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South River/Lukens 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.
Study chart 11541 and notice the location of “Lukens” on the river’s northeastern shore. Several interesting cemeteries are left from this long-deserted community. Old families in Carteret County that have roots in Lukens still make regular trips to these graveyards to visit the resting places of their ancestors.
One of the South River’s best anchorages lies along the northeastern banks southeast of Hardy Creek. Notice the correctly charted 9 and 10-foot depths that run to within 100 yards of the banks.
Dinghies can be landed briefly at a small, sand and rock strip which flanks the northwesterly entrance point of Hardy Creek, on the opposite shore of South River. You will spy a paved road, bounded by three reverse-side traffice signs. Pets can be walked here, but there are no provisioning possibilities.

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