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Broad Creek Anchorage – Claiborne’s Review

Broad Creek (one of many bodies of water in North Carolina bearing this moniker) is still the best anchorage on the North River, even though soundings are not quite as deep as they once were, and it’s not exactly easy to find. This magnificent stream cuts into the North River’s western shoreline opposite marker #164. Minimum depths of 6 to 8 feet hold into the stream’s interior reaches as it swings to the north, but fall off much sooner than a study of chart 12206 would indicate.
Study the “Broad Creek Extension” on chart 12206 for a moment and notice the sharp point of land which comprises Broad Creek’s northern entrance point. You would never guess it from the chart, but this geographic feature effectively hides the stream to cruisers approaching from the east. You will have to look carefully to find the mouth, or, better yet, break out that flashy new GPS chart plotter, and put it through its paces.
Once the hard-to-discover entrance is left in your wake, Broad Creek swings sharply to the north and offers superb protection from all airs. The adjoining shoreline is heavily wooded and absolutely virgin. The entire stream boasts a tangible air of isolation. The banks beckon to be explored and fished by dinghy.
Consider anchoring shortly after entering the creek’s interior reaches, as the stream swings sharply north. Here, you will find 5½- to 9- foot soundings, good protection from all winds, and the luscious shores described above. Passage farther upstream (to the north) is no longer recommended.
Even if you usually frequent marinas and seldom anchor-off, consider dropping the hook in Broad Creek for an evening you will not soon forget. Your cruising experience will be far richer for the effort.

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