2005-05-31, paddling The Trent River from State Road #1129 to Route 58,

2005-05-31, paddling The Trent River from State Road #1129 to Route 58, this coming Tuesday.

This section of the Trent is really amazing. The distance from put-in to take-out is 2.6 miles by air.

By water, as describe in Paul Ferguson’s, “Paddling Eastern North Carolina”, Section #1, it is 5.8 miles.

To see why it is more than twice as far by water than as the crow flies, see his map on page 286. The river twist and turns constantly. It is about as pretty as it gets.

We will meet and put-in at Chinquapin Chapel Road (Jones Co.) State Road #1129. at 10:00. We will take-out at Route 58.

If some can arrange for shuttle vehicles to be left at 58 that will save us a lot of time setting up a shuttle.

We know we will encounter blown downed trees. We need a chain saw or two up front in a tandem canoe. And we need good weather. The long range forecast is for a thunderstorm. One short thunderstorm in summer weather should not make us miss a whole day of paddling.

Please confirm to me we will have a chainsaw. ( Dale has already said yes.) Choppers and clippers and hand saws are good too. We will not try to clear the whole river. Just quickly cut a hole through big enough for us to get through so we can get off the river by 3:00.

I will advise all early Tuesday morning go or no go. Rain date is Friday, June 3rd.


This is our report on last weeks trip, 2005-05-25, from Comfort to # 1129. We are so in love with The Trent River that we just have to continue on down, blockages or not.

At the out set we talked with Commissioner Battle of Jones County who gave us permission to park our vehicles on his premises behind the his store. While we were talking to him Commissioner Frank Emory came in and told us he was joining us on our paddle today. This was a very pleasant and welcome surprise.

We put-in down the dirt road behind the store at the river. The Trent River Gauge was at about 4.75 feet which turned out to be good water. The current was slow here but as we paddled on Jim Stevens clocked us on his GPS at 3.8 miles per hour.

We encountered strainers and blown down trees across the river. We managed to get by, cut through, go under or over all of them.

In spite of this we planned to paddle the next section upstream but not being able to find an access on that lang stretch we decided to go downstream as outlined above. We can do 15 miles or more a day with out blow downs and picking up litter.

The participants were, L/R in #1450, Sam Shalhoub, from Jacksonville,Jones County Commissioner, Frank Emory, Dale Weston, from Jacksonville and Tom Fineco and Jim Stevens, from New Bern. In # 1451 Tom and Jim pulling a large floating log away from blocking our downstream pasage.

Check out this image I found on TerraServer-USA:

for map of this section .

Go to our web site and click on Current Events and then Older Write Ups and you can read about and see pictures of three trips we made in 2003 on this lovely river.


2005-05-25, The Trent River

2005-05-25, this Wednesday, Trent River from Comfort to Chinaquin Bridge Road S.R. #1129.

Everybody loves the Trent River. We have paddled it and removed litter from Pleasant Hill to The Neuse.

We meet at 10:00 at the Post Office at Comfort on Route 41. We take out at the first bridge above. We should be off the river about 3:00. See Paul Ferguson’s book “Paddling Eastern North Carolina” for map of the take-out location.

Jones County was instrumental in clearing a trail for us on The White Oak River. This is in some small way will be our expresssion of thanks and appreciation of what they have done for us on our White Oak.

Bring a chain saw if you can.We don’t think we will need it but who knows what Mother Nature has done.

Have you e-mailed your support for House Bill H1125. If not please do so now. This is extremely important that you all do this if you want to stop littering.

Please contact the chairs of the House Transportation Committee, listed below, and ask them to support HB 1125 to curtail littering at the source.
Rep. Lucy Allen, 919-733-5860, lucya@ncleg.net Rep. Becky Carney, 919-733-5827, beckyc@ncleg.netRep. Cary Allred, 919-733-5905, carya@ncleg.net Rep. Bonner Stiller, 919-733-5974, bonners@ncleg.net

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For a humourous story and great pictures click on this:


Y’ll come.

Elmer, The White Oak River TrashmanStewards of the White Oak River BasinPlease visit: www.whiteoakstewards.org 910-389-4588——————————————————————————————————————————–


2005-05-19, White Oak River

Subject: 2005-05-19, this Thursday, White Oak River

Don Sykes is here on vacation. He and I are definite. Please join us. We set up shuttle at 9:00 at Gibson Bridge. We put in at Emmett Lane Bridge. We paddle up to Big Cypress and back to Gibson. Should be off by 3:00. This is the newly cleared section.

2005-05-17, Today, The Three Rivers Trip. Particpants were Dale Weston of Jacksonville, Don Sykes of Cary, Jim Stevens of New Bern and Elmer Eddy of Swansboro.

This pretty King Snake greeted us at our put-in. We guess he came to welcome Don Sykes, from Cary, The Snake Man. Don pointed out about ten more today. He sees snakes we never see! ALL GOT OUT OF OUR WAY. STAY AWAY FROM THEM AND THEY WILL STAY AWAY FROM YOU. We saw alligators too but could not get close to them

We circled the New Quatenary Tract. We went down Starkys Creek and down the White Oak to Haywood Landing where we had lunch. I had a Hot Meal. It was steaming. It was good.

We continued on Down the White Oak to Grants Creek and paddled back up to the Belgrade-Swansboro Road.

We do not recomend that anyone do this again until both Starkys and Grants are cleared of blowdowns. See our web site and you will see why. These creeks should be cleared for paddlng and recreation and to control mosquitos.

These creeks will be the only Public Access to the White Oak River for about 30 miles of river from Swansboro to Gibson Bridge in Onslow County. That is reason enough to have them cleared. Copy of this is being sent to JR Batchelor, Mosquito Control man of Onslow County, and Mac Sligh, Administrator of Onslow Parks and Recreation. Call them and tell them you want them cleared so you can, #1, paddle them, and #2, to get on the White Oak River. Elmer
—————————————————————-Elmer, The White Oak River TrashmanStewards of the White Oak River BasinPlease visit: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/ 910-389-4588——————————————————————————————————————————–


2005-05-14,White Oak River clean up, roads and waters this Saturday

This Saturday, National Clean Up, White Oak River Watershed

Come one come all. From 9:00 to 12:00 this Saturday. Picnic at Boondocks at Stella at 12:00 after clean up.

Where: Any road in the White Oak Watershed and/or any body of water, the river itself, tributaries, the ICW. Get the litter out where ever it is!

Canoes, kayaks and motor boats, all are welcome.

Bags (PLEASE USE YOUR OWN TOO) etc can be obtained at Wildlife Ramp on 24 at Cedar Point or at Boondocks at Stella, NC. Next to the post office. Or at 9:00 AM, at The White Oak Family Camp Ground on Route 17 at Maysville. This location is for the clean up of the White Oak River Roads in both Onslow County and Jones County. You folks who live on these roads, please help them. Members of the Izaak Walton League will be there to lead this cleanup. The Izaak Walton League is also managing the picnic and Scott Grafton and Capt Ed, his DAD, are cooking the pig and providing their beautiful site for the picnic on our lovely White Oak at Stella.

Canoes and kayaks can put-in there or at Long Point in Croatan Forest. Motor boats too at Haywood Landing.

Elmer Eddy, The White Oak River Trashman will be at Boondocks from 8:30 on to assist all.

All Stewards are invited if you are not cleaning up in your own area. We have a whole pig for everybody afterwards at 12:00 at Boondocks courtesy of The Rotary Club of Swansboro.

This is by the public and for the public for a litter free White Oak area, both roads and water. You can leave the bags on the shoulder of the roads. Call us and we will have them picked up.

Sponsors and participating groups are: The Young Marines of Swansboro, The Rotary Club of Maysville, (They have already cleaned up the entire Gibson Bridge Road on Wednesday), (Residents on Emmett Lane Bridge Road are cleaning it.) The Izaak Walton League, Keep Onslow Beautiful and Stewards of The White Oak River Basin.

This is the day for all residents who live on the feeder roads to the subdivisions and in the subdivisions to clean up these roads along The White Oak. If you want to sign up with NCDOT to keep your road clean year round, four times a year, we will help you do that.

Our common goal: If no one litters there will be no litter. Let’s clean it up and then keep it that way.
Then no clean ups would be necessary and we could help in restoring oysters all over our waters. This would be something productive instead of perpetually picking up up other’s careless discards. We would much rather be doing that than picking up trash forever and ever.

If you haven’t contacted your Represenative about House Bill 1125, this will have “Iwill not litter” on every license. Please do so at once. This will get litterers where it hurts. Your Representative needs to know you want this bill to pass and become law. It will die in Committee if you do not do this, we will have to live with litter as it is today forever. Elmer
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman,
Stewards of the White Oak River Basin
Please visit: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/ 910-389-4588——————————————————————————————————————————–


2005-05-10, Southwest Creek

2005-05-10, Paddling Southwest Creek
We left a shuttle vehicle at Rte 17 south of Jacksonville at the bridge over Southwest Creek. We put-in at the bridge on Route 53 west of Jacksonville. Put-in time was about 9:30 and take out about 3:30.
We picked up a bag of trash right there at the put-in. This is par for the course.
The water was high and we had a good strong flow. Almost immediately we came upon strainers consisting of blown down trees with floating logs and other debris piled up against them.
We also found three beaver dams which we opened up by removing sticks at the lowest point to create a flow through them through which we could pass. These dams were between one a two feet high.
We also encountered heavy, dense growth of a noxious weed which will soon completely block the river in this first section down to Haws Run Bridge.
Heavy trash appeared after the Haws Run Bridge. People are throwing their trash off this bridge. We must find a way to stop this practice.
The weeds disappeared after this bridge but the strainers and blown down trees were numerous and continued most of the way to route 17. So much so that we do not recommend paddling this section until they are removed. We cut with a chain saw and worked our way through these strainers but they will be quickly blocked again.
Onslow County has removed these blockages for mosquito control in the past. We hope they will do so again soon as this is a lovely river very close to Jacksonville and should and could be kept open with very little expense.
Four deer were seen. Two were about 20 feet in front of us as they crossed the river. A mother duck played being wounded to lead us away from her brood who scattered all over the river ahead of us.
We hope this beautiful river can soon become a permanent Canoe Trail for all to enjoy.
We left it clean of all man made litter. The picture is of a typical strainer, debris and litter and blown down trees.
Today’s participants were Tom Fineco from New Bern, Al Morris from Smyrna, Dale Weston from Jacksonville and Elmer Eddy from Swansboro.


SNAKES, 2005-05-03 at our CCCK&C club meeting

SNAKES, 2005-05-03 at our CCCK&C; club meeting

Yes, we had snakes there! Don Collins brought them for us to “enjoy” as he presented a great story about North Carolina Poisonous Snakes.

Here are my notes. I enjoyed and appreciated his talk very much. Thought you who missed the meeting and all others might like to know about these creatures who produce so much conversation and awe on our trips.

Copperhead–everywhere, mulch piles, not very venomous, bite and hang on, very common, not very big

Coral snake–almost extinct, very venomous, member of Cobra family

Eastern diamond back rattler – they are in our area, very venomous, can die from it, swelling, pain progresses as venom progresses, so do not use tourniquet, wrap with dressing, apply surface pressure in advances of pain to prevent progress in veins, tourniquet stop arteries flow too, do not want to do this, do not exert yourself, be a quiet as possible, do not go to doctor, go to hospital, one standard venom shot for all poisonous snakes now, very expensive, very short shelf life, doctors can’t keep it, don’t suck bite, get extractor (in sporting goods at Wal Mart per our members),cut off surface veins circulation, pack in ice if possible.

Eastern Cottonmouth or Timber Rattlesnake- ditto above-not usually up trees

Non poisonous Carolina water snake. Frequently confused with above. The action of each is different. Very common and frequently seen-in bushes over water, swims with only head above water, ( we frequently see this ahead of us ) The bad boys have body out of water too. The water snake gets out of your way fast. The cotton mouth stays where he is and opens his mouth wide, it is white inside, they wiggle their tail too.

I say, leave them alone and they will leave you alone.