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Upper North River Anchorage – Claiborne’s Review

The upper reaches of the North River, abandoned by the Waterway and west of the gap between the AICW markers #129 and #132, are an anchorage consideration for ADVENTUROUS captains piloting boats of less than 40 feet that draw 4 feet or preferably less. The unmarked and sometimes hard to identify entrance channel skirts the western shores south of #132 and then turns into the upper portion of the river, paralleling its southern banks. Be sure to follow the link to the Upper North River Navigational Detail in the full listing for this anchorage BEFORE attempting entry. Even then, don’t be surprised if you find some bottom along the way!
Minimum depths run between 5 and 5½ feet if you can keep to the unmarked channel. Typical soundings run 6 to 6½ feet, but it’s certainly possible to stray into less water, even when you are trying to be careful. After negotiating the difficult entrance, visiting cruisers will find themselves in an attractive, rather broad body of water with fair protection from southerly winds and somewhat less shelter from moderate northerly breezes. Fresh easterly or westerly blows would raise a most uncomfortable chop. Clearly this is a fair weather anchorage and NOT the place to ride out really nasty weather.
Consider dropping the hook on the centerline of upper North River just west of charted Green Island Creek’s westerly entrance point. The surrounding shoreline is delightfully undeveloped.

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