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Toogoodoo Creek Anchorage

Statute Mile: 495
Lat/Lon: 32 40.160 North/080 17.436 West
Location: on the waters of Toogoodoo Creek’s mid-width where the charted high ground borders the southeastern shoreline, well southeast of the split
Minimum Depth: 13-foot depths but successful entrance from the North Edisto River/ICW requires bypassing two unmarked shoals
Special Comment: Use of a GPS chartplotter is recommended to facilitate safe entry into Toogoodoo Creek
Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
Foul Weather Shelter: Very good, but open to strong southeastern and northwestern winds


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Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (5)

  1. Rapid Roy -  May 6, 2013 - 9:54 am

    Toogoodoo Creek is an excellent anchorage. You have little or no local traffic to “wake” you. You’ll probably have the anchorage to yourself. If not, there’s plenty of space in the length of the anchorage. It’s relatively open to wind, but well protected and generally calm waters.
    It takes a few miles off the ICW to get around the long bend, into the straight part of the creek. Anywhere in the straight part of the creek works for anchoring. Be aware there are 8′ tides in the area, so there will be a strong current that reverses every six hours with the tide change. I personally use two anchors, one upstream and one downstream, for extra security.
    Rapid Roy, S/V “Gideon”

  2. Philip W. Mullins -  May 3, 2013 - 10:40 am

    Anchored there last fall, no problem getting in , went about 2 miles back and anchored at the intersection of Little Toogoodo….lots of current, but that’s to be expected in SC waters. Beautiful area.
    Philip W. Mullins (Phil)

  3. Capt Bob Kovach -  May 2, 2013 - 9:59 am

    Anchored there on 4-6-13 Just follow the chart plotter in and watch the depth sounder it was a piece of cake. Lots of Swing room, Draft 5 ft had 10 ft under the keel at low tide. Lat 32 Deg 39.390 N Long 080 Deg 16.258 W. Good Holding ground Mud buttom. Enjoyed our stay. You can go back in the creek as far as you feel comfortable with the water depth you want.
    Capt Bob Kovach

  4. Bob McLeran and Judy Young -  September 28, 2009 - 10:35 am

    We anchored in Toogoodoo Creek on the afternoon of June 11, 2009 at 1450 hours, after departing Beaufort, SC, at 0935 that morning. The shoal at the entrance wasn’t a problem – we just followed the electronic chart and stayed away from the shoal area on the north side of the entrance. We dropped the anchor in about 12 feet of water just past the stretch where the creek runs basically east-west and turns NW, more or less over the charted 11 foot depth. Good water all the way in, and the creek is wide enough for the small boat traffic to pass by without feeling too much of a wake. Holding is excellent (SuperMax with chain) and Sanderling stayed put during a severe thunderstorm that passed through about 2100 with winds we clocked at 56 knots at the height of the storm!
    Bob McLeran and Judy Young

  5. Jake Dye -  July 22, 2009 - 9:34 am

    The creek is shoaling in even more. 4’ drafts at mid tide or higher have no problem as long as they stay on then north side of the entrance. Some shoaling is occurring in the creek itself……just go slow and watch the sounder. Boats over 30’ may not find enough swinging room.
    Name Withhelf by Request

    I’ve been in here twice this year and love it. Watch current/wind conflict. Plenty of water close to shore in most places. Go farther up by the trees to get wind protection. The shoals at the mouth are sizable, but easy to read and avoidable.
    Jake Dye


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