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Old Barge Depot Anchorage – Claiborne’s Review

After exiting the southern entrance of the South Mills Lock, a slowly curving, southernmost section of the Dismal Swamp Canal leads to another man-made stream known as Turners Cut. This channel, in turn, strikes south to the Pasquotank River. As the primary channel enters Turners Cut, a long unused section of Turners Cut sweeps sharply back to the north. This sidewater used to serve a barge loading facility which is now only a distant memory.
Swing room on the old barge canal is limited, but cruisers piloting craft 34 feet or smaller can find just enough elbow space by dropping the hook abeam of the the old barge loading bulkhead, which will come abeam on the western shores, about 2/3 of the way from the southern entrance to the bulb-shaped northern terminus of the canal.
It is “possible” to dinghy ashore to the old bulkhead. Be CAREFUL of rusty metal and old nails!
Pets can be walked in a weedy area behind the bulkhead, and those up for a long hike, can walk up the adjoining road to US Highway Business 17, and find a convenience store here. Many will wisely choose to just spend a comfortable night in this very well protected anchorage, and not venture ashore.

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