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South River/Eastman Creek Anchorage – Claiborne’s Review

South River is a large, uniformly deep, and well-marked sidewater on the southeastern shore of the Neuse River 4.5 nautical miles south of marker #6, itself located off Gum Thicket Shoal. The river has a narrow entrance, but it is marked in a more-than-adequate fashion. Most of the shoreline is completely untouched and is overlooked by a fascinating collection of pines and hardwoods.
As you enter South River, you will spy one wooden structure along the northeastern banks. This is a private hunting lodge, and visitors are not permitted.
This entire body of water is well sheltered, and good possibilities for anchorage abound. South River is one of those delightful sidewaters that combines good depths, attractive and isolated scenery, and an excellent series of navigational aids.
For those who pilot vessels drawing 5 1/2 feet or less, and are willing to take the time to cruise a bit farther up South River, a really superb anchorage will be found on the waters of Eastman Creek, cutting into the river’s easterly banks, south of Big Creek. While the use of a GPS chartplotter is recommended, depths of 6 feet can be maintained by very careful navigators, as far as the stream’s first jog to the southeast. Drop the hook short of this turn, and settle down for an evening not soon to be forgotten.
This Eastman Creek anchorage is surrounded by virgin shores that beg to be explored and fished by dinghy. And, shelter from foul weather is about as good as it gets! I would not be comfortable trying to anchor a vessel larger than 40 feet here, but, otherwise, you will have to look long and hard to find a better anchor down spot!

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