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      Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of South Carolina anchorages, arranged in a rough, north to south, geographic format. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of SC 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 “South Carolina.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “SC Anchorages.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear. The first selection is “All South Carolina Anchorages,” which is where you are now. Below this selection, however, you will find listed 11 South Carolina geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of SC anchorages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

    • Calabash Creek Anchorage

      Calabash Creek Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 342
      Lat/Lon: near 33 52.353 North/078 34.176 West
      Location: on the waters off Calabash Creek’s eastern shores between unlighted daybeacons #2 and #3
      Minimum Depth: 4 1/2 feet MLW at entrance to Calabash Creek
      Special Comment: southern entrance to Calabash Creek from the AICW is shoaling
      Swing Room: sufficient room for boats as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Very Good

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      Comments from Cruisers (14)

      1. Michael Hetzer -  June 19, 2014 - 2:39 pm

        We’re locals and anchor there frequently in our 35′ Island Packet with 4-1/2′ draft. Enter and exit BETWEEN the Reds, favoring the ICW R2. Anchor in 9-12′ at high tide north of the channel anywhere before the Clubhouse on the north bank. Lots of fishing boat traffic, so anchor out of the channel, but don’t get too close to shore either, lest you swing ashore. Keep your rode as short as you dare. 2-3kts of current at full stream, but good holding on a muddy bottom.
        Michael Hetzer

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      2. Barbara and Ernie Roberts -  May 3, 2013 - 9:34 am

        The whole place is super shallow..except for the channel where the fishing boats go.
        Many skeletons there !!!!
        We finally threw the anchor just off the channel in the creek and waved to the fishing boats. Then in the AM we tried again and were able to make our escape !
        Barbara and Ernie Roberts
        Bermudiana

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      3. Capt. Bob Clemons -  October 16, 2012 - 9:09 am

        I’ve always (4 times at least) gone the other way to the Little River Inlet and anchored near marker #18. It’s always worked well for us with only another boat there on occasion. It is important to be out of the channel, since the gambling boats head out that inlet.
        Capt. Bob Clemons

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      4. Cap’n Norman and Admiral Barbara -  October 14, 2012 - 2:18 pm

        We have been traveling the waterway for 10 years and ALWAYS stop in Calabash Creek for the night. Our boat is at least 43′ long and draws 6′. We have never had a problem anchoring there, even with 6-8 other boats. The trick is to stay out of channel, as the head boats coming out of Calabash at all hours of the day and night, must get through safely. They won’t hesitate to let you know if you get too close for comfort. You need to know exactly what the tide is doing and plan your anchoring depth accordingly. The Seafood Hut is our favorite restaurant; we never miss our dinner of shrimp and flounder (yum yum).
        Cap’n Norman and Admiral Barbara
        s/v Blown Away

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      5. Bill Raynor -  October 12, 2012 - 3:20 pm

        I anchored at Calabash on 10/09/2012. I entered near high tide and saw nothing under 10 feet. I stayed close to the ICW R2, and well off the Calabash Creek R2 as I had reported several years ago. When leaving, it was just past low tide, and I read nothing under 7′. I’m 38′ and draw 5.5′. I will point out that another boat in the anchorage anchored too close to shore and found himself lying on his side in the morning. I anchored in 9′ and had no problem.
        Bill Raynor

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      6. Pat Carter -  October 10, 2012 - 5:43 pm

        We attempted this anchorage on 10/6/2012 and found the entrance shallow at mid-tide and with one vessel in the anchorage, did not feel comfortable with minimal swing room for our 44′ sailboat and 5′ draft. The water here shallows up quickly.
        Capt. Pat Carter

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      7. JiM Lady Lady -  November 21, 2011 - 10:07 pm

        Ditto to what Bill said. On 11-23-11 found the same depths took the same route. ICW #2 to port Calabash #2 to Starboard and hooked in just off the line between R2 and the Green 3 off notrh shore. three other boats drawing 5.6′
        JiM Lady Lady

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      8. Jim & Dede McGuire -  November 21, 2011 - 7:01 pm

        11-23-2011
        Fit three boats in here on north shore between red #2 and the green #3 other side of dolphins. Moon tide carried 12-14′ during high. Expect 6 tonight I hope
        Jim & Dede McGuire

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      9. Bill Raynor -  July 12, 2011 - 3:09 pm

        I anchored at Calabash Creek on July 5, 2011, without any problem. I arrived at exactly low tide, and watched a large sportfisher and two large drift fishing boats go through and decided to give it a try. They were coming from New River inlet and crossing the ICW. They hugged the ICW R2, leaving it to port, then stayed well of the Calabash Creek R2, leaving it to starboard. I draw 5.5 feet, and saw 6.5 feet passing ICW R2. I anchored in 9.5 feet between R2 and G3 just off the north shore. It was a nice anchorage once the stream of fishing boats and shrimpers finished the day. I would never have tried this on falling tide.
        Bill Raynor

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      10. Jean Thomason -  April 22, 2010 - 10:50 am

        Anchored here 4-19-10 with nine other boats – 6 sail and 4 power altogether. It’s pretty tight with that many boats and I doubt the shrimpers will be please with those that are impinging on the channel. Not a lot of anchorage choices in this area however.
        Coming out of Calabash Creek at dead low this morning (4-20-10) keeping close to the east of the ICW#2 marker, minimum depth was 6.4 ft.
        Jean Thomason

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      11. Jean Thomason -  April 22, 2010 - 9:36 am

        Coming out of Calabash Creek at dead low this morning (4-20-10) keeping close to the east of the ICW#2 marker, minimum depth was 6.4 ft.
        Jean Thomason

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      12. Andy Denmark -  July 22, 2009 - 9:17 am

        A recent delivery found us anchored near Little River Inlet, M/M 342, snug against the eastern shore of Calabash Creek and positioned on the east side of a line between markers #2 and #3. I like this anchorage, the first one you get to in South Carolina if you’re southbound, just 4 miles past the Sunset Beach Pontoon Bridge. Use caution at the #2 entrance marker as the shoal it marks extends 20 yards or so directly south beyond the mark. This is a small anchorage — a dozen boats will fill it up — so get there early or there might not be sufficient room. If you anchor too near the channel you’ll get the wrath (and wakes) of the fishing boats going out just before sunrise. The town of Calabash, a mile up the creek of the same name, is famous for its seafood, and you can dinghy there and tie up on the inside of the commercial pier. Great food! I recommend Captain John’s. The current runs noticeably in this anchorage and you need to be cautious of other nearby boats if the anchorage is crowded (as it often is during “snowbird” seasons). For southbound sailors this is about the only viable anchorage between Carolina Beach and Marker #29 in the Waccamaw River. Georgetown is a 60 +/- mile day from here with several good anchorages and marinas south of Socastee Bridge. Oh, I forgot to mention the sunsets with the entire horizon visible to the west — spectacular in the fall!
        Captain Andy Denmark
        s/v “Rhiannon”
        Oriental, NC

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      13. Jeanie Quigley -  July 21, 2009 - 3:28 pm

        Our adventure was not over. Our intention was to anchor in Calabash Creek. However, we knew we were now only 1 ½ hr before low tide and that this could be a problem. We left flashing green daybeacon 119 and crept toward red floating ICW R2, eyes on the sounder. DON’T DO THIS. Stay mid channel on the ICW. There is shoaling well out from the northeast at Calabash Creek. We had about 3 hours to watch shrimp boats and casino boats traverse this section, as we sat aground in the ICW channel just over the midline to the northeast in the ICW and east of red floating 2. We didn’t feel quite so inept, when we watched a shrimp boat go aground just in front of us as he came in from sea and crossed the ICW to go into Calabash Creek. He was able to wiggle off, however. By 1930 we thought we had enough water to work our way into deeper water, and persevered when we cited two shrimp boats returning from sea. They crept through the creek entrance and we followed them in. Of course it was now dark but we only went in enough distance to anchor in 9’ of water. That anchorage had been so close and so far away.
        No problem leaving at 8 this morning, and we had a great run to Georgetown.
        Jeanie Quigley

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    • Island Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 375.5
      Lat/Lon: near 33 39.953 North/079 04.236 West
      Location: lies off the rear of the loop stream, north and northeast of flashing daybeacon #29
      Minimum Depth: 9-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for boats as large as 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent

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      1. max miller -  April 16, 2012 - 7:55 pm

        We turned in northbound off marker 27A and rounded #1. We first motored north to investigate the entire reach of the oxbow but ran aground in what chart and plotter showed as deep water just as the channel turns back toward the ICW on the north side of the oxbow.

        We reversed direction and anchored in the Oxbow near the 8 foot depth shown on the chart. We dropped our Bruce in 10 ft of water at near-low tide and the anchor dug in quickly. We first motored a circle to assure swing room and found the charted depths to be accurate.

        Thinking back on our last time anchoring here, I regretted not rigging a trip line as I dropped our anchor because we grabbed some bottom debris on our last visit making anchor recovery difficult. On this visit, we luckily recovered our anchor easily the next morning.

        It’s a beautiful anchorage and the bird life here is terrific. The only caveat, until sunset, is the waterborne cowboys who zip though the area like mentally challenged houseflies .

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      2. Claiborne -  December 16, 2009 - 1:54 pm

        Subject: Waccamaw River marker #29 anchorage
        Cruising News: I’m pleased to report that the rustic anchorage at Waccamaw River #29 is still nice and unobstructed although there’s considerable development along the “green side” shoreline. EQUUS spent a pleasant night here on 12/12 in warm temperatures and drizzling rain with only one other boat. This is one of my favorite ICW anchorages and it looks like a place where a dinosaur might appear from the swamps at any moment! I always use a trip line here as there are snags on the bottom.
        Captain Andy Denmark
        s/v EQUUS

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      3. Jean Thomason -  September 29, 2009 - 8:11 pm

        Stayed here two nights September 2009. Anchored closer to the river on the northern leg of the loop. Nice anchorage except for the local boat which anchored in the afternoon on the far side of the island and shot off what sounded like a semi-automatic weapon repeatedly. They went away and then came back after dark and anchored for the night. We tried to do things right and use a buoyed trip line but ended up with the line wound around the anchor chain as we switched back and forth with the current.

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    • Clark Creek Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 378
      Lat/Lon: near 33 39.524 North/079 04.706 West
      Location: on the charted loop cutting into the Waccamaw’s southeasterly banks, northeast of unlighted daybeacon #31
      Minimum Depth: 10-18 feet
      Special Comment: entry into this anchorage is surrounded by numerous shoals. Use of a GPS chart plotter is recommended to facilitate safe passage
      Swing Room: sufficient room for boats as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent

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    • Old River Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 377
      Lat/Lon: near 33 39.227 North/079 05.748 West
      Location: anchorage will be found, northwest of flashing daybeacon #36, just behind the charted island’s northwesterly point
      Minimum Depth: 20+ feet in anchorage ‘“ 8 foot minimum approach depths
      Swing Room: sufficient room for boats as large as 30 feet
      Special Note: swing room has been reduced in this anchorage by the recent construction of several private docks
      Foul Weather Shelter: Very good except in very strong northeasterly winds

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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Claiborne -  November 2, 2009 - 8:29 am

        Swing room is much reduced in this anchorage due to the presence of new docks.
        Rick Emerson

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    • Prince Creek Northern Anchorages

      Statute Mile: 380.5
      Lat/Lon:
      33 36.424 North/079 05.333 West (outer, westernmost anchorage)
      33 36.402 North/079 05.271 West (inner anchorage)

      Location: found on the centerline of the Creek’s northern mouth, southeast of the ICW’s flashing daybeacon #43
      Minimum Depth: 18-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for boats as large as 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter:

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    • Bull Creek Anchorages

      Statute Mile: 381
      Lat/Lon:
      33 36.247 North/079 05.899 West (anchorage nearest ICW/Waccamaw River)
      33 36.638 North/079 06.279 West (anchorage just upstream of hairpin turn to the south)
      33 36.106 North/079 06.385 West (anchorage just north of sharp turn to the west)
      33 36.003 North/079 06.605 West (anchorage abeam of high ground on southern banks)
      Location: Bull Creek runs west from the Waccamaw River/ICW at flashing daybeacon #48
      Minimum Depth: 14-feet
      Special Comment: many excellent anchorages are available along the length of Bull Creek between its intersection with Waccamaw River, and its juncture with Little Bull Creek
      Swing Room: sufficient room for boats as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent, particularly on the two most upstream anchorages

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      1. Rick Parish -  September 19, 2009 - 3:02 pm

        September 2009 – We anchored in Bull Creek just off the sand hill near the charted 14′ depth. This anchorage is similar in appearance and ambience to Throughfare Creek at it’s sand hill. One signficant difference: Bull Creek is widen and allows for more swing room/larger boats/more boats. Word of caution. We dropped the hook abeam of the sand hill and about 1/3 of the width of the creek from the sand hill. I noticed in setting and raising the anchor that I could feel some little tugs on the anchor and chain that were most likely caused by small soft rotten logs or tree trunks on the bottom. It took almost no effort to free the anchor and chain as I raised it, but the bottom is not debris free in that spot.

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      2. George Hechtman -  August 5, 2009 - 5:42 pm

        Just to add to my pasted-in comment above, our boat is 61 ft LOA and we have used those lower two anchorages in the chart picture (or further upstream, if you will) quite happily. You have to patient in getting a good set, as there are a couple of rocky patches in there.

        George and Ann
        “Incentive” Hatteras 56MY.

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      3. Claiborne -  July 22, 2009 - 8:21 am

        A little further south from Bucksport, Bull Creek has some of the most beautiful anchorages on the entire east coast. We anchor there and take the dink to Bucksport and the many surrounding picturesque side waters. We spend an extra day just to enjoy this great cruising destination.
        George

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    • Prince Creek Southern Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 382.5
      Lat/Lon: near 33 34.800 North/079 06.041 West
      Location: drop anchor barely within the southern mouth of Prince Creek, hard by flashing daybeacon #53
      Minimum Depth: 25-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for boats as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair to good, but open to strong southern and southwestern winds

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    • Sandhole Creek Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 386.5
      Lat/Lon: near 33 31.637 North/079 06.870 West
      Location: found on the waters a short hop upstream from the creek’s intersection with the Waccamaw, west, northwest of flashing daybeacon #66
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for boats as large as 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent in all but southeasterly winds

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    • Thoroughfare Creek Anchorages

      Statute Mile: 389
      Lat/Lon:
      33 30.443 North/079 08.771 West (anchorage just upstream of creek’s first sharp turn to the north
      33 30.892 North/079 08.643 West (anchorage abeam of charted high ground at Belin
      Location: Thoroughfare creek lies west of the Waccamaw River/ICW flashing daybeacon #73
      Minimum Depth: 10-feet
      Special Comment: Upstream anchorage on Thoroughfare Creek is one of the best overnight havens on the Waccamaw River
      Swing Room: sufficient room for boats as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent

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      Comments from Cruisers (12)

      1. Glen and Jill Moore -  May 2, 2013 - 10:48 am

        The spot by the sand dune is a beautiful anchorage. You can beach the dinghy and go ashore. The property is part of a SC wildlife refuge and has some walking trails. One of our visits to this anchorage was on a warm, spring Sunday afternoon. A large group of young folks were having a party on the beach with loud music and drinking. They had fast boats which they only ran at full throttle through the anchorage. It was unpleasant and unsafe. We pulled anchor and moved to Cowhouse Creek for a quiet night. Be cautious on weekends.
        Glen and Jill Moore
        DeFever 40 Last Dance

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      2. Doug Cordello -  October 14, 2012 - 2:56 pm

        Oct 9 Anchored at Thoroughfare Creek Anchorage, anchored just off the ICW in 16 of water near the mouth of the creek, very quiet night.
        Doug Cordello

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      3. Captains Mark & Diana Doyle -  July 26, 2012 - 2:40 pm

        We often revel in the changing seasons. Every transit is different depending on the weather, the seasonal cloud formations, the patterns of bird and mammal migration, and the colors of the wooded shores or saltmarsh expanses.
        But here’s a seasonal change we weren’t expecting: the Waccamaw River in summer.
        For most experienced ICW cruisers, the Waccamaw River is one of their favorite cruising grounds. Anchorage after peaceful anchorage, typically the only boat tucked into a surreal cypress setting draped with Spanish moss. Birds call from the dark swampy woods and ospreys whistle from their huge stick nests.
        But that’s the Waccamaw River of early spring or fall. Come summer, especially on weekends, this waterway that is part of a national wildlife refuge becomes a playground for the jet skis, pontoon boats, and Baja cruisers from nearby overflowing Myrtle Beach.
        Don’t believe us? We witnessed quiet Thoroughfare Creek anchorage (STM 388.8) become a speedway for party boats to access the sandy bluffs at charted Belin, known to locals as “Sandy Island.” It looked like Coney Island!
        So we gave up on anchoring in Thoroughfare Creek, deciding to press on along the magenta line. We departed the Waccamaw with the company of a noisy jet skier, zig-zagging back and forth right off our stern using our wake to “catch some air.”
        Sheesh …
        Best and see you On the Water!
        Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
        http://www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

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      4. Ron -  September 1, 2011 - 7:57 am

        We anchored here a couple years ago. We stopped here again a couple weeks ago but now we have a dinghy. We cruised the canals, then over to the beach for some swimming. We had some conversations with the locals who come there often for swiming. We hiked a little on the trails and then spent a quiet night on the hook. It’s a great anchorage.

        There was a mention above about developers. The was a PBS special on this island, but the short story is, the state of SC bought it and recently turned it over to an environmental group. While there may be some more homes on the canals and in the traditionally black town on the other side of the island, there will be no bridge or “developement”.

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      5. Larry and Suzi -  June 14, 2010 - 10:26 pm

        There are so many places to choose on the Wacamaw River, but this one is great. We were here for the first time on 6/12/2010, a Saturday. Found several locals using the area for swimming and water skiing but had a very pleasant night and early morning there anchored by the sandy bank. Would recommend it highly.

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      6. Dick Litchfield -  May 22, 2010 - 5:50 pm

        We decided to stop short of our goal and anchor in Thouroghfare Creek to take advantage of the trees that provided some wind protection.
        We shared the anchorage with one other sailboat. We dropped the hook and immediately found out why its called “Thoroughfare”. There was lots of local traffic evidently running between the Waccamaw River and the Great Pee Dee River plus the usual local fishermen, skiers and jet skis.
        Thankfully, the wind and traffic died a little after sundown and we had a quiet evening.
        It’s a beautiful anchorage especially in when you are fogged in at daybreak.

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      7. HB Koerner -  November 18, 2009 - 9:40 pm

        Spent the day under power in a drizzling rain. This was my last chance to find an anchorage before nightfall. It was beautiful to me then, in the rain, and remains so in my memory. One sailing catamaran was there when I arrived, and a trawler arrived just after I set the hook. My Bruce anchor dragged, so I changed to a CQR. No problem. It was probably due to fluky conditions, though, as wind and current were at odds when I arrived. Didn’t get a good set to start with.

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      8. James Lea -  September 11, 2009 - 9:56 am

        Last November we anchored there, arriving about 4pm to find about six other cruisers anchored there. We didn’t land the cliff, but did take the dinghy into the maze of canals on the east side of the creek. We saw no place to land and a few homes or summer cottages. Not certain.
        James Lea
        S/V Estelle
        Bristol 41.1

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      9. Arnold -  September 3, 2009 - 1:22 pm

        Sandy Island has a primarily black history – one time slaves. With a friend we found the skeleton timbers of an old old sunken boat there and a badly rusted ball and chain which we were pretty sure once must have held a plantation slaves ankle to the boat. There is a dock there for dinghies. It’s worth an afternoon trip
        Best wishes
        Arnold

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      10. Bob Love -  July 22, 2009 - 9:23 am

        It has been about 6 months since I anchored on Thoroughfare Creek. The sandy cliff and beach area is quite a gathering place on weekends and holidays. All types of boats anchor there or tie up to shore. Adventurous captains with smaller boats and drafts to 3′ can probably motor their way into the center of the island and come out on the other side of the sandy cliff. I have done it in a 35′ Regal with 35″ draft. The entrance is almost hidden but watch and you will see other boats entering or ask a local. There is an interesting story about the history of this island but time does not permit me to tell it now. Suffice it to say that some developers wanted to develop the island and build a bridge to it but it was voted down and I believe it is now owned by the state and will not be developed.
        Bob Love
        Home Port: Pawleys Island, SC

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      11. Captain Bobbie Blowers -  July 22, 2009 - 8:59 am

        WOW! This is absolutely one of our all time favorite anchorages. We’ve been known to stay 2 nights. Our 2 big dogs LOVE the big sand dune and the Nature Conservancy trails through the woods. The traffic all goes away before dark and the nights are among the most peaceful on the waterway. Highly recommend it as a hidey hole for bad blows. We’ve been there in one and barely felt a ripple in the water. The only downside occurs during spring floods when the current runs quite strong through the anchorage, enough to turn our props! Had to weight them down with monkey wrenches to stop the turning. Holding is, however, great. If ya’ll haven’t been there, do it now before the developers get their way!
        Captain Bobbie Blowers

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    • Schooner Creek Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 392.5
      Lat/Lon: near 33 27.618 North/079 10.329 West
      Location: west, southwest of the Waccamaw River/ICW’s flashing daybeacon #79
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for boasts as large as 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent

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    • AICW/Waccamaw River/Jericho Creek Anchorages

      Statute Mile: 395
      Lat/Lon:
      33 27.009 North/079 11.048 West (anchorage abeam of first northeasterly running offshoot)
      33 26.976 North/079 11.252 West (anchorage just upstream of anchorage listed above)
      Location: Jericho Creek makes into the northwestern shores of the Waccamaw River, north of flashing daybeacon #83
      Minimum Depth: 8-feet
      Swing Room: only sufficient room for boats as large as 32 feet; elbow room is tight in this anchorage
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent

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      1. Claiborne -  November 30, 2009 - 2:54 pm

        I passed through Jericho Creek between Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers about six months ago at low tide (three foot draft trawler). It was beautiful and adventurous, but I saw two large stumps just above the surface, center of the creek, in the winding part of the creek near Wacammaw River. I would not have seen these with one foot more water. I don’t know if they were transient or there all the time. Be careful in this area.
        Russ McAden

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      2. Dick Litchfield -  November 24, 2009 - 9:36 am

        We anchored here on the south side of the oxbow. The south side gave us better protection from northerly winds. As noted, not much swing room and two anchors might be advisable, but we passed the night on one. You need to watch the tide, shoaling and bar at the mouth. We had to bugout early AM to get across the bar safely. We noted 6.2′ as we crossed the bar.

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    • Downtown Georgetown Waterfront Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 403
      Lat/Lon: near 33 21.915 North/079 17.041 West
      Location: located along the northeastern loop of Sampit River, abeam of the downtown Georgetown waterfront
      Minimum Depth: 9-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for boats as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Very Good
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      1. Claiborne -  August 3, 2009 - 10:45 am

        Subject: Georgetown, S.C. harbour update
        Cruising News: Know And Follow the rules!
        This past Friday I received a little “gift” from the DNR, in the form of a 110.00 ticket for “No anchor light between sunset and sunrise”. Now I did think I had an anchor light, I had installed a solar light on the Stearn rail that glowed brightly every night as I walked down the Harbourwalk. There were several problems with this that the DNR was only happy to point out! First was that solar lights are only as good as the batteries they contain AND how much direct sunlight they receive. The DNR patrol toured the harbour at 04:30, and apparently by then my light managed to run down. I’m not usually out and about at 4:30, so I was unaware.
        The second and probably more important point is that a light on the rail is NOT visible 360 degrees, and therefore does NOT satisfy RULE 30.
        It would seem that the only option would be the masthead anchor light, but no the DNR will accept two lights, one on the bow and one on the stearn to create a 360 degree arc of visibility. (Remember the rule ALSO states that the light must be visible for a minimum of two miles. My problem was that my exhisting anchor light will drain the batteries in no time, and me getting up the mast with ease just ain’t going to happen. What I came up with is a low amp light with a photo cell mounted on a ‘pig stick’ that I can put up when we are at anchor (which by the way is where the boat lives way too much of the time. I hope this might clear up some of the confusion re lights here. BTW, there should be more news soon regarding the proposed mooring field, I’ll post as soon as I hear anything.
        Fair winds
        George

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      2. Claiborne -  July 22, 2009 - 8:54 am

        Subject: Georgetown, SC Disappointment
        Cruising News: Georgetown, SC was a big disappointment this year. The anchorage here has always been crowded, and the holding has always been problematic, but the town has
        been very friendly to boaters with public dinghy docks, trash cans, and a grocery store that will pick you up and return you to the waterfront with your groceries. This year, several of the local marinas have expanded their docks into the anchorage area, and the rest of the anchorage is filled up with large numbers of local boats of every description on moorings and anchors, evenincluding a 3 masted schooner and an 8×8 foot swimming float. There were only 2 or 3 cruising boats who had managed to squeeze in. We idled all through the area, and sadly left to anchor up the Wacamaw River. I know the boats that stay in the marinas are more lucretive, but I used to love spending my (little) money in Georgetown.
        Mark Richter, m/v Winnie the Pooh
        anchored Wacamaw River and northbound for Canada

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      3. joey presnell -  July 11, 2009 - 3:00 pm

        Run your anchor light or you will get a ticket. It’s getting crazy here reminds me of old days in florida

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    • Upper Sampit River Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 403
      Lat/Lon: 33 21.428 North/079 18.674 West
      Location: anchorage is located on the upper reaches of the Sampit River, west of the charted 65-foot high-rise bridge, and between the actual and charted location of the 61 foot power lines.
      Special Note: Sailors, TAKE CAREFUL NOTE of the potentially deadly powerline obstructions on the Sampit River
      Minimum Depth: 20 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for boats as large as 48 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good

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    • Pee Dee River – Black River Intersection Anchorage (off the AICW)


      Pee Dee River – Black River Intersection Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 33 23.811 North/079 14.933 West
      Location: lies on the broad swath of the Pee Dee River, southwest of the intersection between this stream and Black River
      Minimum Depth: 20 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for almost any pleasurecraft
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair, particularly open to southwestern winds
      Special Note: to access this anchorage, your vessel must either be able to clear the fixed, 20 foot Highway 17 Bridge which crosses the southern foot of Pee Dee River, of undertake a lengthy cruise to the Pee Dee River by way of Jericho Creek, which departs the AICW’s passage on Waccamaw River, north of marker #83

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    • Black River Anchorage (off the AICW)


      Black River Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 33 24.957 North/079 14.878 West
      Location: located just north of the “dump” symbol on chart 11534, some 1.2 nautical miles generally north of the Black River’s southern mouth
      Minimum Depth: 15 to 23 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 65 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair, open to northeastern winds
      Special Note: to access this anchorage, your vessel must either be able to clear the fixed, 20 foot Highway 17 Bridge which crosses the southern foot of Pee Dee River, of undertake a lengthy cruise to the Pee Dee River by way of Jericho Creek, which departs the AICW’s passage on Waccamaw River, north of marker #83.
      Also note that this anchorage lies within sight of historic Windsor Plantation house

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    • Southern Jericho Creek Anchorage (off the AICW)


      Southern Jericho Creek Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 33 25.948 North/079 12.747 West
      Location: lies a short hop northeast of the Jericho Creek’s intersection with the Pee Dee River
      Minimum Depth: 7 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good, except during unusually strong southwestern and northeastern winds
      Special Note: to access this anchorage, your vessel must either be able to clear the fixed, 20 foot Highway 17 Bridge which crosses the southern foot of Pee Dee River, of undertake a lengthy cruise to the Pee Dee River by way of Jericho Creek, which departs the AICW’s passage on Waccamaw River, north of marker #83.
      Also, be SURE to avoid the charted `Cable’ area northeast of the Jericho Creek – Pee Dee River intersection, and do NOT anchor on this portion of the creek

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    • Minim Creek Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 415.5
      Lat/Lon: Near 33 11.564 North/079 16.703 West
      Location: on the waters of Minim Creek hard by the southern foot of the Minim Creek Canal, just south of flashing daybeacon #4
      Minimum Depth: 8-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for boats as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good, but marsh grass shores do not render sufficient shelter in really heavy weather

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      Comments from Cruisers (5)

      1. Glen and Jill Moore -  May 2, 2013 - 2:22 pm

        We anchored on the western branch of Minim Creek, just past the dock. There was plenty of swing room and good protection from fetch. Very quiet area, so remote that no lights could be seen at night. Our kind of anchorage. It was a good stop for us to stage for a morning arrival at the Georgetown Public Docks, so we could visit the town during our day-only free stay.
        Glen and Jill Moore
        DeFever 40 Last Dance

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      2. JackP -  May 2, 2013 - 1:42 pm

        We anchored in 8 feet at mid tide. There is plenty of swing room for a 41ft cat proably enough for a 50 ft monohull. We anchored seaward.
        JackP

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      3. Sea Huddle -  June 28, 2010 - 10:55 pm

        Great anchorage except the mosquitos were killer this past weekend.

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      4. Ron & Audrey -  September 2, 2009 - 3:09 pm

        We spent a pleasant night anchored on Minum ck. early in May 2009. Holding, swing room, and depth was sufficient for our 55 Viking FDMY
        Ron & Audrey
        Lucky Girl

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      5. Unknown -  July 22, 2009 - 8:46 am

        Wednesday found us on our way to Minim Creek, south of Georgetown, SC for the evening. Sometimes this is a great anchorage and sometimes not. Wednesday night was one of those good times. Lots of bugs, but bearable.

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