If your looking for a good cove to board in, try and find Newberry Creek. The cove there is AWESOME to board in. Stay to the north side of the bridge by Catfish Bay (HWY 70) and things aren't that bad. The second you get on the southside of that bridge, things start getting pretty rough.
When your ready to party, head over to the Islands. I suggest you load your boat up, drive over there, and then drop in again at Soldier Creek. As you have about a 45min to an hour drive by water from the area I described above, but about a 10 min drive by land.