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aftergolf
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Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:06 pm
When coming out of Snows Cut going up the river to downtown, is the northern cut open or closed? Do you have to go south out of the cut to the river to turn north to go to downtown?
Any advice on once in the river to go north?
Never have gone north and need some pointers.
Thanks.
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tegin1
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Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:22 pm
I would run the channel towards Sunny point before turning north in the river channel. I donít think the channel markers that used to mark the channel that ran north when you first leave the cut are there anymore.  
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Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:32 pm
I always run to the main channel and go up these days. That shortcut can be tough water to read if you don't know it (and I don't).
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Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:44 pm
The north channel markers have been removed. Use the south channel
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Wed Dec 16, 2020 6:43 am
The Northern extension is navigable, but like said above the markers have been removed for awhile so if you have never been that way, take the extra time and use the Southern extension to go around. Keep it between the markers going from Snows Cut to the River, I see boats every single day run up on the sand bars in there because they're on the wrong side of the markers. Once you get to the River, going North, red is still on your right. Coming back down the River, red will be on your left. The good news is most (not all) of the upper River is deeper so if you do wander out of the channel you won't hit shallow water right away like you might would in the lower River. Watch for floating trash/logs and rogue crab pot buoys.
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Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:40 pm
As others have said, go south to the shipping channel. Once in the channel, it is cake to get to Wilmington. Call the dockmaster ahead of time to reserve a spot. It's $5 (or at least it was last time I went up there).  
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Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:17 pm
59cruisers wrote:
As others have said, go south to the shipping channel. Once in the channel, it is cake to get to Wilmington. Call the dockmaster ahead of time to reserve a spot. It's $5 (or at least it was last time I went up there).


I think it's still the same. I keep https://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/home/showdocument?id=868 this on my phone. We used to go up there a bit... haven't in a while, but may need to change that.
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Wed Dec 23, 2020 8:01 pm
Crossing the bar going North is super skinny on a full tide. We have it marked pretty good in our chart plotter and there is a channel in there. Its getting to it from the snows cut side that will leave you very high and dry.  
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