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The term well known on the Chesapeake applies here...

"Gunkholing is a boating and sea kayaking term referring to a type of cruising in shallow or shoal water, meandering from place to place, spending the nights in coves. The term refers to the gunk, or mud, typical of the creeks, coves, marshes, sloughs, and rivers that are referred to as gunkholes. Because of the slow pace, this type of cruising is best enjoyed by those cruising by sailboat or trawler. While not necessary, gunkholers typically seek out the serenity of isolated anchorages over the crowds of marinas and popular bays, and a minimal draft is preferred, since gunkholers tend to go as far up and into the gunkholes as possible, seeking ever more inaccessible destinations..."
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I have successfully entered and exited Queenstown Creek with my 5'6" draft withOUT running aground. The last time I did this was 2 summers ago. The anchorage is nice and empty. There is a nice beach. Unfortunately, the water quality was terrible then and we have not returned. The dogs that swam in the water got sick. The cause of the problem was it trapped the sewage overflow problem on the Corsica River upstream. Don't know if they got that fixed yet - it was big news then!
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You all who think Queenstown is interesting..try Grove Creek off of Reed Creek..now that will give most pucker strains...:~}
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Where do you anchor? Out in the Chester River??
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Will be in Queenstown this (Full Moon) weekend..will be listening to Channel 16(156.80Mhz) if anyone is interested in enjoying the area...

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I have successfully entered and exited Queenstown Creek with my 5'6" draft withOUT running aground. The last time I did this was 2 summers ago. The anchorage is nice and empty. There is a nice beach. Unfortunately, the water quality was terrible then and we have not returned. The dogs that swam in the water got sick. The cause of the problem was it trapped the sewage overflow problem on the Corsica River upstream. Don't know if they got that fixed yet - it was big news then!
Some pointers would be nice

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Ok, you want pointers (I don't blame ya!): first of all, it was made easy for me nbecause of my chartplotter. I could stay between the narrow lines of the channel. plus, I'ld been there before so I followed my track in. That said; some important considerations are:- stay away from the marks. A common error is to get close to them and get into trouble. Give them a berth of about 10 feet. - When you get into the creek, there is a sandy beach on port as you enter. it comes to a point that you must give WIDE berth. Stay in the middle between that sandy point and the southern shore. the lagoon holds at least 6 feet of water and is plenty large for many boats. My ONE question is: "has the water quality improved?" If so, it's a very pleasant place to be.
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Ok, you want pointers (I don't blame ya!): first of all, it was made easy for me nbecause of my chartplotter. I could stay between the narrow lines of the channel. plus, I'ld been there before so I followed my track in. That said; some important considerations are:- stay away from the marks. A common error is to get close to them and get into trouble. Give them a berth of about 10 feet. - When you get into the creek, there is a sandy beach on port as you enter. it comes to a point that you must give WIDE berth. Stay in the middle between that sandy point and the southern shore. the lagoon holds at least 6 feet of water and is plenty large for many boats. My ONE question is: "has the water quality improved?" If so, it's a very pleasant place to be.
You didn't stay very long..like in and out. Saw you around 10am on Sat. as we sailed up to the red #14 QT entrance bouy. Spent about an hour and half taking depth soundings from the dingy after anchoring..seems the last green can may have moved abit to the left... Watched several power boated run aground when they followed to closely to the green cans. Also watched (2) power boaters cut between the "Danger Shoal" sign and the first green can..and than take it way wide to the right of the second green can..now that was interesting!

Only one other sailboat inside along with (3) rafted up groups of power boats... All-in-all a very nice night with a full moon and music from a wedding on shore.

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Nice sig, particularly the 4'10" draft part

I guess what bugs me about QT is never have I not been able to get into a creek I wanted to! Still Pond Creek, done it many times, sure I bumped bottom here and there but I got in without to much pain.

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