My experience there was about 5 years ago.
Drawing 3 1/2 ft, I had no trouble with Ocracoke at all, with room to spare, so think you could have made it too, THEN. So I hope others weigh in on this.
But the Big (Foot ?) Slough channel into Silver Lake, where I'm guessing you want to go, was a problem this spring. We started over there, but reports were that the channel was less than 4 ft. The coast guard @ Ocracoke could't tell me for sure, but one finally said fishing
boats drawing 5 ft went in all the time. Not sure if they had to avoid low tide though. The ferry
goes there as well, and I would think that draws over 5 ft. We would have triedit, but the wind
died, and it would have been too late to be worth going.