The Brunswick River is just 1 foot to 5 feet deep, depending on where you are, said Lt. Todd Radabaugh with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
The Brunswick River is fairly short, Radabaugh said, adding it takes him 10 minutes to navigate its length on a small motor boat. A branch of the Cape Fear River, the Brunswick River starts upstream from the Battleship North Carolina and ends downtstream from the Wilmington port, passing through the Leland/Belville area.
Radabaugh said the river’s depth is very variable. The river is not marked and its channels don’t run a straight line, so first-hand experience is the best way to learn where it’s deeper or shallower, he said.
People can purchase a nautical chart from a marine supply store, but even that is not 100 percent accurate because the current is always changing and moving sand and debris, he said.
Radabaugh said the river is so shallow a boat ramp at Belville Town Park on N.C. 133 could not be used until the river was dredged.
“I wouldn’t go water skiing there,” he said.
Date posted: June 22, 2009
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