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South River/Eastman Creek Anchorage

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-17-2007

South River – Eastman Creek Anchorage
Statute Mile: 178.5
Lat/Lon: 34 56.054 North/076 32.056 West
Location: anchorage lies along the eastern shores of South River, between Big Crek and Eastman Creek; South River indents the southern banks of the Neuse River, 4.5 nautical miles south of the ICW’s marker #6
Depth: 6 feet
Navigation Detail: Click Here For Navigational Detail of this Anchorage
Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
Foul Weather Shelter: excellent – a GREAT foul weather hidey hole

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If you like quiet, scenic, solitude, then continue up the South River (9 miles off the ICW) to Eastman Creek. It’s worth the detour—presumably the quest for a bucolic anchorage is what motivated you to explore the South River in the first place!
Other than a prominent house at the creek entrance, it’s a pristine setting of marsh and woods. There’s no shore access, but you can splash the kayaks, dinghy explore, or toss in some fish lines.
And Diana has an insider naturalist’s tip for you if you visit this anchorage in the early spring: Take your sundowner on deck at dusk and listen for a nasal “peent” call followed by an eery winnowing noise. Those are male American Woodcocks, aka timberdoodles, doing their “sky dance” aerial courtship displays. If you look closely you may actually spot a bird zig-zagging downward. The winnowing noise is created by the rushing air vibrating their tail feathers as the bird plummets from about 300 feet in the air. It’s one of the unique sounds and spectacles of spring—which you can view from the box seats of your cockpit or flybridge.
Best and see you On the Water,
Captains Mark & Diana Doyle

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