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Economical dockage on beautiful Broad Creek and the amenities of Oriental, North Carolina minutes away.

Quiet and secluded, the Boonedocks is a scenic backwater delight. Dockage is offered by day, week, month, or year. Transients are welcome as space allows. Just minutes off the ICW, Boonedocks offers a relaxing deepwater respite from the rigors of yacht transit. Local boaters find Boonedocks' location a refreshing contrast to the busier Oriental area and environs, and just a short ride to the open reaches of the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound. Boaters from afar leaving their boats in our care find comfort in 24-hour security and the dockcams that will allow them to view their boat at will no matter what their location.

Hurricane Photos

Slip Rentals at The Boonedocks

The Boonedocks is a sensible alternative to Oriental proper and close enough to carry an Oriental address. Only minutes away by land or water, Oriental offers all the amenities, facilities, and recreation a cruiser or day sailor needs.

Each Boonedocks pier can accommodate a catamaran and nine other sail or power boats. Docks feature 5- to 6-foot depths, 24-hour security, and 30-amp service. Please call for rates.


The Boonedocks' showerhouse (and world-renowned musical head) is heated or cooled, depending on the season, and a short, easy walk from either pier. If arriving at night, motion detector-assisted lighting will help you find the way.

Breakfast with the Dockmaster - A Tradition is Born

(Well, no, you don't really have to eat with the dockmaster, but we'll help you get a full day of boating in by getting you fed and watered in the morning on Sundays. Read on.)

Slipholders are invited to share Sunday Breakfast with the Dockmaster on the deck on dry Sundays during warm weather months. If it's raining on a Sunday at 9:00 a.m., stay in your boat! If, however, there's a brilliant blue Carolina sky and a warm Broad Creek sun shining down, feel free to come on up to the dockmaster's quarters and share a hot breakfast with us al fresco (you know Al, he's over there on Dock A, Slip 3). The dockmaster spent several weeks this spring cleaning, pressure washing, sanding, and resealing the deck to make it spiffy for Sunday mornings, and he's darned excited about our first Sunday breakfast (April 20, 2003).

What's for breakfast? It's your typical camp fare - scrambled eggs, grits, and whatever breakfast meat was on sale that week; fresh-ground coffee and whatever fruit juice was cheap at the grocer's; fresh, still-warm- from-the-oven sourdough bread; biscuits if there's time; and, fresh fruit if it's inexpensive. Are you seeing a pattern here? The dockmaster likes breakfast on a budget with lots of cholesterol and calories. It's a hearty breakfast to get a captain and crew going, whether they're on their way home or out into the sound.

See you at 9:00 a.m., but let us know on Saturday if you think you'll join us - and it ain't no big deal if you forget. An extra crew member or two won't sink us - it'll just be easier if we know how many folks to expect.

UPDATE: Breakfast turns out to be a great deal of fun for us, and we hope for you. It seems the slipholders enjoy the opportunity to get to meet each other and, besides, any meal you don't have to cook or clean up is a good one, right? We've decided that breakfast will be held even on rainy days. We've moved an auction-find into the dockmaster's quarters - a farm-family sized oak table - that should accommodate any crowd we come up with. So, rain or shine, you're invited to breakfast on Sunday mornings.


Cabin Rental

Bed & Boat - Beginning in May 2003 following extensive renovations, the Boonedocks' guest cabin will be available for short-term (up to two weeks) and weekend rentals. For an additional fee, the dockmaster's personal sailboat will be put at your disposal during your stay. Would you like us to email you when renovations are complete? Just email the innkeeper@boonedocksmarina.com or write or phone us. We'll notify you when we begin taking reservations.

If you're not sailing, what else is there to do around Pamlico County? Click here for ideas, information, and links to area resources.

Being on the coast, we quite naturally have a few mosquitoes and other pests - click here to learn about our kid- and pet-friendly, natural mosquito/pest control.

When you visit Boonedocks, you can keep as busy as you want or just relax and do nothing at all! Or, you might want to try your hand at a Boonedocks Crossword Puzzle.

Renovations update: If you're at the Boonedocks in late March or early April, you'll see that the cabin is still on the ground, but the utility shed has been removed from its western side where a new deck is planned for installation. Toward the end of April, you'll see the cabin lifted six to seven feet off the ground and landscaping will begin underneath. The two stately pines by the front door? They're staying and they will continue to frame the entryway, although a few of their lower limbs may be coming off. The dockmaster and his son pretty nearly gutted the cabin recently and removed some closets which short-termers won't be needing in order to increase the size of both the bathroom and the bedroom. Over the past few months, we've been scouting the antique stores and flea markets looking for cabiny/fishy finds to adorn the cabin. Cedar shingles for the outer walls should be delivered any day now; the dockmaster is still sourcing wood for the floors and ceiling. The grape vine and fig tree will be unharmed by the renovations, although one cross section of the grape vine may require repositioning.

Many of the slipholders have asked us recently about renovation timeframes and our rental policies. We sure hope to be done by at least the end of May, depending on when we can get all our ducks (i.e., contractors) in a row. As far as cost per night, we haven't really settled on an amount yet. Certainly, though, we'll be competitive with the few local establishments available. Rental fees will probably include an optional "breakfast on the deck" with the dockmaster and weather gal, weather permitting, and fresh veggies from the weather gal's garden. We'll keep you posted, and, as the cabin becomes more photogenic, we'll post photos of the work in progress.

May 19, 2003 - The cabin went up in the air late last week - it was quite a production. We saved you some photos. We've begun clearing "nuisance" trees around the cabin in preparation for landscaping. The dockmaster began removing windows Sunday. We like the modified views from the cabin - they were okay before, but now you can see more water. We'll keep you updated as we continue rehab.

dockmaster bends rebar Al, his crew, and the cement June 12, 2003 - Okay, so perhaps we were a lot overly optimistic about getting the cabin renovated by the end of May! The good news is that the new footings went in yesterday. The dockmaster found an interesting technique for bending rebar - he used the trailer. Al, our mason, and his crew have shown up every few days for the last week or so to work on removing the old cinder block supports, digging holes for the new footings, and finally getting the cement in and leveled. The building inspector has been out, permits issued, and work continues at a good pace. New windows should arrive today or tomorrow, and, once they're in, the cedar shingles that have been making our garage smell so terrific can finally go up. That should get us down to just a few hard weeks' work on the interior and, Voila!, a renovated cabin. Well, and then there's that whole interior decor thing and landscaping, but that really should be quick work compared to the first stages, plus a lot of smaller sub-tasks have already been accomplished over the last six months. We're beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, er, cabin, er cottage . . . or maybe cabb-age. Still don't know what to call the cabin - is it a cabin, a lodge, a cottage? It's a bit of all three, or will be. I kind of favor calling it the Boonedocks Treehouse, as it gives you that treehouse feeling now that it's up in the air a good ways. With the shingles, though, it will resemble a lodge or maybe a gingerbread house. The decor edges toward the lodgy end of the spectrum. Stay tuned, we'll come up with an appropriate name before the big Open Cabin celebration!



Our Lat & Lon

Decimal Degrees Deg:Min:Sec
Lat: 35.097170 35:05:49.812N
Lon: -076.647320 76:38:50.352W

Boonedocks and Surrounds - Including Oriental - just five miles away
Map of Fork Point and Surrounding Area

topographical map of 1108 Fork Point Road
View other area maps at TopoZone

Mapquest Link for Road Map and Driving Directions


Photos and Other Images

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Dock A at Sunrise Dock B at Sunrise Showerhouse in Winter Winter Sunrise at the Boonedocks
Dock A at Sunrise in Winter Dock B at Sunrise in Winter Air Conditioned Showerhouse Winter Sunrise at The Boonedocks
Dock A in Summer View of Boonedocks from Dock B Catamaran Slips Cabin in Summer
View from Dock A in Summer View from Dock B in Summer Catamaran Slip at Dock A The Cabin in Summer prior to renovations
See More Photos:  |Snow Day!|  |Visitors|  |Misty Morning|  |Bird's Eye Views|  |High Water|  |Easter 2003|  |Cabin Raising|  |Boonedocks Time Machine|
Slipholder Photos:   Roger Goes Up the Mast
Trip Reports/Photos:   The Sundmans


The original DockCam plan was to install three cameras around the docks for a shot of each pier and a third down the creek. However, it turns out that you can't put just any old camera 175 feet away from your computer and 35 feet up a tree! Plus, there's a little concern about isolating the wiring from your house wiring during lightning storms. Finally, though, at long last, we've finished our research and found what we believe will be the perfect camera. We're starting out with a single unit and wide-angle lens, and if it works well, then we'll add on. Look for the DockCam in March - delivery of the unit will be fast, it's finding someone to climb that tree that may take a while!


Weather at the Docks and in the area

Old-Style Weather Reports           From the Door at the Boonedocks:
June 12, 2003, 7:00 a.m.:
Bet you thought we'd never do another weather report, eh? It's been a busy two weeks at the Boonedocks - check out the cabin renovations and the Broad Creek Journal to see what we've been up to. We welcomed a new old Morgan to Dock A last week. Plus - the Sundmans were back in town for most of the last two weeks. They're off again on their great adventure, leaving behind blueberries, two bags of shells from Cape Lookout, assorted and most welcome "won't-fit-on-the-boat-don't-need-them-things," and tasty contributions to two Sunday Breakfasts. Each time we see or hear from them, I have to admit to having a bit of sail envy.

Back to the weather, we've had an amazing mix lately, but you already know that, right. So what's in store this weekend?

Depending on which forecast you trust, you can expect between a 10 and 40 percent chance of rain each day until next Thursday. The forecasts I'm most comfortable with call it 10-20 percent over the weekend and 10-30 percent Monday through Thursday. We don't expect, however, that any of the possible storms will last long or carry a great deal of high winds - as opposed to the tree-benders we've been having since the end of May.

Regardless of weather conditions, you're always invited for Breakfast with the Dockmaster, every Sunday at 9:00 a.m.

Got a minute? Try our sometimes-daily-more-often-weekly crossword puzzle.

Hmmmmmm . . . I wonder what the weather was like at dawn on . . .? Boonedocks Time Machine
a flash in the pilings, Jun 12, 2003

For specific reports, Patrick Walsh maintains a weather page (reported from the top of a 50-foot mast) five miles east of New Bern on the Neuse. Click Here. (Thanks, Patrick)

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Broad Creek Journal

(occasional notes about those things that make life on Broad Creek so special)

Archived Notes from December  |  Archived Notes from January & February  |  Archived Notes from March  |  Archived Notes from April   |  Archived Notes from May

Half a month nearly gone and it feels like three! Last week we had our first dolphin sighting in Broad Creek. The dockmaster and I were mighty excited about that - the dolphins were only about 30 yards off Dock A. We watched them go down the creek towards the Neuse, and when they got to the fork with Browns Creek, the roiling water and flurry of fins attested to their sound choice of feeding grounds. It was quite a sight!

The dockmaster saw a black fox (twice) on Fork Point Road.

A giant caterpillar - okay, not giant, but he was 2 inches long - granted us a short visit this week. Really, I probably should have gotten rid of him for good (he's bad news for my plants for sure), but instead I put him in the marsh. I think, sometimes, it's probably best to let old Ma Nature maintain her own balance (except, of course, for mosquitoes and ants - then all bets are off!). The next day, I watched a handsome cardinal fly into the herb garden, drop a suspiciously familiar caterpillar on the mulch for a minute while checking out another likely victim, and then pick him up again and fly off - presumably for a little snack. Old Ma Nature - she comes through every time.

The salamander we evicted from beneath the cabin during the raising has taken up residence in the wood pile. He's basically harmless but does give you a jolt when you come across his kind of ugly mug.

Besides active wildlife watching these first two weeks in June, we've been working like crazy. The dockmaster rented a backhoe/frontloader type thing for a day, and we moved around a bunch of dirt and compost, finally got in a 25-1/2 x 8-foot vegetable garden (corn, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, cowpeas, lima beans, dill, canteloupe, and okra are all up and thriving already), installed more flower beds, dug drainage trenches, and, oh, I don't know, other stuff. It was a busy rental day! Then there was all the other work we've been doing on the cabin and the grounds. . .

Somehow, we still managed to get in a bit of "real" work, too, and had a gaggle of teenagers over for two days of envelope stuffing, stamping, and label affixing. In the end, we sent nearly 4000 letters to potential advertisers for the Scout camps guide.

Somehow, even though I updated other people's websites in June, I just didn't get around to our own, and time really does fly here. Just yesterday (was it yesterday?), I opined to a neighbor that my entire concept of timekeeping has changed since our arrival on Broad Creek. I no longer pay so much attention to clocks and calendars; it's the space between the storms and the hours between the rising and setting of the sun that I watch. Our days seem more full and complete, and we're having so much fun that we hardly notice that they're slipping away so fast.
June 12, 2003

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Links of Interest

For local goings on and a good classified section: Towndock.net
Pamlico County information: Pamlico-NC.com
Pamlico Business Information: Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce
Information on NC Waters: NCWaterways.com
Minnesott Beach Ferry Schedule (and others): NCFerry.org
Coming via I-95? Latest travel alerts: The I-95 Exit Information Guide OnLine - Traveler's Alert
Meet our Pamlico Scouts in Troop and Pack 683
Our "real" jobs: Scout Camps USA - The Only Guide to Every BSA Camp in the Nation

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How to Contact Us

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For questions about dockage and cabin rental, talk to Paul, your Boonedockmaster.
For questions about this website, talk to Mitzi, your webmistress.

252.249.DOCK (3625)

The Boonedocks
1108 Fork Point Road
Oriental, NC  28571

Slip Rentals - dockmaster@boonedocksmarina.com
Cabin Rental - innkeeper@boonedocksmarina.com
Canoe/Kayak Information - paddle@boonedocksmarina.com
Oriental Information- stay@boonedocksmarina.com
Website Matters- webmistress@boonedocksmarina.com

Are you a Scout Leader? If your Scouting group is passing through the Pamlico County area by canoe, kayak, or car this summer, please accept our invitation to stay the night at the Boonedocks free of charge. We're on Broad Creek, just off the Neuse River, and at the junction of a number of great paddling trails. We can accommodate as many as eight tents, and you are free to use the shower house. We might even make you some pancakes to get you going the next morning with a minimum of fuss. Contact us for more information - we'll even be happy to send you a packet of trip-planning aids, if you'd like (or for as long as our supply holds out). In the BSA world, you'll find we're a 20-minute drive from Pamlico Seabase and the Bonner Scout Reservation and just a bit farther from Camps Bower and Tuscarora. We're near the Crystal Coast, maritime museums, an estuarium(!), and, of course, Pamlico Sound and the Neuse. With dozens of things to do, trails to paddle, and sights to see, our location is a perfect starting, stopover, or end point to a memorable trip, and it would be our pleasure to host your group.


About The Boonedocks  Cabin Rentals  Maps of our Location  Photos from the Boonedocks  Dock Cams  Weather at the docks, on the Neuse, and in the Sound  Broad Creek Journal  Local Links of Interest  How to Contact Us  Daily Crossword 

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