The docks at Valona are privately owned by a shrimp-boatbuilding yard with a small marine railway for hauling them out. Diesel fuel, water, and ice are available.
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Old Teakettle Creek enters Doboy Sound from northward about 1 mile northwestward of Duplin River and forms a part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Shellbluff Creek, which enters Old Teakettle Creek from the westward about 0.7 mile from its northern entrance, in 1983, had a reported controlling depth of 5 feet to the small packing plant at Valona.