After exiting the southern entrance of the South Mills Lock, a slowly curving, southernmost section of the Dismal Swamp Canal leads to another man-made stream known as Turners Cut. This channel, in turn, strikes south to the Pasquotank River. As the primary channel enters Turners Cut, a long unused section of Turners Cut sweeps sharply back to the north. This sidewater used to serve a barge loading facility which is now only a distant memory.
Swing room on the old barge canal is limited, but cruisers piloting craft 34 feet or smaller can find just enough elbow space by dropping the hook abeam of the the old barge loading bulkhead, which will come abeam on the western shores, about 2/3 of the way from the southern entrance to the bulb-shaped northern terminus of the canal.
It is “possible” to dinghy ashore to the old bulkhead. Be CAREFUL of rusty metal and old nails!
Pets can be walked in a weedy area behind the bulkhead, and those up for a long hike, can walk up the adjoining road to US Highway Business 17, and find a convenience store here. Many will wisely choose to just spend a comfortable night in this very well protected anchorage, and not venture ashore.
Old Barge Depot Anchorage
Statute Mile: 33
Lat/Lon: 36 26.325 North/076 19.498 West
Location: found on the now, unused northernmost portion of Turner Cut, north of the intersection with the channel leading to South Mills Lock
Depth: 12+ feet
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Swing Room: LIMITED, sufficient room for vessels ONLY as large as 34 feet
Holding Ground Evaluation: very thick mud
Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent
Dinghy Dock Access: dinghy landing is possible on an old, abandoned bulkhead which overlooks the western side of the canal, hard by our recommended anchorage position
Nearby Provisioning: convenience store within a LONG walk of the dinghy landing described above
Pet Friendly: pets can be landed at bulkhead specified above, and then walked through low, brushy area behind dock
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