Toogoodoo Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 495)
The confluence of Toogoodoo Creek and Wadmalaw River forms the North Edisto River. The AICW leaves the Wadmalaw and cuts down the North Edisto, before leaving this latter body of water via the Dawho River.
I have always loved anchoring on Toogoodoo Creek, but you do have to be careful of the shoals flanking this stream’s entrance. At high tide the mud flats cover completely, and the channel appears to the uninformed eye to be much wider than it actually is. Take great care when entering, but once the stream’s mouth is in your wake, you can choose from a wide variety of good spots to drop the hook!
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