Paddle Trip #16 - Upper Broad Creek - NW Harbour

LEE'S LANDING TO NW CREEK RAMP

DESCRIPTION

  • Paddle distance:  6 to 10 miles.
  • Put-in:  Lee's Landing (N35 06.395 W76 56.045)
  • Take-out:  Fairfield Harbour (N35 03.981 W76 58.079)
  • Trip Highlights:  Creek to river into Canal Development, Some birds and wildlife sightings likely.
  • Trip Difficulty:  Moderate to demanding due to distance and some open water.
  • Hazards:  Boat traffic, wind and slight current.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO

PUT-IN:  LEE'S LANDING NCWRC RAMP

  • From Bridgeton, travel east on NC 55, turn right on SR 1131 (Chair Road) in Reelsboro.  Travel 1.2 miles along SR 1131 to stop sign, turn right on SR 1103, proceed 1.7 miles to ramp.

TAKE-OUT:  NORTHWEST CREEK RAMP

  • Traveling on NC 55 from New Bern, turn right onto Broad Creek Road.  Follow into Fairfield Harbour and Turn right on Barkentine Dr.  Go two streets to Harbourside Drive and turn right.  Follow to ramp.

PADDLE TRIP SUMMARY

This paddle begins at Lee's Landing in the Upper Broad Creek which eventually connects to the Neuse River.  Shortly after you enter Northwest Creek and the Fairfield Harbour Community, you will pass the Northwest Creek Marina.  The Fairfield Harbour community was developed with many of the homes located on the more then 2 miles of canals.

TRIP DETAILS

  • Put-in:  From the NCWRC ramp, paddle down steam (to the left) toward the Neuse River.
  • Mile 4.1:  The Black Beard Sailing Club facility is seen along the right shoreline.
  • Mile 4.3:  Shortly after the Sailing Club you will round Rowland Point and the confluence of the Neuse River.
  • Mile 5.2:  Following the right shoreline you will enter Northwest Creek and the Fairfield Harbour Community.
  • Mile 5.8:  Immediately past the Northwest Creek Marina, you will see the ramp along the right shoreline.
  • Mile 6.0:  In less then 1/4 mile from the marina, you may begin to explore the more then 2 miles of canals in Fairfield Harbour.  You will see a split of the waterway, one canal continues straight ahead while the other leads off to your right.  Following the right canal, allows you to wander deeper into the communities' waterway system.
  • TAKE-OUT:  As previously noted, the take out ramp is located to the North of the marina.  Trip length is 6 miles plus 4 miles of exploring the canals of Fairfield Harbour.


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