Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 08-04-2012
To enter the Scuppernong River from Albemarle Sound, set course to come abeam of the entrance’s outer channel marker, marker #1SR, to its fairly immediate southwesterly side. Once abeam of #1SR, adjust your course to the southeast and point to pass markers #2 and #2A to their immediate northeasterly sides. To maintain minimum 7- to 8-foot depths, be sure to hug #2 and #2A closely. Any slippage to the northeast can land you in 4½- to 5-foot depths.
From #2A, continue on the same course, pointing to come abeam of marker #3 to its fairly immediate southwesterly side. Upstream of #3, the channel becomes quite wide and holds 8 feet or better all the way to Columbia.
Set course from #3 to come abeam of marker #4 to its northerly side. These two beacons are 1.5 nautical miles apart, and you must watch carefully to catch sight of #4. Upriver from #4, be on guard for partially submerged snags and fishing stakes.
Cruisers bound for the waters of the southwestward running cove, lying between markers #3 and #4, should depart the channel some 0.8 nautical miles southeast of #3 and follow the correctly charted tongue of deep water to the southwest. This maneuver is made ever so much simpler if you have a GPS chart aboard. Drop anchor before approaching to within less than 200 yards of the southern and southwesterly banks. Be mindful of the charted 3- foot shoal to the southeast.