Paddling Eastern North Carolina
by Paul Ferguson (Pocosin Press)
© Paul Ferguson/Pocosin Press. All Rights Reserved.
Entered the River at the Wildlife access point near Ivanhoe. Water level at the Tomahawk USGS station was 2.54 feet. Date on river 7/26/08 and the river was absolutely perfect for a day of kayaking. Lots of wild flowers blooming and ease of navigating this part of the river made it easy to go back to explore other parts of the river. Lots of trees down, but in all cases portions had been cut for passage..
Started at landing #4, the NC wildlife put in on Wildcat road at low water. Lots of trees to go around, under, over, and through. Saw 10 or more snakes up close and personal. Camped somewhere in the swamp. Sometimes thought we were lost....."this stream can't be the river we are supposed to be on?" There was no mistaking where we were when we got to the ancient cypress trees. Beautiful wide, flat area with sandy bottom with clear brown water running over it. Fantastic cypress trees, many of them hollow and distorted by the years. The previous difficulties made no difference once we arrived in this otherworld. Highly recommended, but I think that the low water conditions greatly enhanced the appearance of the stand of old cypress trees.
Section 5, pages 42–43 Update: The campsite managed by Cape Fear River Watch can be difficult to locate from the river. If using a GPS, a point on the riverbank close to the site is 34 degrees 35.284 minutes North, 78 degrees 16.143 minutes West (WGS 84 Datum). Section 6, page 43 Update: Change the estimated minimum for being able to paddle through the Narrows area to 475 cfs (5.1 feet). Update: A private ramp is 300 feet downstream right of the NC 53 bridge. The entrance is the first driveway off Longview Road. There is a sign saying Newby''s and requesting $3 per boat paid to the honor box. Update: Canoe rental is no longer provided at Henry''s Landing. Boat ramp, camping, and shuttle assistance are still available.
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