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Econfina Creek Report
(Walsingham Bridge to Hwy 20)

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Report By:  pnerissa    Date: 9/6/2010 
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Took a labor intensive Labor Day paddle on Econfina Creek.

My Report:

Six of us arrived at the Walsingham put-in bright and early Labor Day morning. The water level was much lower than our last trip, but nothing deters our band of intrepid adventurers. We dropped in our kayaks and started what would soon become a 4 1/2 hour portage marathon. I don't think I have ever portaged so much on one trip than we did on this one!

I have a Wilderness Systems Tsunami 120 which seemed to leave me in much better shape than the five sit-on-tops that I traveled with. They seemed to hang up on ever log in the creek and two of our less experienced crew capsized multiple times. I managed to wiggle my kayak under or over most of the jams, but there were still plenty of portages that required us all to lug our boats over or around. Whew!! I just hope I'm able to move tomorrow!

WARNING! IMPORTANT!! Between Walsingham bridge and the Canoe Livery (sorry, I don't have exact coordinates) there is a house on the left on a sharp bend in the creek. It looks like new construction (or maybe remodeling.) The owners of the property have placed several large rocks all the way across the creek here. As if this wasn't enough, they have 2-3 unrestrained pit bull mixes that literally tried to attack our group as we paddled past. 2 of the dogs bounded across the creek behind my kayak to gain a better position to attack me as negotiated the turn. I literally smacked my paddle twice on the water (imitating a beaver tail slap) as they lunged for me. Luckily it was enough to back them down, but this was not a fun encounter!!

The highlight of our trip was Washington Blue Spring run. I literally paddled into a see of giant tadpoles. So beautiful! We also saw an enormous snapping turtle that wanted nothing to do with the camera. I was so mesmerized by the tadpoles that I could've sat and watch them all day, but alas.

For Labor Day weekend the creek was completely devoid of any other paddlers until we reached the Canoe Livery, but even traffic there was light. We investigated another couple of springs before encountering Crazy Eddie. Apparently this inebriated fellow had been abandoned by his friends and was wading downstream alone asking everyone for help because he was cold and lost... I don't know what befell Crazy Eddie because he was within sight of the take-out by the time we came across him, but I never saw him come up to the floating dock even though I stood guard over our kayaks for the hour it took the guys to fetch the truck. Poor Crazy Eddie...

All in all it was an "okay" trip. Too many portages for my taste, but then, your tastes may vary.

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Location Data:

Difficulty: Moderate
Location Type: River
Boat Type: Kayak
Distance (miles): 8.5
Fees/Costs $: n/a

Photos from Walsingham Bridge to Hwy 20:    (Click image to view full size)

Tadpoles Restricted

These enormous tadpoles average 6-8" in length and can be found in the spring runs

Walsingham Put-in Restricted
Walsingham Put-in

Low water at the put-in.

High Bluff Restricted
High Bluff

Kris and Stuart paddle past a bluff

Ginormous Tadpoles Restricted
Ginormous Tadpoles

They really are my favorite critter on Econfina.

Cool Cyprus Knees Restricted
Cool Cyprus Knees

Found these in Washington Blue Spring

Huge Snapping Turtle Restricted
Huge Snapping Turtle

Found this old guy lurking around in the spring. He was massive!

Limestone formations Restricted
Limestone formations

Low water exposes some of the unique limestone formations along Econfina.

Another Spring Run Restricted
Another Spring Run

The springs are clear and beautiful.

Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsGiant tadpoles!

Post Date: 9/6/2010

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