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 pick out Hardy Creek, indenting the western banks between markers #5 and #6. Cruisers can carefully anchor on the outer portion of this creek’s mouth, keeping in mind the correctly charted 1-foot shoal lying to the north.
Those who successfully avoid these shallows can anchor in some 7 feet of water with good shelter to the west. This is NOT the spot to be caught in fresh north or northeasterly winds.
Dinghies can be landed briefly at a small, sand and rock strip which flanks the northwesterly entrance point of Hardy Creek, where you will spy the end of a street, and a private home. Pets can be walked here, but there are no provisioning possibilities.