SOUTH RIVER ANCHORAGE
South River is located toward the mouth on the Neuse
River. Even though its probably the most popular
weekend anchorages its size makes
it anything but crowded.
Meandering close to 6 nautical miles with
minimum depths of 6.5' up to over 11', South River has
many secluded places to drop the hook. Situated near
one of Eastern Carolina's oldest settlements, the creek
and tributaries once housed populations of Neuse and
Algonquin Indian settlements.
South River is graced by great fishing, good swimming
holes, and plenty of creeks to explore
in the dinghy or kayak.
A true 'Gunk Hole', the length of the river is very
protected and has a good bottom. South River's quiet,
pristine unaltered landscape is pure tranquility.
There isn't much to say about Ocracoke that hasn't
already been said. America's #1 Beach, home of the
infamous Black Beard, Howard's Pub, Arts and Crafts,
the native islanders drogue and more fresh fish, crab
and oysters that you could possibly eat.
Ocracoke is a one of a kind place.
Throughout the year there are several festivals
featuring local artist and musicians.
But for a change try it in the off season.
You'll meet more of the local people and have more
time to wander the streets without the hustle of beach
goers. If you like surf casting, you'll be in heaven. The
beaches are lined with beach buggies of all shapes
and sizes sporting their rod holders.
If you are in need of a brew they will happily offer
one up in exchange for your ear.
Ocracoke is probably the most popular destination for
sailors and power boaters around North Carolina.
There are several marinas and reservations are
necessary from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The National Park Service has inexpensive moorings
on a first come first serve basis with 30/50amp service
and water. However, lots of folks prefer to anchor out.
Ocracoke has been voted in as one of the
Top Ten Beaches in the country.....
And rightfully so ..... Truly a magnificent destination.
Cape Lookout, among all the anchorages in the
North Carolina Coast, would probably rank #1.
It’s the kind of spot that makes you feel guilty for
having the opportunity to experience this truly
perfect setting. Although the Bite is a tranquil
place there is plenty going on to entertain you
while lounging on your boat.
Cape Lookout is a hub of activity for pleasure boaters
and fishermen but by evening the anchorage quiets down
and is only disrupted by schools of jumping
Mullet fish and the Pelicans that dive after them.
Watch the weather, Cape Lookout is a very protected
anchorage but can get a little choppy during a north wind.
For boats, any boats above a 3’ draft, you will
be in the Atlantic Ocean for a little bit and it can
Beaufort Inlet, one of the most stable and
easily navigable in North Carolina, can be quite
busy on weekends and during fishing tournaments.
Be alert, but prepare yourself for a wonderful
cruise as you approach the Bite.
The lighthouse and surrounding grounds host an
interesting museum about the early inhabitants of the
Outer Banks, the early years of the Coast Guard who
rescued shipwrecked sailors.
There are miles and miles of unspoiled beaches to
stroll looking for shells, great spots for surfing, wind
surfing and kite surfing, or just laying around watching
the waves roll in.
Cape Lookout Bite is reached by cruising NE,
6nautical miles from Beaufort Inlet up the coast of
Shackelford Banks to Lookout Day Beacon #1.
Lookout is not just a cruising destination; it can be
reached by private car or passenger ferry from
Atlantic and Harkers Island.
Enjoy this majestic area....
WEST BAY ANCHORAGE
Sail from Vandemere Creek to the NR marker at the
junction of Neuse River and the Bay River, take a
heading of 130 degrees for 10nautical miles and you
will be at a truly spectacular anchorage.
A long white sandy beach reminiscent of South Florida
awaits you with clear blue-green water great for
frolicking. The anchorage has a good bottom and
15-20' from shore has 10 feet of depth. During a
southwest breeze anchor on the north side of the spit,
in a N or NE wind follow the channel inside West Bay
and anchor on the SE side.
Your view is of Cedar Island National Wildlife
Preserve and just to the SE of Cedar Island Village
which is the jumping off point for the Ocracoke Ferry.
Cedar Island has deeply ingrained maritime traditions,
and a tour of its homes and people will feel like a step
back into simpler times. Great fishing, oystering,
clamming, and crabbing are to be
found in these waters.
PARADISE COVE ON BROAD CREEK
Flowing through the towns of Pamlico and
Whortensville. Although the banks are lined with
homes and docks, Broad Creek has a wildness that is
unchanged. The mouth of Broad Creek lies on the
north portion of the Neuse River and was the location
of the fabled Neuse River Lighthouse. The pilings of
the old lighthouse can still be seen between NR6 and
NR4 markers. It has an easily navigable entrance with
minimum of 7ft depths. The main anchorage is located
in the vicinity of R4 with 12ft' of depth. Just a short
dinghy ride down Pittman Creek is the famous
Paradise Shores Marina and Bar. A hideaway truly
reminiscent of the islands, proprietors Paul and Rose
have brought together an eclectic mix of people,
artifacts and entertainment to Pamlico County. Anchor
out Saturday evening and attend the weekly potluck
dinner, have beer and wine and enjoy the crew.
A great place for a great time, with great people...
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