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Archive For: NC5 – Alligator River to Pungo River

  • Good Words for Dowry Creek Marina, AICW Statute Mile 131.5


    Dowry Creek Marina - Click for Chartview

    Dowry Creek Marina is a fine family owned and family run marina that has received MANY laudatory reviews here on the Cruisers’ Net. This facility lies off the AICW/Pungo River, north of Belhaven.

    This is one of my favorite places to stop whenever heading north or south from Albemarle Plantation. Staff is very friendly and knowledgable. Rates are good and there is a lovely club house where there is a social hour each evening. Loaner cars are available for trips into town.
    Bill Denison

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Dowry Creek Marina

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  • Dowry Creek Marina (Statute Mile 131.5)

    Dowry Creek MarinaOn 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 131.5 – who has had the good fortune to visit with Captain Mary at Dowry Creek Marina, north of AICW/Pungo River marker #5? Please give us a full description of what you found. Were you able to find transportation to nearby Belhaven for dining or provisioning?

    Responses follow:

    Dowry Creek is a nice stop. It is a clean friendly place. They supplied transportation for trips into town. The only downside to the Marina is, it is less then 30 miles south of the Alligator River anchorage and that is not a days run for me. On the way south, everyone stops at Alligator River mile 103, so they at least want to make it to Belhaven, before they stop.
    Edward Hart

    Without question, this marina is a must stop traveling N. or S. Excellent facility, fuel, clean restrooms, vehicle for your use, easy access with help from the staff. Great hospitality room for potluck meals. Relax!
    Captain Steve Atkinson

    Dowry Creek was a fabulous place to be! We were there with about 12 other boats waiting for Hurricane Sandy to pass! Mary and her staff could not have been more cordial or helpful! We had full use if her pool house and were told we could stay there if we felt uncomfortable due to the storm. We had cocktails or a potluck every night and seminars during the day! We felt like kids at Camp Dowry Creek with Mary as our Camp counselor. There was a courtesy car to use for shopping or dining. The showers and laundry were clean. The sailors quickly became close friends and shared experiences!
    We made friends there who will be friends forever! Mary offered us all a great rate due to the storm. She and her staff went out of their way to make sure we were all safe and happy! We hope to return in May northbound!
    Happy to have chosen Dowry as a safe place. It is protected from NWE but in far enough that we hardly rocked!
    Tomfoolery

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Dowry Creek Marina

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  • Deep Point/Alligator River Anchorage (Statute Mile 102)

    On 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 102 – anyone anchored on the waters of Alligator River, near Deep Point and marker #43? Did you find this to be an adequate anchorage? What depths did you discover?

    Responses follow:

    We have anchored here several times in the past when the wind was from the right direction (south to southwest). Just follow depths on chart. This April, with strong winds from the west to northwest forecast, we decided to go up the upper Alligator for an anchorage. A GPS helps on this trip. We anchored up past Cherry Ridge Landing in 10 feet of water.
    Jean Thomason

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Deep Point/Alligator River Anchorage

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  • Upper Pungo River Anchorages (Statute Mile 127.5)

    On 5/19/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 127.5 – who has anchored on the upper reaches of Pungo River, abandoned by the AICW, north of marker #23? We have always found these waters to be idyllic. Did you have the same experience? Where did you choose to anchor?

    Responses follow:

    We frequently use this anchorage which is convenient at south end of the ditch. Minimum water is about 8 feet just behind marker 23. Good holding in either suggested anchorage. Were in there last week with 5 other boats.
    Gray Riddick
    Gray Ghost

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Upper Pungo River Anchorages

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  • Alligator River Marina (Statute Mile 84)

    On 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List,we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 84 – who has spent a night or two at Alligator River Marina, just north and west of the Alligator River Bridge? Please describe your experience and impressions at this marina. What sort of depths did you observe between the Waterway and the marina entrance? Did you dine ashore, and, if so, how was the food?

    Responses follow:

    In 15 years of cruising coastal NC we have probably spent more nights here [Alligator River Marina] than anywhere else – probably 25% were weather related delays Our stays with Miss Wanda have always been good but realize some visitors have not shared our opinion. Food in the convenience store-truck stop –marina is well priced, fast and welcome break from the boat.
    Gray & Betty Riddick

    I saw no issues with depth entering this marina (at least 8 feet everywhere). The staff was very helpful with docking. There is a lot of very nice grass for the dog to run and a nice clubhouse and laundry facility as well. There are limited hours for service in the small restaurant attached to the gas station out front, but the food was very good. I particularly enjoyed the alligator bites appetizer (couldn’t resist). This is a perfect stop to wait out any weather before crossing Albemarle Sound going northbound.
    Larry Freedman

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Alligator River Marina

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  • Pungo Creek Anchorages and Pungo Creek Marina (Statute Mile 136)

    On 5/9/13 as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 136 – who has visited Pungo Creek Recently? This stream indents the Pungo River/AICW’s easterly shoreline, just south of Belhaven, NC. Did you anchor on this creek, and, if so, where? Did you visit with Pungo Creek Marina? Please give us a description of this marina and its current condition, if possible.

    Responses follow:

    Nice always empty anchorage in all weather except strong easterlies. Many locations are fine. Have not visited the Marina.
    Gray Riddick
    Gray Ghost

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Pungo Creek Anchorage

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  • Belhaven, NC Marinas and Dining (Statute Mile 135.5)

    On 5/9/13 as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 135.5 – I’m sure many of you have already frequented Belhaven, NC on Pantego Creek, this season. Did you dock overnight with one of the marinas? If so, please furnish us with a description of what you found. Or, did you anchor in Pantego Creek? If so, where, and did you have a problem with being rocked and rolled a bit too much? Anyone find a good spot to dine ashore in Belhaven?

    Responses follow:

    Belhaven Waterway Marina is great – Les and Brenda treat you like family.
    Have not used them but understand the town docks are nice and believe have power.
    Fish Hooks and George’s oyster bar are good
    Gray Riddick
    Gray Ghost

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Belhaven Waterway Marina

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  • Belhaven Waterway Marina, Belhaven, NC, AICW Statute Mile 136

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    Belhaven Waterway Marina is found on the northeastern banks of Pantego Creek, north of marker #9.

    There are a few choices in the Belhaven area, which is the first area when going southbound that offers marina stops after Coinjock, other than the Alligator River Marina (which is a good stop in bad weather). Over the years the choices have evolved as the marinas have changed. We find the Belhaven Waterway Marina to be best because it is located in “downtown” Belhaven near a few stores and several restaurants. All other nearby marinas are some distance away from this area.
    The marina is located inside the breakwater on Pantego Creek just off the Pungo River. It is reached by following the marked channel up the creek (past the River Forrest Marina) to the next dock area on the starboard side adjacent to a newly built multiple story condominium development. The entrance is a narrow channel next to the condos that is identified by a marina sign and a prominent gazebo. The dockage is along a fixed face dock on the port side of the channel. Water depth can be an issue when entering the channel, but we’ve brought in two boats with 5.5 foot draft without a problem.
    The nearby “Fish Hooks” restaurant is one of a few popular seafood restaurants in the area. There is no fuel at this stop. But the marina owner is a well regarded boat repair mechanic if service is needed.
    Ray Kurlak

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Belhaven Waterway Marina

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  • Good Words for Alligator River Marina, AICW Statute Mile 84

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    It’s always good to hear great things about Miss Wanda and her crew! Alligator River Marina lies on the western shore of the mouth of the Alligator River/AICW, just north of the swing bridge and southwest of flashing daybeacon #12. This facility provides the ONLY readily available dockage and fuel along the patch of the AICW between Coinjock, Elizabeth City and Dowry Creek/Belhaven!

    We stopped here today for fuel. They were not quite fully open for the season, but we had no problems. Everyone was pleasant and helpful. We were in and out in about 30 minutes.
    Diesel fuel was $3.94 a gallon. This is less than I am paying to fill my truck.
    Dave Boxmeyer

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Alligator River Marina

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  • Alligator River Bridge (AICW Statute Mile 84) Will Not Open in Heavy Fog

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    AICW cruising veterans have long known the decrepit Alligator River Swing Bridge (closed vertical clearance – 14 feet), will not open in high winds due to the possibility of mechanical injury to the bridge mechanism. Now, we hear this same, troublesome span may not open in heavy fog!!!

    Cruisers from Maine who are used to traveling in fog should be aware that the Alligator River Bridge will not open in reduced visibility as they are afraid cars won’t see the stop lights. There are no set standards. According to the bridge tender, it is up to his discretion. I can see cars half a mile down the bridge from where I am now anchored in the middle of nowhere. With the current weather report, I could be here all day and night.
    Roger Long S/V Strider

    Kudos to the bridge tender. We have watched semi’s and others gun it to get across the ARB swing span after the lights have turned red. The tender is responsible for all the users, even the irresponsible ones.
    Chris

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Bridge Directory Listing For the Alligator River Bridge

  • More Praise for Alligator River Marina, AICW Statute Mile 84

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    It’s always good to hear great things about “Miss Wanda”, whom I have known for many years! Alligator River Marina lies on the western shore of the mouth of the Alligator River/AICW, just north of the swing bridge and southwest of flashing daybeacon #12. This facility provides the ONLY readily available dockage and fuel along the patch of the AICW between Coinjock, Elizabeth City and Dowry Creek/Belhaven!

    We brought our boat down from Baltimore, Maryland to Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina. One of the highlights of the trip was Alligater River Marina. Mrs. Wanda is the nicest and most helpful marina owner I have ever met. The food and hospitality was incredible. Do not miss this marina.
    Steve Chapman

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Alligator River Marina

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  • North Mouth of Alligator River AICW Problem Stretch – Captains Mark and Diana Report (St. M. 81)

    On the Water GuidebooksBelow, our strategic partners Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, founders and owners of On The Water ChartGuides, give a concise and accurate report of the current situation at the northern mouth of the Alligator River, where the AICW flows south from Albemarle Sound into this body of water. Note that Diana and Mark confirm our earlier posting here on the SSECN (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=98565), that the infamous “magenta line” is charted on the WRONG side of marker #8A. Be SURE to pass this marker to its EASTERLY side!

    Hi Claiborne,
    Diana and I crossed the Albemarle Sound southbound last week and re-surveyed the known Alligator River Entrance ICW trouble spot … with its westward shoal and mis-charted Magenta Line.
    As you can see from the attached screenshot, the depths are fine if you follow the navaids, NOT necessarily the Magenta Line.
    Southbound, you would honor R6 and the G7-R8 pair, then (importantly) depart the charted Magenta Line, honoring floating navaid Red 8A, to stay off encroaching Long Shoal Point, finally re-joing the ICW and the charted Magenta Line at G9.
    I’ll re-survey the other known ICW trouble spots as we continue southbound and share these with your SSECN readers.
    Best and see you On the Water,
    Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
    http://www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

    Cruised through the northern Alligator River dog leg. No problem. Follow the marks.
    Raymond W. Smith

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the North Mouth of Alligator River

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  • CHARTING ERROR Discovered By Way Of Good Advice on Transiting the Northern Alligator River/AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 80

    Over the weekend of 10/6/12 to 10/7/12, we received the message below from Captain Sykes DeHarrt, concerning the perennial AICW Problem Stretch at the northern mouth of the Alligator River.
    Clearly, this is good advice, but as you will see, Captain Syke’s info pointed out a potential problem.

    Cruising News:
    Came thru there going south 2 days ago. There is absolutely no problem at the entrance if one follows the marks. The problem area has apparently been near marker 8. If you stay half way between 7 and 8 the depth never gets below 12 feet. Go from this point straight to marker 9 and don’t do the dog leg I think a lot of chart plotters show. They have added marker 8A to help keep you away from that shoal.
    Sykes DeHart
    sv Aquarius

    After reading Captain DeHart’s welcome input, we consulted the latest edition of chart 11553, and immediately spotted marker #8A mentioned in the article above. WHAT REALLY CONCERNED US WAS THE DEPICTION OF THE INFAMOUS MAGENTA LINE SHOWN AS PASSING TO THE WEST OF #8A. BOTH THIS MARKER’S COLOR, AND CAPTAIN DEHART’S COMMENTS SUGGESTED THIS AID TO NAVIGATION SHOULD BE PASSED TO ITS EASTERLY QUARTER.
    We all know that navigators CAN’T trust the magenta line, but many cruisers do follow it all too closely, so a charting error at this crucial intersection needs to be called to the immediate attention of the cruising community./
    First, we sent out a special SSECN Alert on the morning of 10/8/12, asking for input from our fellow cruisers, and, in particular, confirmation that marker #8A should be passed to its EASTERLY side. By the same afternoon, we had much appreciated, plentiful evidence from multiple captains, that CHART 11553 IS INDEED IN ERROR, AND THAT ALL CRUISERS SHOULD PASS TO THE EAST OF #8A!!!! IGNORE THE DEPICTION OF THE MAGENTA LINE PASSING WEST OF #8A, ON THE CURRENT EDITION OF CHART 11553!
    Read the input below, say a thanks to our fellow cruisers, and then mark your version of 11553!
    Can’t sign off without noting that this is a clear case of the Cruisers’ Net model working to perfection. We hear a report, professionally research the problem by bringing the 50+ combined years of our staff’s Southeastern USA cruising experience to bear, and then ask for on-site input from fellow cruisers. The cruising community responds, and within hours, we have a solution. Pretty neat, huh!

    We passed through on 9/28 and had no problems following the markers. If you stay towards the green markers 7 & 9, you should be ok with good depths around 10-12 ft. Our chart plotter had the 8A and the magenta line correctly place left [East] of 8A.
    Susan Leaf

    Hi Claiborne
    We passed there yesterday 10/7/2012 No problem if you follow the markers not the plotter Passed to the east of 8A water depth was never under 11 ft.
    Larry Ross
    Wanderin’ L&M
    55 Hampton

    We passed through this area on 9/16/2012 with a 130 foot motor yacht and didn’t have any problems. We ran the channel the same way Captain DeHart did, leaving “R” 8A to starboard [#8A's EASTERN side] and had 10 feet or more all the way through. We were drawing 8 feet at the time and got a call from another large yacht behind us who was aware of our draft. He was watching us on AIS and saw that we appeared to pass the marker on the “wrong” side according to his plotter and the magenta line. After assuring him to forget the line he also ran through with the reds to his right and had plenty of water.
    Captain Bill Hipple
    M/Y Lady Kath

    10/6/2012///Sailed to a point approximately 1nm NW of 1AR, joined with the charted magenta line approx half way to G3. Maintened the charted center (magenta line) until through the opening. Experinced nothing that was not charted, in fact we consistantly had 1-2 ft more than charted. Left the chart to proceed to the AR “Marina”.
    We have a shoal draft 4′-9″ but were sailing with another boat with 5 (or more) draft. Again no issues.
    Bob

    If you track the magenta line and draw more than 3 feet, at low tide, you WILL ground in a number of places, North entrance to Alligator River being one.
    The magenta line does NOT provide lateral information, nor indicate a channel. What it does do is indicate the body of water containing the AICW and provide the basis for the mile markers – the chart preparers measure the line to establish the mileages.
    There are a number of points on the ICW where the magenta line passes the wrong side of the mark, not just by gps location, but shown on the NOAA raster charts. There is a location south of Barfoot landing where you will not be able to track the magenta line unless your boat is amphibious.
    A few years ago, one of the revisions of the NOAA raster chart showing Shallotte Inlet provided some wiggles in the magenta line between marks. This would suggest the line might have tracked the channel. Not only did it not, but when we went through the marks had been moved to respond to the recently sounded shoaling pattern.
    John Ferguson

    I was through the intersection of Albermarle and Alligator River on 10/12 and 10/17 with no problems. With my 5 foot draft I always had at least 7 feet under the keel by using the westerly green 3 and hugging the greens all the way through.
    Gray Riddick

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Northern Alligator River

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  • Good Report on Upper Pungo River Anchorages, AICW Statute Mile 127.5

    These anchorages lie just off the AICW, north and northwest of Waterway marker #23 and a short jog west of the Alligator River–Pungo River Canal’s shoal-prone southerly entrance. The easternmost haven is, in our collective opinion, about as good as it gets!

    We anchor here on a regular basis. It is a great location just prior to a northbound entry to the canal. Leave the ICW at marker 24 and you will see no less than 8 foot to the charted anchorage. Good holding in soft mud. It is exposed to the East – South but if it is really blowing you can find more shelter further up the creek. There is a small beach if you have pets. Verizon service comes and goes.
    Dave Boxmeyer

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Upper Pungo Anchorages

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  • Pungo Creek Marina Back Up and Running (North Carolina AICW, Statute Mile 136)

    A few years ago, the cruising community was actively commenting on what was then a newly revamped marina facility, just off the Waterway, south of Belhaven, NC, on the northern shores of Pungo Creek. Pungo Creek Marina was pumping fuel, had a newly opened ship’s store and lounge, and was (and still is) set in one of the most peaceful places imaginable.
    Then, along came strong storms and this facility was all but laid waste. I visited here in March of this year, and could not find any management to speak with, but a long time resident boat owner was most helpful, and it became apparent from our conversation that the future, if any, of this marina, was “iffy.”
    Now, we are very happy to report that new owners have taken over, fuel is once again being pumped, and transients accepted for overnight dockage. And, it just so happens, the boat owner I spoke with back in March, Captain Allen McMurtry, is the new, and super friendly, dockmaster!
    There are no restaurants that can currently be accessed from Pungo Creek Marina’s docks, but Captain Allen will help with landside transportation to the local Food Lion supermarket, and to propane tank exchange and tank refill dealers in nearby Belhaven.
    Of course, it’s only fair to point out that this facility must be weighed against SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Belhaven Waterway Marina, just to the north along the shores of Pantego Creek and the Belhaven waterfront. BWM has the advantage of being within easy walking distance of downtown Belhaven, with its restaurants and historic attractions.
    However, if you prefer a marina that is far, far from the maddening crowed, give Pungo Creek a look as well.
    We would LOVE to hear from fellow cruisers who have spent some time at the new incarnation of Pungo Creek Marina. PLEASE send your impressions to CruisersNet@triad.twcbc.com, or click the “Contribute Cruising News” link/button on the upper right of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages (except Chart View pages).

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Updated Listing For Pungo Creek Marina

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  • Belhaven, NC Guest Dock Welcomes Boaters – Captains Mark and Diana Report (Statute Mile 135.5)

    On the Water GuidebooksWe have run several earlier articles here on the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net concerning the relatively new Belhaven Town Dock (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=77961 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=86346). Now, we are treated to an in-depth report on this facility, courtesy of our “On The Water ChartGuides” strategic partners, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle.
    Note that Belhaven’s new city dock is located along the northern shores of Pantego Creek, just west of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Belhaven Waterway Marina! Follow the “Chart View” link below to see the exact location!

    Hi Claiborne,
    As the summer draws to a close and folks saddle up to begin the migration south, we just wanted to remind everyone that Belhaven, NC now has another option for visiting boaters—and it’s free! For now at least…
    The town completed a guest dock on “Wynn’s Gut,” a small cut right along the town’s waterfront. The dock is located on the side of a small channel, alongside a sidewalk with benches and picnic tables. The town promotes the tie-up as “room for nine 30-foot boats.” There currently are no utilities, but pump-out is planned and will be less than $5, thanks to funds from the Clean Vessel Act. The town also hopes to add electricity and water in the future.
    We visited the dock a couple of months ago, and surveyed depths of 4.5 to 7 feet alongside. There is room for several boats, but the “cut” is narrow and shallows quickly along the opposite (western) side. In other words, it may be easy to pull in, but larger vessels might have trouble turning around to exit.
    Dredging is planned but currently this convenient and affordable option in Belhaven is probably best for somewhat smaller vessels with moderate draft. Larger trawlers, cats, or boats with limited maneuverability, are better served by the anchorages and Belhaven Waterway Marina or Dowry Creek Marina.
    Here is a picture abeam the guest dock, looking southwest back out to Pantego Creek.
    Belhaven has always been a popular cruiser’s stop. The village has a handful of fun little restaurants. It’s also one of the few places along the ICW where you can access a hospital by boat. The supermarket (and fast food and discount store) is along State Highway 99, best accessed from the dinghy landing at the fixed bridge upriver.
    I’ve included a sample page from our new ICW AnchorGuides showing the two Belhaven anchorages and the new town guest dock.
    Best and see you On the Water,
    Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
    www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Belhaven Town Dock

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Pantego Creek Anchorage

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Belhaven Waterway Marina

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Marina Listing For River Forest Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Belhaven Town Dock

  • Praise for Staff of River Forest Manor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 135.5

    252 943 2151. River Forest Manor & Marina is truly a special stop for the Intracoastal yachtsman. For over 45 years, the Marina has been home to the World Famous Buffet Smorgasbord which is served nightly and the incomparable Sunday Brunch (served from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)  Specialties include many Southern style, mouth -watering dishes. Seafood delights such as crabmeat casserole, oyster fritters, and our unique homemade sausages & desserts -- all are prepared daily in our kitchen!River Forest Marina and Manor will be the first facility on your starboard side upon entering Pantego Creek and Belhaven Harbor from Pungo River. And they are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Came into the marina on July 1 to get out of a 70kt thunderstorm. The storm produced an area-wide power outage and the owners and staff wanted to get home to deal with the outage. In spite of that they stayed at the dock, guided me in (first time in Bellhaven), and stayed until I was secure at the dock. They couldn’t offer any amenities as the power outage lasted for more 36 hours, but I was impressed with the level of personal service they provided.
    Agree, it’s not the prettiest marina I’ve been, but it definitely was a good port in a storm.
    John

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  • Good Words for Belhaven Town Dock, Pantego Creek, AICW Statute Mile 135.5

    Construction on this municipal dock was begun this past fall and its completion is very welcome news for folks wanting to visit the charming town of Belhaven, NC. Docking is free with a 24 hour limit and the dock also provides dinghy dockage for cruisers anchored in the nearby Pantego Creek Anchorage.

    Great stop, walk to restaurants, hardware store and real estate offices. The Belhaven Water Street Bed and Breakfast is a block down the street.
    Andrew Fisher

    We stopped at the Belhaven Town Dock a week or so ago, on a Sunday. Across the street we talked to the hardware store owner who is also the Town Manager. He’s very enthusiastic about the dock and told us that by the end of the summer he expects that water and electric hook-ups will be installed.
    BTW, there is no place in town after 2pm on Sunday to go for a meal.
    Wade Ehlen

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  • Dowry Creek Marina Continues to Please, AICW Statute Mile 131.5

    Dowry Creek Marina is a fine family owned and family run marina that has received MANY laudatory reviews here on the Cruisers’ Net. This facility lies off the AICW/Pungo River, north of Belhaven.

    We seldom go to marinas, and there are all sorts of places to anchor out nearby, but this time we stopped just to be sociable, and we were not disappointed. There is a lovely pool, important when the weather is hot, and Mary gathered up everyone she could and had a gathering in the party room, just because I mentioned we were hoping for some visiting. You can’t get more gracious than that. We will make this a must do stop in the future as so many of our friends have always done.
    Beverly Feiges

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  • Rocky Night at River Forest Manor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 135.5

    252 943 2151. River Forest Manor & Marina is truly a special stop for the Intracoastal yachtsman. For over 45 years, the Marina has been home to the World Famous Buffet Smorgasbord which is served nightly and the incomparable Sunday Brunch (served from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)  Specialties include many Southern style, mouth -watering dishes. Seafood delights such as crabmeat casserole, oyster fritters, and our unique homemade sausages & desserts -- all are prepared daily in our kitchen!River Forest Marina and Manor will be the first facility spied upon entering Pantego Creek and Belhaven Harbor from Pungo River. And they are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Took 2 footers on the swim platty while berthed there and got no sleep. Lesson learned. Nice people, complimentary golf cart to go into town and decent wifi. Would stay there again, but not with an E SE or S blow.
    KJ

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