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Archive For: SC – 2 – Waccamaw River to Winyah Bay

  • A Cruise to Discover Conway, SC via the Upper Waccamaw River, off the AICW

    Departing the Waterway at statute mile 375, four miles south of the Socastee Bridge, this “off-road” venture on the lovely, upper section of the Waccamaw River, abandoned by the AICW, has pleased many cruisers and has proven to be a worthy side trip. Please be sure to read the comments found in the links below.
    One fixed bridge does lie between the AICW and Conway. We have never found a published vertical clearance for this span, but it has always appeared to us to be 30 feet or so. Clearly, the wonderful side cruise to Conway is off limits for most sailcraft.

    We took the 15 mile trip off the ICW up the river to Conway Marina April 11, 2012. It was worth the time as the Waccamaw River along this stretch has a Tom Sawyer feel to it. The [Conway City] marina transient dock is basic. No water but electric service. Conway is a great town to ride a bike in with the well marked bike trail and river front park. Certainly worth a visit to Conway for anyone looking for a different stop for doing some sightseeing. Friendly people!
    Doyle and LaVisa

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Conway City Marina

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  • Good Report from Island Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 375.5

    Island Anchorage lies off the rear of the loop stream, north and northeast of flashing daybeacon #29, 3.5 nautical miles south of Socastee Bridge.

    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.
    Max Miller

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina ICW Anchorage Directory Listing For Island Anchorage

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  • Shad Fishing In the AICW/Waccamaw River, SC

    The legal season for shad gill net fishing runs from Nov 1 to Mar 1. Gill fishing is only allowed on Wednesdays,  Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Fortunately for we cruisers, there’s only a few days remaining in the season. In the meantime, watch for these local fishermen and, as usual, give their small boats a very slow, no wake pass! As a kid, I helped my Dad and Grandad tend their gill nets in the Ocmulgee River in GA and we often fished well after dark.

    Helping a friend bring his new boat from Little River, SC to Charleston, SC, we were cruising the ICW on the Waccamaw River when we cam upon a man in a jon boat waving an orange PFD at us and motioning us away from a line of what we thought were crab trap markers. We went on around and a few miles later had much the same experience only the guy waved and pulled up to us and told us he had a net strung between two floats.
    We spent the night at a marina in Georgetown, SC and asked the staff about this. Apparently, there is a certain time of year when people are allowed to place nets across the river to catch shad. They cannot block more than one half the river and must be on duty the entire time to warn boaters away from their nets. Just FYI.

  • A Big THANK YOU from Bucksport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 377

    At Bucksport cruising visitors will discover all new docks, new power pedestals, a newly reopened on-site restaurant, clean – climate controlled showers and laundromat, as well as a warm welcome for the cruising communityIn 2010 – 2011 Bucksport Marina, now a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, closed for an extended period of time for renovation and expansion. Now reopened under new, cruiser friendly ownership and management, this facility, along with its also newly reopened, on-site restaurant, makes for a great stop between Myrtle Beach and Georgetown. Bucksport Marina is set in a lovely location on what many consider to be the most beautiful portion of the entire AICW, the Waccamaw River.

    I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANKS FOR THE KIND COMMENTS AND INVITE ALL WHO PASSED US BY ON THE WAY SOUTH THIS PAST FALL,TO STOP ON YOUR WAY BACK AND TRY US OUT, I PROMISE YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. IF YOU HAVE FRIENDS WITH AN RV WE HAVE OPENED OUR BRAND NEW CAMPGROUND WITH FULL HOOK UPS AND DRIVE THROUGH SITES. WE WILL KEEP OUR EYES ON THE HORIZON FOR NEW FRIENDS TO COME BY, SMOOTH SAILING TO ALL.
    THANKS,
    RALPH SIMMS,
    BUCKSPORT MARINA

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Bucksport Plantation Marina

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  • More Good Words For Bucksport Marina (Statute Mile 377)

    At Bucksport cruising visitors will discover all new docks, new power pedestals, a newly reopened on-site restaurant, clean – climate controlled showers and laundromat, as well as a warm welcome for the cruising communityThis NEW Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net sponsor is really racking up the “kudos” during the early months of 2012! Well, of course, they are now an SSECN SPONSOR!

    Cruising News:
    Glad to see you have these folks as a new sponsor . They are very welcoming and should definitely be a stop.
    Geoff Groat

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

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  • Praise for Bucksport Plantation Marina, AICW Statute Mile 377

    At Bucksport cruising visitors will discover all new docks, new power pedestals, a newly reopened on-site restaurant, clean – climate controlled showers and laundromat, as well as a warm welcome for the cruising communityIn 2010 – 2011 Bucksport Marina, now a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, closed for an extended period of time for renovation and expansion. Now reopened under new, cruiser friendly ownership and management, this facility, along with its also newly reopened, on-site restaurant, makes for a great stop between Myrtle Beach and Georgetown. Bucksport Marina is set in a lovely location on what many consider to be the most beautiful portion of the entire AICW, the Waccamaw River.

    1/21/12
    We pulled into Bucksport Marina after deciding that too late to anchor in very deep anchorage. Nice accommodations at the tall wooden dock with great dock hands. There are floating docks but not for our 21 foot beam. had dinner at the Seaweed Grill and was very pleased. the steak was exceptional and the grilled cabbage was delicious. they have been open only a short time but are off to a good start with the new owners. Many locals were coming in as we finished our early dinner. would stop here again.
    Dick Flaherty

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Bucksport Plantation Marina

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  • More Praise for Osprey Marina, AICW Statute Mile 373

    Osprey Marina , owned by Carson Benton, is at mile marker 373 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach. Osprey Marina offers a protected harbor 150 yards off the waterway accessible by a private dOsprey Marina lies at the southern foot of AICW section known officially as the Pine Island Cut (a. k. a. “the Rock Pile”), just as the Waterway sweeps south into beautiful Waccamaw River. Osprey Marina is one of the finest marinas you will ever discover, and these good folks are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Subject: Osprey Marina
    To: CruisingWriter@cruisersnet.net
    Claiborne,
    Osprey Marina. A quick 1/8 mile off the ICW!
    Nice snack bar.
    Great people!
    Great fuel prices!
    Good depth!
    Very reasonable dock rates.
    And with their new dock, they can accommodate 100ft boats. I have no trouble fueling up with my 63 Viking.
    Stu Schechter
    M/V Evening Star

    There is nothing I can think of to say! The personell at Osprey are just the most professional, from the highly skilled dock master to the office staff. When we pulled in we knew just what to expect. Wonderful, if you don’t stop there you’ll miss a treat!
    Terry and Charlotte

    I happened to stop at Osprey southbound a year ago. Returning this spring I made a special effort to reach there arriving just at closing time. No problem. I requested an easy exit space because I had one cranky engine. No problem. The staff are all helpful, cheerful and positive. They are on my list for the next trip.
    Jamiedhu aboard Gemini 34

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

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  • Dining Situation Changes at Osprey Marina (Statute Mile 373.5)

    Osprey Marina , owned by Carson Benton, is at mile marker 373 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach. Osprey Marina offers a protected harbor 150 yards off the waterway accessible by a private dUpon receiving the message below, we immediately telephoned SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Osprey Marina, and learned that Captain Good’s observations below are quite correct. Due to slow landside traffic during the summer months, the on-site grill is indeed not currently operating. Also, South Carolina DOT work on a small “channel bridge” nearby has closed direct access from Ospry to Scatori’s Italan Restaurant, which normally picks boaters up from the docks and returns them to the marina after dining. The road work in question was originally slated for completion this November, but, surprise, surprise, that date has been put off until the latter part of December, 2011.
    Fortunately, all is not lost when it comes to shoreside dining. The 707 Diner (843-215-7707) and Delaney’s Dog Haus (843-650-8336), will both make food deliveries to the marina parking lot. And, Captain Lynn at Osprey tells us Delaney’s has “the best cheeseburgers in the world.”
    Even with these dining changes, Osprey Marina remains one of the very best marinas in northeastern South Carolina. Pay them a visit, and you won’t be sorry!

    Cruising News:
    We stopped at Osprey Marina 10/08/11 for fuel and to spend the night. Scatori will not pick up for dinner or deliver because of a bridge being out. The cafe at the marina is closed at present.
    Nice folks. 1.00 per foot.tied up at their fuel dock for the night.
    Reggie Good

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

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  • Good Visit to Thoroughfare Creek, AICW Statute Mile 389

    Certainly the Waccamaw River is one of the most scenic portions of the AICW. The dark waters and moss-hung cypress trees take you to another time before GPS and Iphones. Ben seems to have found a favorite spot in Thoroughfare Creek. These two anchorages lie west of the Waccamaw River/ICW flashing daybeacon #73.

    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 swimming. 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 “development”.
    Skipper Ben

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

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  • A Caution about Launch Ramps at Bucksport Plantation Marina, AICW Statute Mile 377

    For many years one of the most popular stops between Myrtle Beach and Georgetown, Bucksport Plantation Marina, closed for an extended period of renovation, is now fully reopened after undergoing much needed upgrades. It is still a lovely location on what many consider to be the loveliest portion of the entire Waterway.

    The current (7/24/11) ramp at Bucksport Marina near Conway on the Waccamaw River is not good for heavy boats. Our diesel 250 in 4WD lo could not pull out our Searay 260. Water tank was empty and gas less than half full. The ramp is too steep and tops out in gravel well before your boat is to the top of the ramp. A call two weeks prior to the marina was placed and we were told we were ok with our size boat. Unfortunately that was not so. The marina store is not open yet and we got no help out of the restaurant workers this morning (all kids) when we were stuck on the ramp. A nice gentleman that had his boat slipped there helped to pull us out and said they were supposed to be building two new ramps and opening the store soon.
    Kes Crumpler

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Bucksport Plantation Marina

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  • More Good Words for Osprey Marina, AICW Statute Mile 373

    Osprey Marina , owned by Carson Benton, is at mile marker 373 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach. Osprey Marina offers a protected harbor 150 yards off the waterway accessible by a private dOsprey Marina lies right where the Waterway leaves Pine Island Cut (a. k. a. “the Rock Pile”) and sweeps south into the beautiful Waccamaw River. Osprey Marina is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    By the way, on a trip with friends to Georgetown on our boat from the Oak Island area, we stopped at several marinas (Obviously not in a hurry). Osprey Marina was a real treat on our way home. We arrived late, but had plenty of help from slip holders who couldn’t have been more friendly. Osprey mgmt left us a welcome bag, just as they said they would and we enjoyed our stay. One other point, their fuel was the cheapest on our entire trip and their charge per foot was much less than other marinas. Although we enjoyed each of the other marina’s where we stayed, Osprey was literally half the cost and offered first rate facilities. Thanks for the recommendation. We will be returning.
    Mike and Carolyn Hackett

    We, too, very much enjoyed our few days at Osprey Marina on our way North in April. It is a beautiful harbor in a lovely spot off the Waccamaw River. One feature that your reviewer did not mention is that the Italian restaurant in a nearby shopping area will send a car to pick you up if you choose to dine with them. After dining, you can do your re-provisioning and then you will be driven back to the marina. Very convenient and thoughtful. We recommend Osprey!
    Maureen Nemecek

    I totally agree with other favorable comments regarding Osprey; we stayed there in Nov. 2010 on the way South to Fl. and on our return trip. Prices are excellent and fair and the staff very helpful and friendly. What can I say, the owner is a Clemson man !!!
    Skipper Pat Kenefick

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

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  • Sunday Traffic on the Upper Waccamaw River, near AICW Statute Mile 380

    Sunday Boaters! Hot Dogging can occur anywhere – in a quiet anchorage or in front of a crowded marina where wakes and noise seem not to matter in the least to the offending boaters. The quiet waters of the beautiful Waccamaw River would be a very tempting playground for such Sunday drivers.

    [Sunday, April 24, 2011] I was amazed – astonished – at the amount of small boat traffic on the upper Waccamaw. Many drunken kiddies showing off on a nice early spring day!
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

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  • Good Run and Good Depths from Dewees Creek to Myrtle Beach, AICW Statute Miles 455-355

    We have received a number of recent reports of shoaling south of McClellanville and have set a Navigation Alert near green marker #37, statute mile 431.

    4/24/2011, we departed Dewees Creek NORTHBOUND, at 06h15, about 1 hour before low tide. That brought us through Andersonville and McClellanville through the low tide period in the area. Our chartplotter’s Tide Almanac reported the low tide at 0.3 ft above datum for that low tide. Several observations. It was a very quiet morning on the water, so we ran the charted midline course. For that entire 25 mile run, we never saw less than (to be very conservative) 8 to 8.5 ft of water. Yes, lots of mud flats and dock floats sitting on the bottom, and careful about following the magenta line, but no water depth problems! Second, after the tide started rising around McClellanville, we had a fair current all the way in to Myrtle Beach. In fact, we averaged about 1 mile per hour greater SOG than we run in normal, still water over that distance, and made 100 miles from 06h15 to 17h45, which we deemed a long but not uncomfortable day.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

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  • Capt. Ted Visits Osprey Marina, AICW, Statute Mile 373

    Osprey Marina , owned by Carson Benton, is at mile marker 373 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach. Osprey Marina offers a protected harbor 150 yards off the waterway accessible by a private dOsprey Marina lies right where the Waterway leaves Pine Island Cut (a. k. a. “the Rock Pile”) and sweeps south into the beautiful Waccamaw River. Osprey Marina is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    One of the perks of docking at Osprey Marina is the willingness of a local Italian restaurant to either deliver a meal or come fetch the crew members and take them to the restaurant. Twice we’ve had excellent pizza delivered, but this time we asked to be picked up and driven there. The driver was within a minute of the appointed 6 pm time, picking us up in his own Honda. We were served gigantic portions of lasagna and penne al la vodka, which we are still eating days later. The same pizza delivery guy drove us home to Osprey, and we were back aboard before sundown.

    Staying at Osprey due to the above reviews. Agree with all said above. Miles was excellent getting us settled in. We are still well provisioned so we did not take up the restaurant service but were told that was an excellent food and groceries.
    Janet aboard s/v Triple Play

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

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  • Captain Ted Cruises AICW/Wacca​maw River

    Scenic, historic Waccamaw River flows across Horry County from its northern boundary of North Carolina to its southern boundary at Georgetown County where it empties at the end of its 140 miles journey. Stately live oak trees draped with Spanish moss border the banks of the black water that has served Horry citizens from beginning days of Native American settlements, Revolutionary battles, Civil War skirmishes and African-American communities to the present. Exerpted from www.horrycounty.org

    The cruise up the Waccamaw River was spectacular. There was almost no other boat traffic, always a plus, and the weather was superb — clear blue skies and the sort of sparkling clarity in the air one only gets following a passing cold front. The river is wide, getting gradually narrower as one heads upstream, and the foliage on either bank was lush and green. The smooth water was marred only by it’s brown color. This was once big time rice-growing country, and the fields by the river are open and flat with what once were active tidal dams at intervals along the river banks which were used for controlled flooding of the rice paddies. It was cool and sunny, and the current was with us. What more could one ask for?
    Checking back to the log of this stretch a year ago, one will find that we were bedeviled by black and yellow flies on this portion of the cruise, and while they didn’t seem to be hungry, they were a disturbing distraction to our enjoyment. Nothing of the sort marred this beautiful day, and we were almost disappointed when the river became narrow and meandering, meaning we were almost at our destination.
    Ted Jones

  • Praise for Osprey Marina, AICW Statute Mile 373.5

    Osprey Marina , owned by Carson Benton, is at mile marker 373 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach. Osprey Marina offers a protected harbor 150 yards off the waterway accessible by a private dOsprey Marina lies right where the Waterway leaves the Pine Island Cut (a. k. a. “the Rock Pile”) and sweeps south into the beautiful Waccamaw River. Osprey Marina is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! so let them know you read about them here!

    I have stopped several times at the Osprey Marina for fuel (best prices) and left my boat there for a month a couple of years ago. Sheri and the other employees were helpful and friendly and the prices were very reasonable….this is a VERY nice marina.
    Skipper Jock Ames

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

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  • Good Times at Osprey Marina (Statute Mile 373.5)

    Osprey Marina , owned by Carson Benton, is at mile marker 373 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach. Osprey Marina offers a protected harbor 150 yards off the waterway accessible by a private dOsprey Marina lies right where the AICW leaves the Pine Island Cut (a. k. a. “the Rock Pile), and sweeps south into beautiful Waccamaw River. Of course, we are a little prejudiced around here, as Osprey Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, but I could not agree more with Captain Ted, that this facility is indeed one of the finest marinas to be found anywhere. And, let me also mention that their dockage basin is super sheltered!

    Osprey Marina is very attractive, having been carved out of the land. It is reached by a short canal, and is easy to miss if you’re not paying attention. It is well worth a visit. While it is not within walking reach of general services, the snack bar (operated by Sheri, who seems also to be the marina manager) serves both breakfast and lunch, closing at 1700 when the office closes. Upon our arrival, Sheri (maybe spelled differently) presented us with a bag of complimentary goodies which included a package of crackers, a block of cheddar cheese, a couple of candy bars, a key ring float, a couple of insulated drink holders, a book of matches, several pamphlets about the marina, and a list of essential services within a taxi ride including, of course, the phone numbers of the local taxis. Included with this information was the phone number of Scatori’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant, “Local’s favorite authentic Italian cuisine & real NY pizza.” Scatori’s will come fetch you at the marina (and bring you back) and offers free delivery to your boat. We opted for the latter (as we had when we stopped at Osprey Marina last spring) and ordered a large three-topping pizza which was delivered by a cultured and articulate young man an hour later. We devoured half of the pizza and saved the other half for later.
    Shower facilities at Osprey Marina rated a 9 with both of us. The only negative point was the lack of enough hooks from which to hang one’s clothes while in the shower. However, the showers were excellent, clean, not fancy, but with benches and chairs, substantial hand rails on two sides, and racks for soap shampoo, and whatever else one would likely want to take into the shower. Entry into the showers/heads/laundry area is provided using a magnetic key provided with the goodie bag when you sign in.
    Sheri said she would be at the marina at 0800 and would cook breakfast for us. Malla had a biscuit and gravy ($4.00), and I had the Osprey Platter ($6.25): 2 eggs, 2 sausage patties or 3 bacon slices. grits or home fries, and toast. Coffee is free, help yourself. It was all excellent, enjoyed at a window table overlooking part of the marina. We were out of there before 0900.
    Why do I go on so about this marina? On the wall near the grill is a framed clipping with the headline, “Osprey Marina and Grill named the best marina in the country.”
    When we were ready to depart, the dockmaster came down to our slip and gave O.G’s pulpit a gentle shove to help us get squared away.
    We were very glad we had stopped there and will try to do so again on our way north next spring.
    Ted Jones

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

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  • Recommendation for Reserve Harbor Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 388

    The entrance channel into Reserve Harbour Marina cuts into the Waccamaw River’s southerly banks, just southwest of flashing daybeacon #71.

    Another well-sheltered Marina with helpful management is Reserve Harbor YC on the Waccamaw River, mm 388. It’s also close to Brookgreen Gardens, a magnificent place to visit. Call them at 843/235-8262 for a monthly rate.
    Captain Phil

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Reserve Harbour Marina

  • Good Words for Reserve Harbor Marina and Brookgreen Gardens, South Myrtle Beach, SC

    Reserve Harbor Marina lies on the southern bank of the Waccamaw River’s at AICW statute mile 338, southwest of flashing daybeacon #71.

    WONDERLAND and ODYSSEE have had a wonderful visit at Brookgreen Gardens, AICW MM 387. We stayed at Reserve Harbor Marina at MM 388, R71. They are a Morningside Marina, so with their ICW Gold Card, transient dockage was $1.75 per ft. including power. You can obtain a Gold Card at check in and then use at other participating marinas on the AICW. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Also visited Huntington State Park across hwy 17. Reserve Harbor was a great place to access the Gardens from and the Gardens are well worth a couple of days.
    Chuck and Claria Gorgen aboard ODYSSE

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Reserve Harbor Marina

  • Another Cruiser Discovers Conway, SC via the Upper Waccamaw River

    Departing the AICW at statute mile 375, four miles south of the Socastee Bridge, this “off-road” venture from the Waterway on the lovely Waccamaw River has pleased many cruisers and has proven to be a worthy side trip. Please be sure to read the comments found in the links below.
    One fixed bridge does lie between the AICW and Conway. We have never found a published vertical clearance for this span, but it has always appeared to us to be 30 feet or so. Clearly, the wonderful side cruise to Conway is off limits for most sailcraft.

    Cruising News: Left the ICW June 24 2010 at low tide and proceeded to the Conway City Marina for an overnight visit in a power yacht drawing 4 1/2 feet. At marker 2 depth was about 5 1/2 feet and varied to 35 feet with 7 1/2 encountered intermittently. The mouth of the marina has a sand bar and has shoaled to 4 feet; however the soft bottom permitted us to gently slide though to the 10 ft basin. No hose bibs for shore water are available and there are two power pedestals, each with two 30 amp connections and one 50 amp connects. Several eateries are within 4 blocks – from fried food grills to linen table cloth “fine dining.” The tide change at the marina is only about 1 foot at the most and at the ICW it is only about 2 1/2 feet. The Waccamaw River from Georgetown, SC to Conway is a beautiful stretch of meandering black river and picturesque flora and fauna.
    Captain Lewis W Haselwood Jr

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