Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 07-24-2012
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 better South River anchorages lies along the northeastern banks southeast of Big Creek. Notice the correctly charted 10-foot
depths that run to within 100 yards of the banks. This spot is well sheltered from all but particularly strong western and, to a lesser extent, northwestern winds. The surrounding shores are still beautifully in their natural state, and make for read eye candy. This is a particularly attractive anchorage.