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Blackwater River Report
(Norman Riley to Bryant Bridge)

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Report By:  slashpine    Date: 10/26/2008 
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Kayak trip, mid-day, from the Norman Riley fish camp to the Bryant Bridge.

My Report:

A late week rain left the Blackwater slightly high and muddy, gray and red. The river is wide down this stretch and slow, so we set off on a leisurely journey. Paddling, if you intend to go slow, is minimal. There are fewer high banks and the woods on the banks are sparse at times, only tall stands of pine. Maple leaves have begun their change into fall colors. Dull bursts of rust colored blueberry line the banks. But mostly, the scenery is green and lush. Some of the trees creaked in a high wind, lending an eerie feel to the trip.

Early in the trip, a duck flapped briskly away from us, and that was that last we saw of him (or her). A woodpecker and a blue jay also provided some entertainment for us, especially the blue jay who shot from the forest and skidded along the water before regaining his bearings and dashing back into the woods. We finally were able to photograph a large turtle basking in the sun. Several smaller ones plopped into the water before we'd noticed them.

Two remains of train trestles cross the river. One has three above ground posts remaining and many other submerged posts. The second is all but gone, buried beneath the surface. About a third into the trip, we noticed a small creek about 15 feet across and a couple feet deep. We turned the kayaks into this milky yellow passage. The water was considerably colder here. We went in about a hundred feet before our way was blocked by a log jam. Water gurgled through the logs with a nice sound, like waterfalls that we also found in several places.

This trip is very short, has several large sandbanks along its route, and many access roads. However, we saw no other persons until we reached the end of the trip.

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Location Data:

Difficulty: Easy
Location Type: River
Boat Type: Kayak
Distance (miles): 4
Fees/Costs $: 0

Photos from Norman Riley to Bryant Bridge:    (Click image to view full size)

wide river No Comm
wide river

Early in the trip, river is wide and muddy and leaves beginning to turn.

turtle No Comm

large turtle just before leaping off log.

small creek No Comm
small creek

leaving the small creek after surveying it

paddle glint No Comm
paddle glint

late afternoon light sparkling on paddle

Special Interests and Comments:

Special Intereststwo train trestle remains, small creek feeding into BW.

Post Date: 10/28/2008

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