Kismet Parkway - much improved.
- I went to the Kismet Parkway launch site today, along with Lynette
Brown & Fred Merker. When we arrived at the "trouble spot" from
last wednesday, I could see that the rate of flow was substantially
less than last week. It was still flowing at a pretty good rate,
strong enough that you need to position yourself properly before
making your entry to the first snag area. We had to drag ourselves
over one submerged tree, and then limbo under 2 others, just as I
did last week - but - it was not as difficult. Once past that
point, it was just plain easy. On our way back, we hit it at high
tide - possibly slack tide. The current was almost non-existent.
Doing the limbo under the tree was a bit more difficult, because of
the higher water level, but at least we didn't have to fight the
Because of the new conditions, I would change the rating for this
paddle from "experienced only" to "moderately difficult". A total
novice should wait to develop some skills before attempting it, and
then, only with experienced partners.
We were on the water by 8am, and all 3 of us brought fishing gear.
We saw roseate spoonbills, an immature bald eagle, and we had a
flyover of about 40-50 white pelicans. All 3 of us caught (and
released) trout, and Lynette caught the biggest one of the day.
Fred caught a flounder, and I caught a cute little baby grouper -
couldn't have been over 10" long! We did get rained on, but it
didn't stop us - we enjoyed it anyway.