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Archive For: SC – 6- Stono River to North Edisto River

  • Tidal Currents and Restricted Bridge on AICW/Wappoo Creek – Elliott Cut (near St. M. 471)

    South of Charleston, the AICW leaves the Ashely River and traverses a partially man-made, partially natural creek/canal known as both Wappoo Creek and Elliott Cut. To say that tidal currents boil through this passage is something akin to announcing that the sun it a little bit bright.
    And, apparently the South Carolina DOT feels our on-the-water lives need even more spice, so one of the bridges crossing this passage carries a closed vertical clearance of 33 feet, and a restricted opening schedule. Below, Captain Ted Jones, former publisher of the late, great “Coastal Cruising” magazine, relates a short story about how commercial traffic can sometimes make these waters even more exciting!

    We waited for half an hour for the Wapoo Creek bridge’s scheduled opening at 0900. Two tugs pushing construction barges were waiting on the other side, going north. When I heard them call, I told the bridge tender that we would allow them to pass through ahead of us, but in when the bridge opened they were so far back that I wasn’t sure they were coming. We, and the sailboat waiting behind us, got through and out of the way well before the tug captains were ready to go through.
    Ted Jones

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Wappoo Creek – Elliott Cut

  • Praise for Church Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 487.5)

    Adding their positive experience to the many comments in praise of this anchorage, the crew of Elixir names Church Creek as a favorite. Eighteen miles south of Charleston, Church Creek, with 13-22 ft. depths, lies east of the AICW’s flashing green daybeacon #77.

    Submitted on 2010/06/12 at 9:52am
    We spent 2 nights here, 6-11 & 12-10. Very nice and peaceful. Straight off the ICW- East from green 77 at about 487.5mm. Anchored off the small dock- only one. Seems like excellent holding. Beautiful sunrise. This is definitely going into our log book as a favorite stop. Would have good protection from SW wind. Otherwise more of a fair weather anchorage.
    Charlie and Jackie
    on Elixir

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Church Creek Anchorage

  • More Details on a Recent Shoaling at AICW/North Edisto River/Dawho River Intersection (Statute Mile 497)

    Captain Larry Shick shares more details of his recent grounding at the intersection of N. Edisto and Dawho Rivers:

    Further on my earlier experience:
    I think we hit the shoal amidships at the Lat/Lon given. It was difficult to tell in the muddy water, but it appeared that one could transit the intersection either (a) *VERY* close to (within 200′ of) marker 110 or (b) as we eventually did traveling due East at 32-37.5N. By then we were at +2′ tide and after getting unstuck we saw no less than 7′.
    Larry Shick aboard S/V Moira

    Click Here To View the Original Posting on a Grounding at the Intersection of N Edisto and Dawho Rivers

  • More Good Words for Tom Point Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 495.5)

    Tom Point Creek anchorages are among the best south of Charleston, as a number of you have commented.

    Submitted on 2010/05/22 at 6:13pm
    We pulled into Tom Point Creek on 4/27/10. It has been a blustery day and we had to run 2+ miles upstream before we found a spot with trees to block the gusting wind. We dropped the hook and were joined shortly by two other boats, one upstream and one down stream. Holding was good, and we spent a quiet evening. Not much local traffic.
    Captain Dick Litchfield

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Tom Point Creek Anchorages

  • Tom Point Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 495.5)

    Tom Point Creek cuts the western shores of North Edisto River, well south, southwest of flashing daybeacon #102

    The most delightful creek is Tom Point Creek. Keep going up it for at least 2 miles and you’ll have great protection from trees, deep water and perfect natural silence. I was visited there by a large loggerhead turtle and several friendly dolphins.
    Captain Arnold

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Tom Point Creek

  • Wappo Creek – Elliott Cut Anchorage (Statute Mile 471)

    The Wappo Creek – Elliott Cut Anchorage lies just off the AICW’s track through these twin streams, between the Ashely and Stono Rivers. It makes for a good spot to anchor if you are waiting for a fair tide on Wappo Creek – Elliott Cut. The tide BOILS thorugh these streams!!!

    Anchored here again 4-13-10. The mooring ball is gone so we anchored closer to the west end in 14 feet of water near low tide. Pretty good protection from wakes.
    Jean Thomason

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Wappo Creek – Elliott Cut Anchorage

  • Boat Storage Near Charleston, SC

    The question and answer below are copied from the Net’s “Ask Your Neighbor” page, which was, in turn, copied form the AGLCA mail list. Of course, no surprise here. We particularly recommend Ross Marine, and these good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Telephone: (843)559-0379 | FAX: (843)559-3172 | Address: 2676 Swygert Blvd., John's Island, SC 29455 | E-mail: | We are the Southeast’s premiere yacht repair facility located on thWe are heading N from Savannah and just found our daughter inlaw is having our grandbaby a few weeks earlier than expected. We’ll be gone from the boat a few weeks so would like it kept on the hard until we return. Please suggest a Charleston area boat yard or marina for this.
    Roger & Mary Carter
    Jolly Roger

    Roger & Mary,
    In the Charleston area it is very unusual to store a boat on the hard. Even in the dead of winter boats are in the water. Having said that there are three boatyards in the area you can try
    Rockville Marine
    Ross Marine
    The City Boatyard
    Your other option is to leave the boat in a Marina.

    I have a boat at Bohicket Marina and would suggest leaving your boat there in the water.
    B. Sanders

  • St. Johns Yacht Harbor (on the Stono River, just off the AICW, near St. M. 472.5)

    St. Johns Yacht Harbor will be spied along the western shores of the Stono River (just south of Charleston, SC), a short hop south of the AICW’s westerly exodus from Wappoo Creek and Elliott Cut. These good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    We stayed here on January 12 2010 on oue way south. It is a great place. Everyone is friendly and helpful. It is so late in the year that the store is closed, however they did offer to open it if we needed something. The laundry and bathrooms are first class, they look brand new and were spotless. You will need food on the boat as the restaurant is still under construction. They also have a pool, that needless to say was closed this time of year. One thing, the diesel pump is VERY SLOW. IT too me around half an hour to pump 220 gallons. However, the word is that this will be fixed in the near future.
    The bottom line, if you are in the area you can’t go wrong with this place.
    Dave Boxmeyer

  • Tom Point Creek Anchorage (off AICW/North Edisto River, St. M. 495.5)

    We also love dropping the hook on the waters of Tom Point Creek. Except for a slight restriction on swinging room, it doesn’t get much better than this!

    Our favorite anchorage in SC. If you go to the third turn (way up the creek) then there is a bar that is exposed at low tide. Be careful, but just before it is our favorite place to stop. A few small bass boats may come by from time to time, but that is no big deal. Also, the dolphins are great many times.
    John Winter

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Tom Point Creek

  • Mariners Cay Marina (off Stono River and located on Folly River)

    Mariners Cay Marina is located well off the AICW, a stone’s throw from this stream’s inlet into the briny blue. To reach its docks, you must traverse a twisting channel in Folly River.
    I used to be thoroughly unimpressed with Mariners Cay Marina, but there have been MANY improvements here since the last edition of my South Carolina – Georgia cruising guide went to press. And, the dredging described below is yet another excellent addition.

    The Mariner Cay Marina has completed a dredging project and all slips now have a minimum depth of 7 feet. A great spot to stop for a overnight or longer.
    Bob Eggleston

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Mariners Cay Marina

  • Stono River – AICW Anchorages (Statute Mile 472)

    In this note below, the crew of “Restless” is referring to the two potential anchorage, north and south of Elliott Cut’s westerly entrance. The AICW travels though this man-made canal on its way from Ashley River (Charleston) to the Stono River. I have anchored in both these spots myself over the years, and have seen many others do so, BUT these are very unsheltered waters, and “Restless” is quite correct in relating that there is PLENTY of current.
    You might consider the recommended waters (see below), off the Stono’s western banks, north of St. Johns Yacht Harbor (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR) and the Highway 701 bridge. I’ve never tried dropping the hook here, but it sounds as if “Restless” found a good overnight haven.

    I would not anchor in either of these two locations shown by the western entrance to Elliott Cut. The current really rips through here because the river narrows down as it swings past the shoal. A better location to anchor is to the south-west, along the western shoreline just north of the St. John’s Yacht Harbor marina. Be aware that there can be a 5-6 ft. tide here when picking your spot to drop the hook. The current in that location is somewhat less, but be prepared to swing through 180 as the tides change. You can dinghy to the marina for ice, etc. Call them on VHF 16, they will shift you to VHF 71. Inquire about facilities use if you are anchored out. See the listing for this marina it is accurate.
    S/V Restless

    I [anchored] several miles from the spot in question (up the Ashley River) and have been anchoring near the more Southern of the two spots shown for several years, but as close to the point as possible considering the water depth. This is one place we go just to get away but not go far.
    I will agree on the lack of shelter but we only go in fair weather. We anchor overnight and although there can be a strong current, we have never slipped anchor.
    Moving down towards St. Johns Harbor, there is a large shoal where local go to beach and play. Also, there have been some sunken boats in that area.
    Rod Widman

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Stono River – AICW Anchorges

  • Wappoo Creek – Elliott Cut Anchorage (Statute Mile 471)

    This little anchorage is located behind (south of) a small marsh island, just west of the Highway 171 swing bridge. As Captain Thomason notes below, swing room is a bit limited, so take care when dropping the hook here.

    Anchored here September 23 (and have before) just about at the large pole that says Freddy, Freddy, Good anchorage but always have the concern of being blown either towards the grass island or over toward the docks. There is a mooring buoy right in the middle of the curve that restricts where one can anchor.
    Jean Thomason

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Wappoo Creek – Elliott Cut Anchorage

  • Toogoodoo Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 495)

    The confluence of Toogoodoo Creek and Wadmalaw River forms the North Edisto River. The AICW leaves the Wadmalaw and cuts down the North Edisto, before leaving this latter body of water via the Dawho River.
    I have always loved anchoring on Toogoodoo Creek, but you do have to be careful of the shoals flanking this stream’s entrance. At high tide the mud flats cover completely, and the channel appears to the uninformed eye to be much wider than it actually is. Take great care when entering, but once the stream’s mouth is in your wake, you can choose from a wide variety of good spots to drop the hook!

    We anchored in Toogoodoo Creek on the afternoon of June 11, 2009 at 1450 hours, after departing Beaufort, SC, at 0935 that morning. The shoal at the entrance wasn’t a problem – we just followed the electronic chart and stayed away from the shoal area on the north side of the entrance. We dropped the anchor in about 12 feet of water just past the stretch where the creek runs basically east-west and turns NW, more or less over the charted 11 foot depth. Good water all the way in, and the creek is wide enough for the small boat traffic to pass by without feeling too much of a wake. Holding is excellent (SuperMax with chain) and Sanderling stayed put during a severe thunderstorm that passed through about 2100 with winds we clocked at 56 knots at the height of the storm!
    Bob McLeran and Judy Young

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Toogoodoo Creek

  • Tom Point Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 495.5)

    On 9/1/09, as part of a “South Carolina Wish List,” I posed the following question:

    29. Has anyone anchored on the Waters of Tom Point Creek lately (off the western banks of the North Edisto River/AICW, south of Toogoodoo Creek). What depths did you discover? Did you find sufficient swing room for your vessel?

    Responses follow:

    We anchored in Tom Point Creek,in April, 2007. We anchored about 0.5 miles up (the 9′ spot on the chart) and found the depths as charted with plenty of swinging room for us (41′ sail). Very pretty
    James Lea
    S/V Estelle

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Tom Point Creek

  • Ross Marine (Statute Mile 476.5)

    On 9/1/09, as part of a “South Carolina Wish List,” I posed the following question:

    26. Has anybody made use of the repair facilities at Ross Marine on the Stono River? Please describe your experience!

    Responses follow:

    Ross Marine has a good honest reputation locally – though bearing in mind that most marina repairs can be horrendously expensive these days……
    Best wishes

    Back in May we stayed for repairs at Ross Marine. They were attentive and polite.
    The repair work was well done and they tried to accomodate us as best they could. They are not set up (no pump out) for liveaboard…… for repairs only but they certainly did that well. If your repair needs a few days, you can rent a car from Enterprise and explore Charleston or stay in one of the motels nearby.
    Sami and Barry Shreve
    s/v Ever After 

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Ross Marine

  • Fierce Tidal Currents on Wappoo Creek – Elliott Cut (near Statute Mile 470)

    On 9/1/09, as part of a “South Carolina Wish List,” I posed the following question:

    25. Has anyone experienced the fierce tidal currents running through Wappoo Creek and Elliot Cut? The AICW uses this partially man-made passage to run between the Ashley and Stono Rivers. What did you do to minimize the effects of these swiftly moving waters?

    Responses follow:

    Hi Claiborne,
    Have taken S/V Nisus thru Elliott’s Cut many times, normally I just close my eyes and gun it! :)
    Seriously, the best way if going South try to time it for a rising tide, hold her in the middle and try to keep your speed as fast and steady as possible. Do the same if heading North except on a falling tide.
    Lee Ann
    “Oh, dolce far niente!”

    Elliot Cut, if you are a MY and the tide is running hard towards you, suggest not following any sailboat, as they will going much slower than you will want to travel. Wait outside the cut and give the sailboat time. Next time, I will adjust my trip to start Elliot Cut a high slack tide.
    Pat M
    MY COMPROMISE ( 2004 Carver 366)

    Elliott Cut and Wappoo Creek. If we hit the tides wrong it is just slow going but didn’t seem to move my cat around too much.
    Best Regards
    S/V Chez Nous

    If you have a low powered sailboat, best to wait for a tide change to go through the Elliot Cut – the current can regularly reach 5 knots. But if you have enough power it’s really no big deal. Incidentally during the War of Independence, British battleships, moored out at sea off the Stono River, decided to try to take Charleston by surprise from the rear (like the Japanese did in Singapore many years later) . They built several long boats carrying 100 soldiers each and one night with muffled oars they silently rowed through Elliot Cut and successfuly took command for two years or so – before finally being chucked out by that dreadful fellow the Swamp Fox. ( I comment as an Englishman :-)
    Best wishes

    Subject: Elliot Cut at SM 472.2 Southbound
    Cruising News: I strongly suggest that southbound boaters with an incoming tide and northbound boaters with an ebb tide be extra alert for Securitee calls regarding the passage through the .4 mile cut. Current can exceed 5 knots. Southbound you will not see northbound trafic until just before you enter the cut. If you get into the cut and then realize that a northbound barge has the cut blocked you will have a difficult time getting turned around and out of the way. If you are in an under powered sailboat it may not be possible. I urge you to make a sucuritee call of your own on Ch 16 and Ch13 and request opposing trafic to contact you. We did, heard nothing, but within five minutes of passing through the cut we were facing a northbound barge. The situation could have been entirely different.
    Dave on GB 46 At Last

  • North Edisto River Unmarked Shoal (opposite Ledenwah Creek)

    The shallows reported below by Captains Denny and Diane, are NOT found along the AICW’s passage down North Edisto River. Rather, this shoal lies south (downstream) of the Waterway’s exit of the North Edisto via the Dawho River.
    I have looked at chart 11517, and I think the shoal in question lies along the river’s southwestern banks. As noted below, it is unmarked, but charted, though it sounds like depths here are even less than shown on 11517.

    And a quick note of a shoal that is not marked on the North Edisto River. It is directly across from Ledenwah Creek on the south side of river. At low tide we FOUND less than 2 feet, and yes we found it the hard way!!
    Fair Winds and Following Seas
    Denny & Diane

  • Bohicket Marina (North Edisto River)

    On 9/1/09, as part of a “South Carolina Wish List,” I posed the following question:

    32. Has anyone docked at Bohicket Marina Village (off the southerly reaches of the North Edisto River by way of Bohicket Creek)? Please describe your experiences. Oh yes, a review of one or more of the many on-site restaurants would not be amiss either.

    Responses follow:

    Bohicket is a very nice marina, with large slips and very kind folks running the marina. Fischer’s Sports Bar still has one of the best cheese burgers to be had. It is always a good time and has good food and friendly folks, Tracy and AJ, (owners), are always trying to help folks out and serve fresh good food.
    And a quick note of a shoal that is not marked on the North Edisto River. It is directly across from Ledenwah Creek on the south side of river. At low tide we FOUND less than 2 feet, and yes we found it the hard way!!
    Fair Winds and Following Seas
    Denny & Diane

    Bohicket Creek Marina. The cruise up the N. Edisto River and Bohicket creek was uneventful, but when we got to the Marina the current had picked up quite a bit. After we got our slip assignment from the “dockmaster”, we had no further help tying up. It wasn’t busy when we approached, but the dockhouse was quite a way from our slip. I guess he didn’t feel like walking all that way. The marina is more of a private condo development that rents out transient slips. It may have been better in previous years.
    Joy and Shel Rabin, aboard m/v Evening Star.

    This is one of my favorite SC marinas. The marina offers fuel, showers, and dockage while the area is a great place to spend a couple of days. There are restaurants at the marina plus just a short walk up the road there is a shopping area with more restaurants. Fischer’s Sports Bar is great. There is a great grocery store that is similar to a Fresh Market with wines, cooked foods, and much more. The shops make for a pleasant shopping experience. My husband and I enjoy our mini-vacations boating there.
    Judith Richardson

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bohicket Marina

  • SECURITE Call Recommended for Wappoo Creek and Elliot Cut (near Statute Mile 470)

    I had never thought about making a "SECURITE" call when entering Wappoo Creek/Elliot Cut, but with the spend tidal currents boil through here, not to mention the narrow width of the channel, and the restricted bascule bridge. it sounds like a GOOD idea!

    Subject: SECURITE at Elliott Cut
    Cruising News: For those coming north (east-bound) for the first time it is important to note that the west-bound channel into the cut is obscured to vision and radar by beautiful high trees. It can be very useful to make a SECURITE call (on 16 AND 13) when entering the cut from either direction.  We did and received no response.  Halfway into the Cut and fully committed, we were greeted by an unannounced towboat, barge and 300 foot string of dredge pipe plus two heavy tenders steering the string.  The tow boat took her half in the middle, and we moved as far right as keeping the keel intact would allow.  We ended up with 20 feet of clearance on each side.  Fortunately, we timed this passage for slack before flood.  Unfortunately, so did the tow captain.  We don't know why he didn't respond to the SECURITE.  We are told by locals difficult to maneuver commercial tows frequently time their trips through Elliott Cut for Slack Water. Suggest folks plan accordingly and make the SECURITE call.
    Chris Waln

  • Important – AICW Shallow Water at Intersection of Dawho and North Edisto Rivers (Statute Mile 495.5)

    Captain Bob's message report below of shallow water at the intersection of the Dawho and North Edisto Rivers is not good news. This stretch of the Waterway was just dredged recently, and it appears as if shoals are already encroaching on the AICW anew. Take great care when transiting this section of the Waterway, and if possible, time your passage for high or at least mid-tide.

    Subject: ICW 496.5 Shoaling
    Cruising News: Today, approximately 1 hour before low tide, we went aground as we exited the Dawho River to the North Edisto River at approximately ICW Mile Marker 495.5  The chart shows 15-17 feet and we went agound with a draft of 4.5 feet.  Warned other boats as they came down the Dawho River and they were successful by aiming at Red daymarker 110 from Green day marker 111 and passing daymarker 110 to port by about 50 feet.  We were probably 200 feet to the south of this marker.
    Bob Hermans
    on "Sojourn"

    And, here's another report concerning the same shallows, received within hours of Captain Bob's message above:

    Subject: AICW/Dawho River (near Statute Mile 500)
    Cruising News: At appoximately two hrs to before low tide we passed this area today. From Marker red 116 to Marker Red 112 the depth was 5 ft and less ( as low as 3' 8".WE were unable to find any deeper water towards Green marker 115 at all. Afer Marker 112 the depths shown on throm Red 110e east side of the channel as 14, 15, and 17 do not exist. As 44 ft trawller was aground on the 17 depth marker south east of marker RED 110. A slow trip found deeper water towards the West bank and staying about 30 feet from Red 110.  It appears the shoal on the East bank has encroached way out into what was the deepest part and caution says stay west of the Magenta line till the RED 110.
    John E. Burns
    Gpsy Time

    Well, let it never be said that the Army Corps of Engineers is not responsive. Within three hours of posting the above two messages, Captain Mike Verdolini, of the Charleston ACOE office called our office. Turns out he reads the "South Carolina" section of the Cruisers' Net every weekday. That's quite a compliment.
    Anyway, Mike allowed that the latest ACOE survey map does not show anything like the "15" and "17" foot soundings southwest of marker #110, pictured on NOAA chart 11518. His surveys show the AICW channel far closer to #110, just where Captain Hermans (see above) found the better depths. So, clearly, the trick is to stay away from the southern shores of the Dawho River, as you cruise east into the North Edisto River.
    Captain Mike also speculated that the shoal depths reported above by Captain Burns between #15 and #17 might have been the result of his accidentally getting into the correctly charted shoal that stretches southeast from #117. These shallows lie southwest of the Waterway channel. 
    The AICW/Dawho River passage has always been at least a bit challenging, and, clearly, current conditions still meet that description.

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