2006-08-29, Rhodes Point to MCAS on the New River
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We put in at the Wildlife ramp on Turkey Creek at the end of State Road 1530, Turkey Point Road.
On this paddle we sighted 31 ghost crab pots and gave their GPS coordinates to Lynn T. Henry, Marine Biologist, NC Division of Marine Fisheries,
We had a very interesting and enjoyable paddle on Turkey Creek, the ICW and Kings Creek. We went through Stump Sound and Spicer Bay. Dale Weston’s pictures tell the story. The Summerhouse Development is huge.
(See 9317EF04-959E-44A7-8EC0-D7CEE6FB99DE) It runs along Kings Creek on the east side all the way to Holly Ridge Road. The white tent was enormous and it appeared to be used as a sales convention. A helicopter was overhead constantly apparently taking prospective buyers on a sight seeing tour of the site.
We were able to paddle up to the first bridge which is Holly Ridge Road. One could drop a canoe or kayak in here.
The huge house, (the Kings Palace?) was startling as we round a bend and came upon it. A more modern one is under construction on the other side of Kings Creek behind that large and beautiful old live oak tree.
Several osprey nests and birds were sighted, one carrying a fish in his claws. We ate our lunch at a ramp on the west side of the river. That is Elmer Eddy and Jim Morris at their sign.
We passed a UNCW Research Station on the ICW at Stump Sound. On the way back two people were working there. We were welcomed ashore and and found Jim and Bonnie Swartzenberg,
This creek is also called Beasleys Creek. It forms the border line of Pender County and Onslow County. It is about 1 mile east of Morris Landing where we will put in and take out.
Turn south off Route 17 in Holly Ridge on Morris Landing Road which is State Road # 1538 and go to the end. We meet there at 9:30. Come join us if you can. We will be exploring new waters for us. We will pick up all trash and litter as we paddle.
What will we find Thursday as we explore The ICW to the County line and then up Batts Mill Creek or is it Beasleys Creek? Come join us and find out. Elmer
We meet at 9:00 AM this Thursday at Willis Landing on Bear Creek. It is about 1 mile to the ICW and about 4 miles down the ICW to Browns Inlet. We will play around at the inlet accdording to the tide conditions we find. We expect it to be at the low tide phase.
We can cool off anytime along the way with a quick dip at a sandy beach. We pick up all trash as we go including ghost crab pots if we have room for them.
All are welcome to join us.
“If no one litters, there will be no litter”.