NE is a small water town that got "pretty-fied" for the tourists and big-bux boaters..a smaller vs of what HdG did some (quite a few?) yrs ago.
There's quite a bit of water available on the river .IF ya stay away from the far, upper end. I was cautioned to not stray past the last marker going N. Iff'n ya wanna sail up to the Naughty Goose dock? Fuggeddabowdit!
Guess it depends on yer "pucker factor" tolerance for water under the keel
When I'm out on the NE River, N.of Carpenter Point, I have between 6 and 9 feet of water. I draw 3'-7" but still mind the charts/depth meter. Sneaking into Cara Cove at less than mid-tide is a bit trickier; but I'm a "chicken" AND a noob ! LOL
I have gotten a bit stuck coming into the dock inside Hance's Point, only because I went past the self-imposed time/tide limit due to having too much fun sailing. THAT'S why I always try to come back in on a rising tide!
*IF* I were ever to attempt the crossing to HdG, I'd be awful cautious, as there's scant water due to the "Flats".
Most of the larger boats up on the River tend to run down to the Bay to find bigger water; coming and going on the tide.
C'mon up and see fer yerself.....but mind the tides