Subject: 2006-03-13, Broad Creek to Spooners Creek trip report
We put-in at Broad Creek at Osprey Oaks Marina at 10:00 AM. Marie Justen had arranged permission for us to take-out at Spooners Creek. She elected not to paddle with us. The participants were Dale Weston from Jacksonville, Julia Miner from Arapahoe, Jim Morris from Morehead City and Elmer Eddy from Swansboro.
It was sunny and predicted to be 82 degrees. A steady moderate breeze was blowing from the s/w. We crossed over Broad Creek to the eastern shore and headed along the shoreline to Bogue Sound. As we turned down the Sound the wind
was almost directly behind us and made for fast paddling.
The water along here was very shallow and clear showing a nice sandy bottom. We went under and around the numerous piers depending on their height. There was hardly a bit of shoreline without houses.
We passed up exploring Gales Creek and paddled up to Jumping Run Creek and turned in there. It is a very small creek lined with nice houses with boats tied up in front. A huge stainless steel culvert took us under a road and there were no more house after that.
We were stopped from further upstream progress by a small Red Cedar tree which had fallen across the stream. We were very close to Rte 24. We feel sure this creek can be cleared to Route 24 and perhaps we can have good public access there. If anyone has any information on this please let us know. We will be checking this out as we badly need free Public Access along Bogue Sound.
We ate lunch up in the woods out of the wind. It was very pleasant. When we came back out to Bogue Sound it was very evident the wind had picked up and came more out the the s/s/w. This made paddling more difficult but still moved us very fast down the Sound.
It was also pushing us toward the shore and the tide was dropping and the water became more shallow. This created breaking waves and we had to make sure they were not breaking over our boats. Sloughs appeared with sand bars alternating. By paddling hard you could stay outside all breaking waves.
If you found yourself in a slough it was nice as long as it lasted and then you had to get out and walk. Jim and Julia got around the jetty protecting the harbor at Brandyine Bay. Dale and Elmer did not and climbed over the jetty into the calm waters of the harbor.
Jim came back and decided to walk to Spooners Creek. Dale and I went after Julia and found her comng back too. As we were getting ready to take off after Jim he drove up in his pick up with Don Layno, President of Branywine Bay Harbor following him. Don had seen us out on the water and came down to the ramp to assist us. Needless to say we thanked him profusely for this kind deed.
We enjoyed seeing Brandyine Bay and also all the lovely waterffont homes along Bogue Sound.
We have no trip planned as yet for next week.Where do you want to paddle? This Saturday Joanne Somerday is leading a CCCKC paddle on Contentnea Creek. She would love to have you join her. It is a lovely trip we have done several times before. If you want to join her: Joanne Somerday email@example.com 252-523-0012 Mobile: 252-560-0474 Elmer.
Fishing boats in harbor off Bogue Sound
A beach cottage along the way. One of many.
A Red Cedar blown down across Jumping Run Creek thus blocking our further progress upstream. We were very close to Route 24 and hope we can find a public access up there. We sorely need public access points to Bogue Sound.
Jim Morris of Morehead City on the left, Julia Miner of Arapahoe, NC in the middle and Dale Weston of Jacksonville, NC on the right coming through a stainless steel culvert on Jumping Run Creek. We ate lunch up in the woods on hill shown above Dale’s shoulder. It was very pleasant and out of the wind.
The Brandywine Harbor, bulk head and jetty and the waves of Bogue Sound.
Dale Weston sitting in his canoe. We lifted our canoes over the bulkhead into the calm waters of the harbor.