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The Neuse River, Adams Creek, And Intracoastal Waterway In Carteret County NC

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Adams Creek begins at a branch of the Neuse River separating the land mass of Harlowe in Craven County from the land mass of Merrimon is Carteret County. What is interesting about this area, and a fact that most don’t know, is that the water in this creek is legally in Craven County while the banks of this area is in Carteret County. All land to the east is in Carteret County while all land to the west is in Craven, at least in the beginning.

This creek is a tributary of the Neuse River that flows north to south. As water flows south towards Harlowe Creek and eventually in to the Newport River, the entire east and west banks are in Carteret. At this point, this body of water is very narrow and forms the important Intracoastal Waterway that is very popular for sailboat and boat travel along the inner banks of the Pamlico Sound.

Officially, Adams Creek turns in to Core Creek near the Highway 101 bridge that goes over this body of water, and it is Core Creek that eventually empties in to Harlowe Creek and the Newport River.

At it’s widest, this waterway is .55 miles across, and the length of this waterway is 10.7 miles (14.7 miles if you include Core Creek and consider the entire Intracoastal Waterway).

Communities in Carteret County include Merrimon, North River, and Beaufort NC.

Weather information, including current conditions, forecast, and advisories are include on our dedicated weather page.

We currently have no data or demographics on how deep this creek is, and thus what sized boats and sailboats are able to navigate the Intracoastal Waterway. If you have information on this, please use the discussion form below to inform us and our readers.

This body of water is located in the 252 area code.

Smaller branches of this waterway include: Sandy Huss Creek, Dumpling Creek, Cullie Creek, Back Creek, Isaac Creek, Jerry Bay, Kellum Creek, Delamar Creek, and Godfrey Creek.

The great Pamlico Sound is directly connected to the Neuse River and the Newport River. (Aerial Google Maps View)


As we asked earlier, what sized boats and sailboats can easily and safely navigate this creek and Intracoastal Waterway?

What types of businesses in Merrimon or near the Highway 101 bridge exist for lodging such as hotels and motels, convenience stores, or marinas where gas and boating supplies are available?

Where are public boat ramps located so that the public can access this waterway?

What types of marine wildlife and nature exists and live along this route? What types of recreational or commercial fishing is allowed in this creek? Does anyone use this area for the harvesting of shellfish such as clams, oysters, and shrimp?

What are some special considerations when navigating this body of water in NC?

Are there any RV parks or campgrounds that the public can use when visiting this area? What other types of tourism opportunities exists along this waterway?

What is the flooding potential for this body of water?

What are some specific scenic routes for those navigating this area using a canoe or kayak?

Large parts of this body of water is located in very rural areas where we suspect significant wildlife exists. Are there any opportunities for public hunting areas along this waterway when duck hunting or deer hunting?

What is some other information that we did not touch on when considering the Neuse River, Carteret County NC, the Intracoastal Waterway, and Core Creek as it relates to Adams Creek?

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Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

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