Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 07-15-2012
Goat Island bisects the Pasquotank southeast of marker #13 and the charted location of “Shipyard Ldg.” The AICW continues down the northeastern branch, but the southwestern leg can serve as an excellent and attractive overnight anchorage for most craft drawing 5 feet or less. Actually, if you enter the anchorage through its southeasterly mouth (near marker #11), minimum 6-foot soundings can be carried, ranging up to 11 feet. The shallower water is found on the northwestern entrance (near marker #13), where soundings can run as thin as 5 feet.
Protection is good from all winds and should prove adequate even for a heavy blow. Both shores are heavily wooded and mostly undeveloped, though one or two private homes peep out of the wooded banks here and there. Swinging room should be sufficient for boats up to 45 feet.
Fellow cruisers have reported that the bottom is foul with stumps and other debris, though I myself have never encountered this problem. Set an anchor trip line for maximum safety.