trip report- Town Creek (Brunswick Co) 6/29/02
- Just when high tide comes inland was a major matter of concern on
Saturday's trip. Being from Fayetteville where we don't have to deal
with tides Jim and I just figured that if high tide at Masonboro
inlet was at 11:30 AM, it should be high about the same time on Town
Creek. No such luck; the tide didn't turn around until about four
o'clock where we were, and that turned out to be pretty close to the
takeout. So we had an enjoyable 15.4 mile paddle by my GPS which
covered about a 5 mile straight line distance mostly against the
current (I'm told you can't say upstream in this context). Put in
was at the wildlife access on Rice's Creek off 1521 which is marked
on the map herein linked. We took out at 133, the north side of the
bridge near the convenience store being somewhat less muddy with the
tide mostly out. Shuttle was down a dirt road through mostly
undeveloped forest, very scenic. We started out mostly in cypress
swamp with occasional high ground and ended up in a salt marsh with
fiddler crabs dotting the shore. We had four gator sightings. They
were all roughly 6-8 feet long suggesting that the same gator was
following us figuring he and 10 boats and the odds were that sooner
or later someone would fall in. We also saw some turtles, fish,
osprey, kingfishers, prothonatory warblers, and other birds.
We found a good beach pullup river left about 3 miles into the trip
for lunch. A little past the army rail road tracks we found an easy
cut through on river left which saved us about a half-mile meander.
Soon after that, some thunder storms approached and, with perfect
timing, we found a fishing cabin with a big front porch which made
for a nice, safe, dry place to watch natures fireworks, some of which
struck within a couple hundred yards. As the river turned salt, we
saw many side canals probably the remains of old rice plantations.
Many dead cypress trees were noted by Charles West who blamed their
state on increasing saltwater incursion in the area. This is partly
an effect of interbasin transfer out of Jordan lake which is being
sucked dry and dumped in the Neuse basin by Cary folks watering their
lawns and washing their cars. We put in a little after 11 and took
out about 5:30 with about 5 hours 10 minutes moving time per my GPS.
Paddlers included Jim and Mia MacDermott (trip leaders), their two
dogs, Mazie and Schmitt, Charles West and Becky Wagg, Asa Beamer,
Mary Florian, Mary Martha Vaught, Rudolph Floyd, Carlton Royal,
Charles Kernan, Robert Caudil, and myself.
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