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    • St. Augustine Creek Anchorage

      St. Augustine Creek Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 578
      Lat/Lon: near 32 03.699 North/080 59.113 West
      Location: on the waters of St. Augusine Creek, southeast of this stream’s first crook-like turn to the east, ‘“ St. Augustine Creek departs the ICW south of unlighted daybeacon #8
      Minimum Depth: 18-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 36 feet, assuming the gambling ship can clear your position (see below)
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good except in particularly strong southeast winds
      Special Note: a large gambling ship pays regular visits to St. Augustine Creek. The passage of this ship seriously limits swing room, and has caused us to downgrade this creek as a possible anchorage

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      Comments from Cruisers (5)

      1. Claiborne -  May 24, 2010 - 10:56 am

        I stayed near the turn on the second 17 noted on the chart with a 27′ sailboat. While looking in the creek, I passed and chatted with the Capt of the casino boat. He informed me that he would be returning around 2330 and suggested the area of the second 17 ft marking because of width. I happened to be up around 2330 and hailed the casino boat when I saw them in the creek. You can see them for a mile or so and asked if he wouldn’t mind slowing down. He slowed when he rounded the turn and was very courteous. I had no problems with this anchorage.
        Chris

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      2. Martha Crafton -  November 28, 2009 - 6:29 pm

        Earlier today we decided to use this anchorage; but had failed to check out the above comments. Needless to say, when the SunCruz vessel, returning from sea, called us on the VHF to inform us that he would be using this creek to return to his dock, we were taken by surprise. He was very courteous and suggested a spot farther into the creek where it is wide and we would not be in his way. Our electronic chart (not visible on our paper chart) showed a creek up ahead on the starboard side which has 9 feet MLW. We continued on and anchored in a very pleasant spot with plenty of swing room. We are now in a very protected spot, good holding and can rest knowing the gamblers will not disturb our sleep. This only goes to show the importance of these up=to=date additions to our normal cruising guides. And with that, a good night
        Martha aboard Sandpiper

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      3. Claiborne -  September 23, 2009 - 2:08 pm

        Claiborne – re St. Augustine’s Creek – it is shown as an anchorage . . . but is NOT SAFE. There is a gambling cruise boat that comes along after dark – anchoring in the creek puts you in its way and there is insufficient room to swing. When it happened to me, I pulled the boat close to shore with a second anchor to shore until after the ship had returned, after midnight.
        It’s not safe and cannot be recommended. It’s just fortunate that the ship’s captains are aware of the problem and watch for it. Not a trip goes by that I’m in the area and don’t hear the ship calling out to someone anchored there.
        To repeat – not safe, not to be used.
        Wally
        s/v Gypsy Wind

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      4. Claiborne -  July 23, 2009 - 11:16 am

        We are a 40 ft trawler and had plenty of room here. We went in a bit farther to shallower water and where the creek seemed wider. After spending 36 hours out in the Atlantic, this anchorage was a welcomed respite!
        Captain Bobbie Blowers

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      5. Claiborne -  July 23, 2009 - 11:06 am

        Good water, but leave room for the Midnight Gambler II, who makes at least two runs a day through here. 25-30′ at low, plus up to 9′ of tide and another 5′ to the bow cleat gives depths of 39-43′. A scope of 8 for overnight tidal conditions would require a rode of 312-344′. Not the normal equipment for most boaters. You can (and should) find shallower water near the sides. Swing radii with this much rode will be a problem.
        Name Withheld By Request

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    • Herb River Anchorage

      Herb River Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 584.5
      Lat/Lon: near 32 00.776 North/081 02.174 West
      Location: lies south-southwest of the Waterway’s flashing daybeacon #37
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent, except in unusually strong westerly wind

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      Comments from Cruisers (4)

      1. Chris -  September 28, 2011 - 4:37 pm

        We anchored in the lower reaches — before any houses fronting the water. We still felt unwelcome. Passing local boats clearly didn’t like us there.

        It appears they all like to “gun it” just past the houses and we interfered with this.

        Given the Georgia tides, I would not want to encounter a wind shift at low tide on anchor.
        Chris

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      2. Larry Morrow -  March 5, 2010 - 4:20 pm

        Just dropped the in the exact location of the anchor on the above chart. It’s dead low tide and we are in 14.4 feet. Added another 9 feet to the depth to figure out how much chain to let out for the high tide. Winds are on our nose at 18K and slack current. Nice views of some pretty houses and docks. Pleanty of room where we are for about 3-4 40 foot boats with 100 ft of rode each.
        Larry Morrow

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      3. Claiborne -  October 5, 2009 - 11:28 am

        We are anchored as I write on the Herb River, Came in at high tide so had great depths. Anchored in 15 feet around the first bend to the port (west) just short of a large dock on the south side. Oodles of swing room at this point. The section you recommend in the guide where the land is closest to the water is lined with docks on the west side and was very deep (20+ feet). I am much happier with the extra swing room and a little less protection – still trees to the south but a little further away from the water. Doesn’t matter tonight – little breeze.
        Jean Thomason

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      4. Claiborne -  July 22, 2009 - 3:50 pm

        I’ve only dropped hook a couple of times in the Herb and found it to be fine. Be sure to extol the nice little restaurant – Bonna Bella – that lies just a few miles up the Herb River. (Mid tide or better for anyone worried about draft. First come, first served dock available at the restaurant. Not a large menu, but some very tasty items and a full bar. Great outdoor and indoor dining with great views of the marsh and creeks.
        Name Withheld By Request

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    • Waterway Anchorage

      Waterway Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 586
      Lat/Lon: near 32 00.482 North/081 01.116 West
      Location: found in the correctly charted deep water abutting the western banks of the Skidaway River portion of the ICW south of flashing daybeacon #40
      Minimum Depth: 10-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair to poor; wide open to southern winds

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    • Isle of Hope Anchorage

      Isle of Hope Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 590
      Lat/Lon: near 31 58.731 North/081 03.316 West
      Location: just northwest of the ICW’s unlighted daybeacon #46A
      Minimum Depth: 8 feet
      Swing Room: anchorage is often crowded, and boats larger than 40 feet my have trouble finding sufficient elbow room
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair, wide open to southwestern winds

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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Dick Litchfield -  May 22, 2010 - 6:36 pm

        We anchored here on Friday, 4/23/10. It’s crowded with lots of boats on private moorings and permanent locals anchoring. That didn’t leave much room for transients. We managed to slip into a tight spot just outside the channel markers. Watch your position with the reversing current. There was some tug and barge traffic.
        Lots of local traffic and noise from shore. Weekend partying, etc. Lots of friendly boaters curious about our ICW experiences and our live aboard cat.
        Nice spot, but I wouldn’t count of finding room to anchor here. Better bet is to take a slip at the marina.

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    • Vernon River Anchorages

      Vernon River Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 597
      Lat/Lon:
      31 55.995 North/081 06.949 West (anchorage west of Beaulieu)
      31 56.285 North/081 07.430 West (anchorage south of Montgomery)
      Location: on the waters of the section of Vernon River abandoned by the ICW, northwest of flashing daybeacon #70; downstream anchorage on the waters west of the charted position of Beaulieu; upstream anchorage south of the charted position of Montgomery
      Minimum Depth: 8 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair to Good; Beaulieu anchorage wide open to southern and southeastern winds; Montgomery Anchorage is better sheltered, particularly to the north, northeast and northwest

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      Comments from Cruisers (5)

      1. Randy Hondros -  April 26, 2013 - 10:49 am

        On April 18, 2013, I anchored in the area referred to as Breakfast Creek. Plenty of room and good holding bottom. It was peaceful and quiet. Will definitely stop again.
        Randy Hondros

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      2. Bob McLeran and Judy Young -  September 25, 2009 - 3:22 pm

        This is a great place to anchor! There is a deep channel on the east side of the river, and a broad area to anchor in 8 feet on the west just downstream from charted Beaulieu; after checking the area we preferred anchoring there rather than in the deeper water from Beaulieu to Montgomery. There are several shrimp boats which seem to be permanently anchored in the area, and we anchored upstream from the two shrimpers. It is a great alternative to the marinas from Isle of Hope to Thunderbolt.
        Bob McLeran and Judy Young
        MV Sanderling

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      3. Rick George -  July 22, 2009 - 12:06 pm

        After a false start due to anchor dragging, we spent a pleasant night on the Vernon River last week (9/28). Our first attempt was near Beaulieu (N31d55.99m/W081d06.92m) in calm wind and ebbing tidal current. The hook set well for the first hour or so, but then an 8mph SSE wind and the newly incoming tide started us moving upriver. We relocated around the bend, past Breakfast Creek, to Montgomery (N31d56.25m/W081d07.69m) and stayed pegged to the spot in 7 feet (at low water) to 15 feet (at high water) through three tide swings. Next day we departed about one hour after high water and passage out the Ossabaw Sound north channel was pretty much routine.
        Rick George, MV Hale Kai

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      4. Bob McLeran & Judy Young -  July 22, 2009 - 10:03 am

        Subject: Vernon River anchorage
        Cruising News: The Vernon River northbound beyond Hells Gate, north of the ICW cut off heading to Isle of Hope, is a great anchorage with room for a number of boats. The depth on the northwestern side of the river runs around eight feet at low tide. Anchor in the shallow area just beyond the two “permanent” fishing trawlers.
        Bob McLeran & Judy Young

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    • Delegal Creek Anchorage

      Delegal Creek Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 601
      Lat/Lon: 31 53.650 North/081 03.730 West
      Location: on the waters of Delegal Creek, northeast of the ICW’s flashing daybeacon #86 and north of Delegal Creek Marina
      Minimum Depth: 4 to 4 ½ foot dead low tide entrance depths
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent except in particularly strong northern winds

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