Every paddle trip is different. This one turned out to be more so than
We launched at the foot of Bayshore Drive. There is no public access here
and we parked on private property.
Due to the strong southwest winds we did not explore Hunting Island
Creek. The winds would have been head on coming back. We wanted to
search for a possible public launch site as this creek goes up to
and under Route 24. It would make a an excellent place for a badly
needed public access for canoes and kayaks to get on Bogue Sound.
Very shallow sand bars near shore and even far out caused us to cross
the dredged ICW channel and paddle along the dredged spoil islands.
We ate lunch on one of them. This is where we noticed heavy treated
wood timbers and boards from destroyed docks and other hurricane debris.
We guess this stuff will stay there until the next hurricane picks it up
and moves it again.
In our opinion it is a hazard and should be removed from all these
islands. We cannot do it with our canoes and kayaks. Can some authority
please step in and remove this hazard before the next hurricane? They can
become battering rams destroying property in the next hurricane.
We went by Cannons Gate where Governor Easely purchased his waterfront
lot.We had wanted to check it out. Also Sanders Creek and Goose Creek.
Both have possible sites for a canoe and kayak access to Bogue sound.
The wind was so strong it moved us down the waterway without paddling
at 2 miles per our.
We arrived at our takeout at The Osprey Oaks Marina on Broad Creek about
2:00. We wanted to look for a possible public access on both prongs of
Broad Creek. Maybe that will be next weeks paddle from here to Gales Creek.
This access could be on Croatan Forest Land.
The public needs canoe and kayak access points all around Bogue Sound and we
don’t need expensive ramps. All we need is a place to park and drop our
boats in the water!
This is a grounded large sailboat in the harbor at the foot of Bayshore
Drive in Cape Carteret. This is where the ferry to Emerald Isle docked.
This boat is sunk all the way.
This is the beautiful Harbor Light Bed and Breakfast overlooking
Hunting Island and Bogue Sound.
Our lunch stop. L/R Ken Jobe from Beaufort, Cal Hansen from New Bern,
Julia Miner from Arapahoe, Elmer Eddy from Swansboro, and Dale Weston
from Jacksonville. Thanks to Tom Hill of Jacksonville for the picture.
Another view of this very inviting sandy beach for our lunch stop.
Picture by Tom Hill. Wouldn’t our tourists with children and canoes
and kayaks love to be able to get here with a short paddle from
the mainland. If we, who know these waters, cannot find public
accesses how can they?
These islands are breeding grounds for our water foul. Picture by
Not bright enough! Try these! Ed is playing his “Bear” tricks!
Ed went too far! Mother nature knows best, Ed!
Next week, Wednesday, May 2, 2007, to be confirmed later,
Broad Creek to Gales Creek. All are welcome to join us. We will be
picking up all litter and looking for possible public access points.