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Cedar Creek Anchorage

Statute Mile: 188
Lat/Lon: near 34 55.990 North/076 38.861 WestLocation: off the eastern flank of the ICW, east of flashing daybeacon #9
Minimum Depth: 6 feet
Special Comment: note, there is a sunken sailboat with its mast exposed at the entrance to this anchorage, so proceed slowly to avoid this wreck. Entrance into this anchorage may or may not be impeded by the presence of crab pots and fish traps
Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent


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Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (14)

  1. Kathrine Noel -  September 30, 2013 - 10:32 am

    We anchored in Cedar Creek last week. Absolutely no problem entering at the green 9 and skirting around the sunken sailboat, marked by at least four stakes, maybe more. Anchored in 8-9 feet of water just behind the wreck–a scenic stop where you can fish and watch the passing traffic on the ICW. There were very few crab pots and, on the day we visited, no fishing boats in or out.
    Kathrine Noel

  2. Tom -  September 18, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    I used to anchor up in Back Creek a few years back.
    There was a few holes around 6 ft. near the mouth it has a soft bottom of thick mud.
    The wrecks marked on charts need to be given a wide berth. the wind and tides will move them on occasion.
    Just be the prudent sailor,
    Tom, formerly from MHC.

  3. Chris and Janet -  September 17, 2013 - 4:23 pm

    We used this anchorage more than once. According to this graphic, we enter slowly tracking from either the north or south “9″ foot symbols toward the anchor symbol. In either case we stop short of the wreck symbol. We draw 5.5 ft
    This is can be rolly anchorage if you stop before sundown. Other boats just blast by.
    Chris and Janet

  4. Gray Riddick -  May 10, 2013 - 3:19 pm

    Good easy off – easy on anchorage – sunken sailboat no issue
    Gray Riddick
    Gray Ghost

  5. Ben Matthews -  September 17, 2012 - 6:04 pm

    We tried Jonaquin Creek early in the summer 2012, after reading Chuck and Susan’s post here. It is a very narrow opening at the back left of Cedar Creek. Very nice anchorage, peaceful, about 5-6 foot of water. We came in very slow 2-3 knots with eyes glued to the depth finder at the entrance, checking for mud swirls behind the boat. We draw 3-1/2 feet in our trawler, and had no issues. Not much swinging room, but very calm and rustic. Black pudding bottom, outstanding wind protection.
    Ben Matthews

  6. Ben Matthews -  July 25, 2011 - 4:24 pm

    We anchored in this spot June 30th [2011]. Saw zero crab pots. I was looking hard, arrived at night, left in the morning, came in here at about 2 knots, and anchored our trawler with two other sailboats already anchored. It was clear. Apparently the crab pots are moved around a bit.
    Skipper Ben Matthews

  7. Skipper Tom -  July 25, 2011 - 4:22 pm

    Ceder creek bottom is soft mud, I’ve dragged here with my delta(20knt winds), but my fortress held firm.
    Skipper Tom

  8. Captain Jim -  July 25, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    I anchored in Cedar Creek last Thursday and had no problems with crab pots or fish traps. Actually there were four boats that night anchored and there was room for four or five additional boats. This is still one of our favorite places to drop the hook overnight as we sail out of Oriental quite often.
    Captain Jim

  9. Capn Chuck & Susan -  July 25, 2011 - 4:18 pm

    We anchored in Jonaquin Creek which is further back in the Cedar Creek anchorage. This too had floats in it but there was enough room for one boat to anchor.

  10. Ben -  July 22, 2011 - 5:18 am

    We anchored in this spot June 30th. Saw zero crab pots. I was looking hard, arrived at night, left in the morning, came in here at about 2 knots, and anchored our trawler with two other sailboats already anchored. It was clear. Apparently the crab pots are moved around a bit.

  11. Capn Chuck & Susan -  May 11, 2011 - 2:47 pm

    We are sad to report that the Cedar Creek anchorage, one of our favorite anchorages at Adams Creek, just south of Oriental is now unusable. It is carpeted with fish or crab trap and the floats are so close together that there is no room in the anchorage where you won’t swing into the floats. This is unfortunate since this has been a popular stopping point for many over the years.
    Capn Chuck & Susan

  12. Ron -  November 15, 2010 - 9:37 am

    mast is gone from wreck but pvc pipe and floats marking it are very visable. Plenty of room nice spot

    Ron & Audrey
    Lucky Girl

  13. Richard Becker -  July 20, 2009 - 9:45 am

    Subject: Uncharted wreck
    Cruising News: Caution is advised when entering or leaving Cedar Creek off Adam’s Creek in the ICW. The sunken sailboat, abandoned appproximately 2 years is completely underwater and marked only with a floating fender. The USCG has certainly not done it’s job here.
    Richard Becker

  14. Unknown -  July 17, 2009 - 9:07 am

    Subject: Cedar Creek anchorage MM187
    Message: Cedar Creek anchorage, just off Adams Creek at green “9” at MM 187 is a great anchorage. Room for a number of boats in water that runs about 7.5 feet deep. Only caution: a sailboat sunk in the anchorage several years ago – its mast used to be visible, but now the mast is gone and the sunken boat is marked with PVC pipe and several orange floats. Just avoid them as you pass and anchor further to the east.


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