Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 08-04-2012
To enter the Scuppernong River from Albemarle Sound, set course to come abeam of the entrance’s outer channel marker, marker #1SR, to its fairly immediate southwesterly side. Once abeam of #1SR, adjust your course to the southeast and point to pass markers #2 and #2A to their immediate northeasterly sides. To maintain minimum 7- to 8-foot depths, be sure to hug #2 and #2A closely. Any slippage to the northeast can land you in 4½- to 5-foot depths.
From #2A, continue on the same course, pointing to come abeam of marker #3 to its fairly immediate southwesterly side. Upstream of #3, the channel becomes quite wide and holds 8 feet or better all the way to Columbia.
Set course from #3 to come abeam of marker #4 to its northerly side. These two beacons are 1.5 nautical miles apart, and you must watch carefully to catch sight of #4. Upriver from #4, be on guard for partially submerged snags and fishing stakes.
If you choose to anchor in the lee of the point west of marker #4, depart the main channel 100 yards northwest of #4. Cruise carefully north of the point of land, keeping 50 yards offshore. Be safe! Drop anchor well before reaching the charted shallows to the west and southwest.