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Thursday, May 30, 2024

In Pictures: The Intracoastal Waterway

A weekly photographic look at what makes our area special.

WILMINGTON — There’s nothing like a summer week day on the Intracoastal just beyond Bradley’s Creek, when the weekend flotilla is gone and you find yourself alone as the water turns from bright aqua blue in the late afternoon to deep tones of pink and purple as the sun goes down, and the warm lights of Dockside reflect across the marina.

Running 3,000 miles from Boston southward down the Atlantic Seaboard and around the Gulf Coast to Brownsville, Texas, the Intracoastal Waterway has long provided boaters a navigable route away from the dangers of the open sea — and it has long provided Wilmingtonians a way of life.

This week, our photo series examines the natural beauty of our Intracoastal waters — and the boaters on their skiffs, yachts, low tide boats, johnboats and kayaks who have made the Intracoastal such a strong part of Wilmington’s identity.

Mark Darrough can be reached at

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