Dry Creek Report
(Dry Creek upper 5 miles)

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Report By:  jlpaddle    Date: 2/25/2012 
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The pictures can do a better job than I can of showing what a great little stream Dry Creek is even in winter, with overcast and recent heavy rains.

My Report:

Dry Creek 2-25-12

There was around 7 inches of rain in the week and a half prior to this trip. The USGS Chipola River gage at Altha went from around 9 feet to almost 12.5 feet during this period. This is only a rough guide since there are no gages on Dry Creek.

The put in is a good 100 yard carry if you don’t get one of the two close parking spots. A four-wheel drive will get you down by the water, but the road is very rutted and uneven (see the picture four years old, but the road has not improved with age). The water goes very gradually from sand to deep enough to float. There is a no trespassing sign (large sign on right, after the put in dirt road) nearby that should be honored. If there are more than two vehicles park along the North side off the road. The put in is on private property, so please keep it clean for the sake of continued access.

The current at the put in was only a little faster than usual due to the recent rain and was not a real problem. The holly tree arch (see picture) at the entrance to Black Spring (river rise for Dry Creek) was a little lower, both because of the slightly higher water and the tree it self seems to be leaning a little more. You must paddle upstream to the right from the put in to get to the river at this time.

Leaving Black Spring there was a maple tree down across the exit, but we did a little cutting on it and it should not be a problem. It will require some maneuvering to get through.

The 40 foot mud walk now has enough water to float over and if our heavy canoe can make it, everyone should be able to make it through. The bulrushes (see picture) have grown a lot since October and it was a struggle to get through. Our canoe acted as the ice breaker and those behind us did not have as bad a time as we did getting through. With more traffic going through the bulrushes a path should develop again.

What I call the first pullover is now a slide over for the big heavy canoe and I don't think anyone else had any problem getting through. This is actually several trees, with the largest being closest to the surface. This is a pullover in two inches less water.

The next tree that we had worked on in the past, the water was too high to go under on the right without some serious limbo activity. Almost everyone did the slide over on the left side. There are two branches blocking the passage under the tree are about three inches thick and would only take a few minutes to cut when the water is a little lower.

The next challenge is a “limbo log” that was easy to get under before the water came up, but requires you to go to the left and bend a little. It is about 4 to 6 inches thick and there does not seem to be a good place to stand to cut it. It is not that hard to get under at this water level.

The last limbo log is now a pullover; this is at a little over 3 miles on the GPS and instead of going right at the island and running into the limbo log you can go left and there is one slide over for the big heavy canoe.

The take out (river left) is at the SR73 Bridge and at high and low water there is room for two at a time to take out and the water here is shallow sandy with a gently slopping bottom.

We saw one deer, lots of ducks, heron (great blue and white), hawks, an owl, a beaver and a few fish. The water was murky, but you could see the occasional fish. Around mile four side streams kicked in and one in particular had a lot of dirt in it and made the rest of the trip’s water dark. All eight of us had a great time and I want to thank Kathy N for her great pictures and GPAX of WFCKC for the old shot of the put in 'road'.

We saw viburnum, red maple, butterweed (I think), styrax, and confederate jasmine in bloom.

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Location Data:

Distance (miles): 5
Fees/Costs $: 0

Photos from Dry Creek upper 5 miles:    (Click image to view full size)

Put In water level No Comm
Put In water level

This gives you a rough idea of the water level based on the log in the background. Plus shows the gental slope into the water.

Put In 'Road' No Comm
Put In 'Road'

This is a 11-16-08 picture of the road looking from the water to the South. The 'road' has not improved with age. Thanks to GPAX of WFCKC for the picture.

Butterweed? No Comm

This plant is all along the river.

Take Out at SR73 No Comm
Take Out at SR73

This the take out for the upper Dry Creek trip

Viburunum Flowers No Comm
Viburunum Flowers

Walter's Viurunum in flower

Strange Tree No Comm
Strange Tree

Odd tree

My tree No Comm
My tree

I like this tree in the middle of the river.

Lilies No Comm

I think these are spider lilies

River View 3 No Comm
River View 3

This is what part of the river looks like.

River View 2 No Comm
River View 2

This is what part of the river looks like.

River View 1 No Comm
River View 1

This is what part of the river looks like.

Side Stream No Comm
Side Stream

First side stream that enters Dry Creek

Go left No Comm
Go left

Once you get through the Bulrushes the deep water is to the left

Bulrushes 2 No Comm
Bulrushes 2

In the Bulrushes

Bulrushes 1 No Comm
Bulrushes 1

going into the Bulrushes

Spring Lake No Comm
Spring Lake

Your view once you get out of the narrow channel from Black Spring. The green trees are all Dahoon holly.

Maple Tree Down No Comm
Maple Tree Down

This tree fell across the exit from Black Spring to the river.

Holly arch No Comm
Holly arch

This a holly tree you have to go under to get to Black Spring.


Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsIf you are quiet there are many different forms of wildlife (deer, birds, beaver), flowers and when it doen't rain hard lots of fish in the very clear water.

Post Date: 6/19/2012

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