continue up South River until the next day. Pet owners will particularly like this stop, with easy shore access at a street-end bulkhead (look for three street signs), good for an evening walk through a quiet rural residential neighborhood.
        Best and see you On the Water,
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    • South River/Lukens Anchorage


      South River/Lukens Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 178.5
      Lat/Lon: 34 57.700 North/076 34.321 West
      Location: on the waters along South River’s northeastern banks, southeast of Hardy Creek, near charted position of “Lukens”; South River indents the southern banks of the Neuse River, 4.5 nautical miles south of the ICW’s marker #6
      Depth: 9-feet
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      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 48 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent
      Dinghy Dock Access: dinghies can be landed on a small, sandy but rocky strip, abutting the northwestern entrance point of charted Hardy Creek. You will see a paved street, bounded by three reverse-side traffic signs
      Pet Friendly: pets can be taken ashore at dinghy access specified above

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      Comments from Cruisers (6)

      1. Michael J. Horowitz -  January 28, 2013 - 3:10 pm

        During our transit south this past October 2012 we pulled into South River around dusk, heading for Lukens anchorage. We noticed something swimming off our bow, a big animal. We got the glasses out and saw it was a bear. We have seen bears swimming across the ICW before-the Alligator-Pungo Canal one spot-but this bear must have swum at least a half mile from the western to eastern shore. We followed its progress to the bank, where he got on land and went his way. We anchored, had dinner, then wondered about the bear’s return-if he might want to rest on our swim platform during his crossing.
        Michael J. Horowitz
        ALTAIR

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      2. Linda Hughes -  April 17, 2011 - 11:22 am

        M/V Ruby Slipper anchored on South West Creek (maybe 6 miles up the South River. We had a BIG blow 25-30 k constant, gusts to 40 all from the SE & S. Had 150′ of chain on our 44 lb Delta out in 8′ & rode very well! Very buggy (April ) when the wind wasn’t blowing. Landed the dogs on the north shore of the creek. It had a sign that said, No Trespassing. A derelict dock & abandoned structure were there. Tied dink to “dock.” Boards missing. Be careful. Dirt roads appeared used & grass mowed nearby. We walked briefly on the roads. Saw no one, but wild turkeys. Cleaned up any dog waste & moved on. Felt bad about trespassing. But ZERO options. Brushed dogs for ticks! Check yourselves too.

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      3. Sykes DeHart -  August 30, 2010 - 9:26 pm

        For those of us who sail out of Oriental, South River is by far the most favorite anchorage.  Once you get inside the mouth, the depth is good pretty much from shore to shore and you can pick either side depending on whether or not you want bugs and no waves or no bugs and a little chop! My favorite spot is Southwest Creek which further up stream or you can just keep going up the main channel and anchor in the middle where it gets narrow.
        Capt. Sykes DeHart

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      4. Captain Ben -  May 16, 2010 - 9:43 pm

        Anchored just North of the Lukens Cemetary in about 5ft. The other writer is correct about the sticky, dense mud. I was bringing about 5 ft of chain at a time and wiping and washing it. Blech! I wish I could bring a bunch home and use for topsoil in my garden. It’s pretty rich stuff.

        Keep your deck hose handy, you’ll need it!

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      5. HB Koerner -  August 17, 2009 - 6:59 pm

        I have anchored a bit too far to the south of Eastman Creek, in 6 feet of water, when the wind changed and blew hard out of the southwest. The depth of the water here is determined by the wind direction and strength, not by tides. When the wind blows hard from the south, the water level drops in the Neuse and I found myself bumping the bottom trying to find/create a channel out the next day. Once I was back in the middle of the river I had plenty of water.

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      6. George Hechtman -  August 5, 2009 - 5:29 pm

        This is a beautiful cruising ground with many choices, including some more secluded spots further up stream from those shown. We anchored off the entrance to Eastman Creek; holding was excellent in sticky dense mud. Further up, the entrance to Southwest Creek is another good option. As the Guide says, you can pretty much pick anywhere that looks good. This has become one of our favorite places just to hang out and get away from it all.

        George and Ann
        “Incentive” Hatteras 56MY

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    • South River/Eastman Creek Anchorage


      South River – Eastman Creek Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 178.5
      Lat/Lon: 34 56.054 North/076 32.056 West
      Location: anchorage lies along the eastern shores of South River, between Big Crek and Eastman Creek; South River indents the southern banks of the Neuse River, 4.5 nautical miles south of the ICW’s marker #6
      Depth: 6 feet
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      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent – a GREAT foul weather hidey hole

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      1. Captains Mark & Diana Doyle -  August 24, 2012 - 3:30 pm

        If you like quiet, scenic, solitude, then continue up the South River (9 miles off the ICW) to Eastman Creek. It’s worth the detour—presumably the quest for a bucolic anchorage is what motivated you to explore the South River in the first place!
        Other than a prominent house at the creek entrance, it’s a pristine setting of marsh and woods. There’s no shore access, but you can splash the kayaks, dinghy explore, or toss in some fish lines.
        And Diana has an insider naturalist’s tip for you if you visit this anchorage in the early spring: Take your sundowner on deck at dusk and listen for a nasal “peent” call followed by an eery winnowing noise. Those are male American Woodcocks, aka timberdoodles, doing their “sky dance” aerial courtship displays. If you look closely you may actually spot a bird zig-zagging downward. The winnowing noise is created by the rushing air vibrating their tail feathers as the bird plummets from about 300 feet in the air. It’s one of the unique sounds and spectacles of spring—which you can view from the box seats of your cockpit or flybridge.
        Best and see you On the Water,
        Captains Mark & Diana Doyle

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    • Oriental Harbor Anchorage


      Statute Mile: 181
      Lat/Lon: near 35 01.393 North/076 41.873 West
      Location: just off the slips associated with Oriental Yacht Club which is hard by the northwesterly banks of the primary Oriental town harbor, northeast of flashing daybeacon #8
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Special Note: Oriental town dinghy dock lies just to the north of this anchorage, and is easily accessible
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 34 feet; this anchorage is often crowded
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good, except wide open to strong southern and southwestern winds

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      1. Carol Small -  November 13, 2013 - 12:34 pm

        Wednesday November 13, 2013
        There’s more space for visiting boats to anchor in Oriental’s harbor now that the French-crewed sailboat, Primadonna, has been towed to Morehead City. Primadonna has been anchored in Oriental’s harbor since it arrived last November. It was one of four such homesteading boats taking up space normally used by many cruisers on their annual treks south and north. The other three boats continue to homestead in the anchorage.
        Carol Small from TownDock.net

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      2. Dorissa -  February 3, 2011 - 3:44 pm

        Oriental has a free town dock that holds 2-3 boats. 48 hr limit per month. While visiting this town don’t forget to drop in the marine consignment store within walking distance from all anchorages and marinas here. Purchase just about anything you need for your sailing journey at a huge discount. They stock new and used items! They will also sell your unwanted nautical/marine items. So drop them off here and receive a check by mail or hold it on your account until you return next season. If you are in town and prefer a ride, call 252-249-3222; they will pick you up! Not stopping in town? Call or email them marineconsignment@embarqmail.com to see if they have what you need. This store ships too!

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      3. Claiborne -  October 20, 2009 - 10:55 am

        For some reason, none of the cruising guides we have with us mention what’s inferred on the charts: the channel through Oriental\’s harbor is close to the breakwater. While anchoring in Oriental, we tried to leave room between us and the new marina, thinking that was the fairway for the shrimpers. In fact, this is the space for anchoring (well, don’t block the marina fairways, of course), and the area near the breakwater should be left clear.
        It’s hard to comment on typical depths in the harbor as right now (19-20 Oct 2009) there\’s minor flooding in the street at the head of the harbor. Several days of north winds have driven water levels about 2′ higher than usual. Nonetheless, it looks as though anchoring towards the Oriental yacht Club is not for the deep of draft (like us!).
        Richard B. Emerson

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    • Green Creek Anchorage


      Green Creek Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 181
      Lat/Lon: near 35 01.560 North/076 42.934 West
      Location: on the waters of Greens Creek, west of Oriental harbor, 150 yards east-southeast of the point of land where Kershaw Creek splits off from Greens Creek
      Minimum Depth: 5-feet
      Special Comment: your vessel must be able to clear the Oriental 45-foot fixed bridge to reach this anchorage
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent

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    • Smith Creek Anchorage


      Statute Mile: 181
      Lat/Lon: near 35 01.697 North/076 42.153 West
      Location: on the waters of Smith Creek, west of Oriental harbor, just north of unlighted daybeacon #10
      Minimum Depth: 4 ½ feet
      Special Comment: your vessel must be able to clear the Oriental 45-foot fixed bridge to reach this anchorage
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 36 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent

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    • Lower Clubfoot Creek Anchorage (5.8 Nautical Miles off the AICW, on the Neuse River)


      Lower Clubfoot Creek Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 34 54.313 North/076 45.620 West
      Location: anchorage is located well south of Clubfoot Creek’s marker #8
      Minimum Depth: 6 1/2 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair, open to northern and southern winds

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    • Gulden Creek/Clubfoot Creek Anchorage (6 Nautical Miles off the AICW, on the Neuse River)


      Gulden Creek/Clubfoot Creek Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 34 54.137 North/076 45.481 West
      Location: Gulden Creek cuts the eastern banks of Clubfoot Creek, south of the charted location of “Bachelor;” Clubfoot Creek lies along the southern banks of Neuse River, west of the AICW/Adams Creek
      Minimum Depth: 4 1/2 feet
      Special Note: This anchorage is specifically not recommended for vessels drawing more than 3 1/2 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good, but somewhat open to northwesterly winds

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    • Upper Clubfoot Creek Anchorage (6.5 Nautical Miles off the AICW, on the Neuse River)


      Upper Clubfoot Creek Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 34 53.675 North/076 45.832 West
      Location: anchorage lies on the centerline of Clubfoot Creek, south of Mitchell and Gulden Creeks; Clubfoot Creek lies along the southern banks of Neuse River, west of the AICW/Adams Creek
      Minimum Depth: 5 to 6 1/2 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 55 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair, open to northern and southern winds

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    • Lower Goose Creek Anchorage (17 Nautical Miles off the AICW, on the Neuse River)


      Lower Goose Creek Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 35 02.676 North/076 56.003 West
      Location: Goose Creek, one of several bodies on water bearing this moniker on the NC coast, cuts the northeastern banks of the Neuse River, northeast of Neuse River marker #17
      Minimum Depth: 8 feet
      Special Note: Use of a GPS Chartplotter is highly recommended when entering and exiting this anchorage, to help keep to the unmarked channel
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair, open to southwestern and northeastern winds

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    • Upper Goose Creek Anchorage (17 Nautical Miles off the AICW, on the Neuse River)


      Upper Goose Creek Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 35 03.114 North/076 55.249 West
      Location: anchorage lies in the centerline of Goose Creek’s gentle turn to the northeast; Goose Creek cuts the northeastern banks of the Neuse River, northeast of Neuse River marker #17
      Minimum Depth: 6 feet
      Special Note: Use of a GPS Chartplotter is highly recommended when entering and exiting this anchorage, to help keep to the unmarked channel
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair to good, but open to southwesterly winds

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      1. Will Merriman -  November 17, 2012 - 7:33 pm

        Additional comments. Water depth at the time was 9.2 feet. Winds were NNE.

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      2. Will Merriman -  November 17, 2012 - 7:29 pm

        Anchored near the tip of the 7 foot contour line. Wind and current made anchoring difficult for this beginner salor. Muddy bottom. Anchor held good. Winds are out of the North at 11 kts gusting to 20 kts. The next morning the winds were steady at 15 kts.
        Only thing protecting us from the wind was the dodger. Temp was about 55 during the day. 40 or so at night.
        Beautiful view of the sunset followed shortly thereafter by a sliver of a moon.

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    • Upper Broad Creek Southern Anchorage (18.4 Nautical Miles off the AICW on Neuse River)


      Upper Broad Creek Southern Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 35 04.090 North/076 56.314 West
      Location: on the centerline of Upper Broad Creek, upstream of Blackbeard Sailing Club; Upper Broad Creek indents the northeastern shores of Neuse River, well northeast of Neuse River marker #19
      Minimum Depth: 8 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 55 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair, but open to southern, southwestern and northern winds

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    • Upper Broad Creek Northern Anchorage (18.7 Nautical Miles off the AICW on Neuse River)


      Upper Broad Creek Northern Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 35 04.805 North/076 56.111 West
      Location: anchorage lies in the centerline of Upper Broad Creek’s gentle turn to the northeast, north of the charted pilings; Upper Broad Creek indents the northeastern shores of Neuse River, well northeast of Neuse River marker #19
      Minimum Depth: 5 to 6 feet
      Special Note: use of a GPS chartplotter is recommended for safe entry and exit from this anchorage
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good, somewhat open to strong northern and northwestern breezes

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      1. Will Merriman -  November 19, 2012 - 11:15 am

        Anchored near the tip of the 7 foot contour line. Wind and current made anchoring difficult for this beginner salor. Muddy bottom. Anchor held good. Winds are out of the North at 11 kts gusting to 20 kts. The next morning the winds were steady at 15 kts.
        Only thing protecting us from the wind was the dodger. Temp was about 55 during the day. 40 or so at night.
        Beautiful view of the sunset followed shortly thereafter by a sliver of a moon.
        Additional comments. Water depth at the time was 9.2 feet. Winds were NNE.
        Will Merriman

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      2. Doug Sligh -  May 1, 2012 - 5:35 pm

        We anchored here last night in SW 10-15 and were VERY comfortable. The wind was NE when we entered and the pilings were completely submerged save one lonely post with a cormorant sitting atop. This morning we saw 15-20 pilings where only one was visible the previous afternoon. There is a lot of water in this curve, so stay on the port side going in.

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    • Trent River/New Bern Anchorage (21.2 Nautical Miles off the AICW, on Trent River)


      Trent River/New Bern Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 35 06.016 North/077 02.584 West
      Location: anchorage is located west of the Trent River Railway Bridge
      Minimum Depth: 4 1/2 to 5 feet
      Special Note: the bottom in this anchorage is littered with debris; set a trip line for your anchor if possible
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good, except somewhat open to southwesterly winds

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    • Brice Creek/Trent River Anchorage (23.5 Nautical Miles from the AICW on Trent River)


      Brice Creek/Trent River Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 35 04.438 North/077 03.399 West
      Location: anchorages lies near the eastern banks of Brice Creek, a short hop south of this stream’s intersection with Trent River; Brice Creek indents the Trent’s southeasterly banks near Trent River’s marker #3
      Minimum Depth: 12 feet
      Special Note: favor the easterly banks when entering Brice Creek from Trent River
      Special Note: your vessel must be able to clear a 45-foot fixed bridge to reach this anchorage
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Very good, only unusually strong northwestern winds might be a problem

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    • Brice Creek/Trent River Upper Anchorage (23.7 Nautical Miles from the AICW)


      Brice Creek/Trent River Upper Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 35 04.246 North/077 03.652 West
      Location: anchorage be found on the straight stretch of Brice Creek, between the stream’s first sharp turn to the west and its next turn to the south; Brice Creek indents the Trent’s southeasterly banks near Trent River’s marker #3
      Minimum Depth: 10 feet
      Special Note: favor the easterly banks when entering Brice Creek from Trent River
      Special Note: your vessel must be able to clear a 45-foot fixed bridge to reach this anchorage
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Superb, as good as it gets – a great foul weather hidey hole

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