This sand bottom river is a favorite with canoeists and kayakers. State Park with camping, picnic areas, etc. Good put-in from roads. Lots of snow white sandbars, some riverside cliffs. Water varies from tea color to black from tannin staining.
Over the last 3 months, a few members of the WFCKC have been busy opening a channel through the log jam between Kennedy - Peadon. After the rains this week...we will confirm the condition of that log jam on Friday.
I read the report in the Fishing Journal about the slog through the Blackwater Swamp and also looked at Slash Pines report again (yes I did it before GPax pulled it up on the 'wave). Anyway, I think it is good to compare the two reports. It appears to me that Slash Pine made some good decisions about his trip, doing it in the winter when the critters weren't as agressive, finding GPS points that helped him determine the correct way thus finishing the paddle in a much shorter time.
I think the other fellows have a life time memory, and are really proud of their accomplishment, but they admitted they were worried about getting out without spending a night in the swamp.
That was an exciting trip report to read. I have talked to another paddler that said a group did that section through the swamp, and he mentioned that half mile portage. You gave some good reasons for doing it in the winter months, lack of mosquitos would be appealing also. While they don't bother people on open water, I bet they could be thick in the swamp.
I have to admit that I'm just going by my GPS... I have no idea if it's accurate or not!! I will confess to it's being inaccurate if no one ever goes that fast... or perhaps it was those 28 mph gusts hitting us from behind..
Paddlesolo, you might be interested to know that our next trip (30 Nov) will be a repeat of your 12/14/07 trip. The info you provided was very useful and I'll be curious to see what, if anything, has changed. Hope to add to the info in your report rather than repeat it. (Oh, and if you happen to be in the area....
Not only did Slashpine paddle the Blackwater the same day Gpax did a while back, but I realized that I was on the exact same section of the Blackwater on Tuesday as Slashpine. It was a stunningly beautiful day, but the smoke from the managed burnings in the Blackwater Forest gave us a fit for a brief period.
If good Greenwave editors were available, YakDave would be the first to apply for their assistance. But I assume there is a vast difference between being able to read and detect errors, and being able to keyboard error-free. Anyway, that is what I blame all my errors on - just keyboarding mistakes.
Well, no, I only strongly urge participants to wear life jackets. I have to be careful about how bossy I am around adults, especially the WFCKC members who have so much more knowledge and experience than I have at this point in the game.
After teaching 13-year-old students for more years than I care to think about, I know how to come over with a "you do this or die!" attitude, but if I am leading a trip, like the Ocheesee Pond trip where there were no sandbars for swimmers to put there feet down if they spilled, I just wrote in the announcement that life jackets were necessary, but I didn't run around checking prior to the paddle.
Peggy Sherman really sold me a nice Sony camera and I am getting a little better at selecting what to photograph. I just read again that you had lost extra memory cards on a paddle, and realized I need to carry more than one with me when I am doing three consecutive days of paddling. I did learn through experience to carry e~
Frances - nice photos on your 4/19/2008 trip! I really like the vivid colors you've captured with your camera. BTW, it's good to see the paddlers with PFDs and even a dog with a life jacket. Are you insisting on PFDs on your trips now?