More Than a Launch Point

by | Jan 27, 2022 | Outdoor Recreation, Restaurants

Marsh Creek at Scotts Hill Marina is a destination for boaters with dry boat storage, a convenience store, fuel, a clubhouse and a restaurant, The Sailfish at Marsh Creek Marine.

Not just for launching boats, Marsh Creek at Scotts Hill Marina is the perfect place to spend the day. Whether you’re boating with your family, out angling with friends or enjoying a delicious seafood dinner, Marsh Creek is the perfect place to do it.

Family-owned and -operated since 1986, this privately owned marina once offered daily ramp passes to the public. Noticing the area’s growth and water access demand for the local community, Marsh Creek is now a private dry storage marina to allow for more water access to the area. Marsh Creek is nestled in a residential area off Scotts Hill Loop Road and offers two distinct features that set it apart.

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“We provide easier water access to the local community and a family friendly atmosphere,” says Charlotte Kornegay, marketing manager at Marsh Creek.

The marina has a long history as a family-owned business. Today, Jeb and Stephanie Bradshaw continue the tradition of providing community boaters with a place to launch, even though the business model has changed since the marina’s original inception.

The Bradshaws made the decision to turn the boat ramp access to a dry boat storage facility, giving local boaters access to the water, right in their own backyards and away from the congested public ramps. Today, Marsh Creek at Scotts Hill Marina boasts nearly 400 annual members and offer about 40 wet slips and 300 dry storage slips, all with convenient concierge service. Additionally, the marina offers on-site fuel for all boaters by water and a convenience store complete with all the provisions you need for a day of boating.

However, Marsh Creek is more than just a point of launch for boaters; it’s a family destination, complete with a clubhouse and restaurant, The Sailfish at Marsh Creek Marine.

First, there is the setting. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, directly across from Rich’s Inlet, 6 miles north of the Wrightsville Beach bridge and 8 miles south of the Surf City bridge, it’s the only place of its kind sitting on the New Hanover and Pender County borders. With a private membership clubhouse that offers panoramic views of the inlet, barrier island and Atlantic Ocean, it’s the perfect spot to relax after a day of recreation on the water.

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What would a great clubhouse be without delicious food? The Sailfish is a full-service restaurant and bar offering local seasonal steamed seafood. You don’t have to own a boat to enjoy it. The general public can buy a membership for $1 each year.

Opened in 2016, The Sailfish offers something for every taste, including a children’s menu. Under the talents of Chef Chris Kronenwetter, who focuses on “simplicity and freshness,” diners can expect a varied menu from Crab and Shrimp Ceviche to hand-cut filet mignon to burgers and seafood like Shrimp Etouffee and shrimp and fish baskets.

“Our barbecue shrimp and grits entree is one of our most popular,” Kornegay says.

The menu is often evolving as seasonal catches and ingredients change.

The Sailfish is accessible by water, making it convenient for boaters to stop by for lunch or spend the evening dining on the water.

No matter what brings you to Marsh Creek at Scotts Hill Marina — day tripping on the water or dining at The Sailfish — you’ll be welcomed.

“In a word, we’re a family-friendly establishment,” Kornegay says. “We want our members and guests to feel like they’re home when they visit.”

Want to go?
Find Marsh Creek at Scotts Hill Marina and The Sailfish at Marsh Creek Marine at:
2570 Scotts Hill Loop Road
Wilmington, NC 28411

Photography by Laura Glantz

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Melissa Slaven Warren

Melissa Slaven Warren

Melissa Slaven Warren is a freelance writer who lives in Southeastern North Carolina. She earned her BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is currently pursuing her Masters in Liberal Studies from UNCW. She’s been a freelance business writer, feature article author, non-fiction essayist, technical editor, entrepreneur, product and brand manager. Her work has appeared in Our State magazine and she is a regular contributor to local publications. In her spare time Melissa enjoys water sports and coastal living with her husband Bill and 110 lb. rescue dog, aptly named Bear. Visit her website at