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    • Bull Creek Anchorages

      Statute Mile: 565.5
      32 09.496 North/080 51.089 North (southern anchorage)
      32 09.878 North/080 51.370 West
      Location: on the waters of Bull Creek, east of the ICW’s flashing daybeacon #34
      Minimum Depth: 8-feet
      Swing Room:
      Sufficient room for vessels as large as 48 feet in southern anchorage
      Sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet in northern, upstream anchorage
      Foul Weather Shelter:
      Fair in southern anchorage, open to southerly winds
      Excellent in northern, upstream anchorage


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      Comments from Cruisers (8)

      1. Charlie Ridley -  May 18, 2016 - 5:11 pm

        5-2-16 Now anchored in one of our favorites– Bull Crk east off ICW just south of MM565. Anchored in front of house where water not so deep. Good holding and usual tidal current. Good verizon. Look out over Calibogue Sound and Hilton Head island. Nice.
        Charlie and Jackie on Traveler

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      2. Roger Long -  May 2, 2013 - 9:34 am

        Bull Creek, one of my favorite anchorages. I go up around the first bend and anchor off the dock. There is some shallow water there so you don’t need to put out too much rode. However, it drops off fast so you want to be sure you don’t drag into the hole at the bend in a strong westerly wind. There can be enough fetch in such conditions to make it less comfortable than you might expect. Some boat traffic going to and from Bluffton by the back way.
        I took this video in Bull Creek:
        14.93 meg, 2 minute, Windows Media video.
        Roger Long
        S/V Strider

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      3. Carl -  August 25, 2011 - 9:47 pm

        Spent a wonderful evening here August 21, 2011. 20 feet of depth. Payed out 150 feet of rode and spent a nice evening. Plenty of room for me and any passing boating traffic. Much more reasonable than Hilton Head.

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      4. Michael Seguin (SOUL MATE) -  June 6, 2010 - 10:56 am

        We have anchored here several times. Other than the occasional wake, it is a wonderfully calm spot. A big thrill we experienced here was when a large sea turtle, with a head as big as a basketball, swam between my wife’s float & our boat! What a magnificent sight he was! Nice depth & good protection. Highly recommended!

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      5. Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE) -  April 11, 2010 - 5:52 pm

        Anchored here 4-9-10 in the area between two anchors on the chartlet. Two other boat also there. Some wakes from small boats. Larger cruise boats went by slowly. Nice setting. No-see-ums in the morning. Lots of swing room and good protection from north winds and some from the south or east, more open to west.

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      6. Rick Emerson -  November 13, 2009 - 9:02 pm

        Bull Creek has excellent protection from northerly winds if you can get around the first large bend and behind a large stand of trees. Depths are varied from 30’+ to beginning to verge on shoal. Additionally, there is some small boat traffic on occasion plus a small RO-RO (Rip Rap II) passed, carrying a big SUV and horse van. Holding is good in the current we experienced (somewhat under a knot?) and in gusty winds to 20-25 kts.

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      7. James Lea -  September 11, 2009 - 9:54 am

        Yes, two years ago we weathered a storm anchored about 1.6 miles up where the creek turns west. Another half mil up or so you can land the dinghy on an abandoned road for a walk ashore.
        James Lea
        S/V Estelle
        Bristol 41.1

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      8. Bill & Susan Randall -  July 22, 2009 - 9:31 am

        A year ago we anchored just to the west of the first turn in Bull Creek and had no problems – I’m glad that I didn’t proceed further.
        Bill & Susan Randall
        SV Calypso
        Sabre 38

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    • Upper Cooper River Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 568.5
      Lat/Lon: near 32 08.145 North/080 53.599 West
      Location: northwest of the Waterway’s flashing daybeacon #37, on the upper reaches of Cooper River abandoned by the ICW
      Minimum Depth: 27-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Protection: Fair; open to northeasterly winds


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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Rapid Roy -  May 16, 2013 - 12:28 pm

        I’ve anchored there around the bend, in the straight stretch of the river. A nice anchorage. You have grass on both sides so there’s no protection from high winds, but you’re well away from open water and boat traffic. Because of the local 8′ tides, be aware that you’ll have a strong current that reverses direction every 6 hours. My personal practice is to place one upstream and one downstream anchor, from the bow, so the boat swings from one to the other with the tide and current changes.
        Rapid Roy
        S/V “Gideon”

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    • Upper New River Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 570
      Lat/Lon: near 32 07.513 North/080 55.299 West
      Location: on the waters of upper New River, abandoned by the Waterway, well west of flashing daybeacon #39
      Minimum Depth: 8-feet, but an unmarked shoal must be successfully bypassed near #39
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good, but open to strong northeasterly winds


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    • Upper Wright River Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 572
      Lat/Lon: near 32 05.372 North/080 56.562 West
      Location: west of unlighted nun buoy #48, on the upper Wright River, bypassed by the ICW
      Minimum Depth: 15 feet, but entrance into upper Wright River can be tricky for first timers
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good


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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Claiborne -  October 20, 2010 - 10:28 am

        We spent the night here recently and had no problems. You can see the lights of the Savannah River industries from here. A boat pulled in farther upstream from us and anchored. It did not show an anchor light. We did.
        Captain Ron

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    • disclaimer


      Please note that channel conditions, depths, references to navigational aids and almost all on-the-water navigational and anchorage data is subject to change at any time. While we have been careful and attempted to verify all anchorage information, on-the-water conditions may be QUITE different by the time of your arrival. Failure to follow current on-the-water reality, even when it differs from the data contained in this anchorage directory, can result in expensive and dangerous accidents. There are potential hazards in any cruising situation, for which captains, navigators and crew are solely responsible.

      Neither I, nor any member of the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net make any guarantee as to the accuracy or reliability of the information contained within this Anchorage Directory, and will not accept any liability for injuries or damages caused to the reader by following this data!’

      A word about anchorage Lat/Lon co-ordinates given in the Anchorage Directory:

      We have included APPROXIMATE latitude and longitude positions of the recommended anchorages within this Anchorage Directory. All of these lat/lon positions are presented strictly for informational purposes; they must NOT be used as GPS or Loran way points!

      There are several reasons why. Loran C and GPS readings give mariners a straight-line distance or bearing to the intended way-point destination. Straight-line tracks do NOT take into account such vagaries as shoals you will need to avoid, peninsulas you will be unable to cross, or islands that just seem to get in the way.

      Please also note that anchorage Lat/Lon positions are given to help generally locate an overnight anchorage. With few exceptions, mariners need not drop the hook at the exact location given. Within most creeks, bays, and other sheltered bodies of water appropriate for anchorage, there will likely be many places where you can rest comfortably and safely for the evening, swinging tranquilly on the hook.

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