2007-07-21 Dawson Creek, Pamilico County, Eastern NC

2007-07-21 Dawson Creek/Pamlico County/Eastern NC

Dawson Creek is just West of Oriental, NC. It has several side creeks which we did not explore We paddled up the creek passing Tarkiln Creek and headed for Granny Gut to see if we could reach the road.

We were stopped by a Class 1 Blowdown. Oridinarily an easy task, but we did not have a saw and what lay beyond….. We did get close to the road and feel it can be reached as there was plenty of water.

We paddled 8.6 miles on a round trip back to the put in at the Wildlife Ramp.

The water level did not appear to change from 9:00AM to 3:00. We have heard that there is little tidal influence in this area of the Pamlico River. We had a NNE/NE wind all the overcast day which kept the temperature in the low 80’s and as we later would see, the fish were biting.

Dawson Creek is just West of Oriental, NC. It is bordered on both sides by private properties accessible by private roads. The Wildlife Ramp we used was the neatest and cleanest I have seen in this part of the state. No litter!

If you take the Minnesott/Cherry Branch ferry, follow 306 to Buckland Rd, turn right. There is a sign saying Oriental.Follow road like you are going to Oriental.

After Crossing Dawson Creek Bridge, you will go about a mile, will be a very sharp curve to the left. Watch for Wildlife sign on the left. About a quarter mile to ramp.

Jim Morris and Ed Gruca came from Carteret County via the ferry and we met Julia at the Wildlife Ramp. Her friend introduced herself as Marian as in Maid Marian. I introduced Jim as Robin Hood and myself as Little John.

This is Ed with his “new” teeth. This ought to scare all the gators away. On the other hand………These will wear off soon! And a new set will appear!

Marian came prepared to fish and caught several flounder. Jim and I are definitely bringing our rods next time. Marian left the paddle about 11:30.

There are some fish left!

This is the largest nest I have seen and wondered if it was an eagle nest. This shot is the best I could get. It is about 500 yards back in the marsh. I paddle a small creek about two hundred yards in the direction of the web until the creek became about 3 feet wide and not looking forward to a long back paddle with lunch time looming, I aborted the quest. The creek remained deep.

We found a good lunch spot. I forgot about the chiggers this time of year and am currently being reminded of the chiggers this time of year.

There are chiggers this time of year!

These are views from our lunch spot!

Looking SE

Ed Gruca for the White Oak Stewards

Grumpy aka mrpaint

neverforget911@earthlink.net

2007-07-21 Dawson Creek/Pamlico County/Eastern NC

Dawson Creek is just West of Oriental, NC. It has several side creeks which we did not explore We paddled up the creek passing Tarkiln Creek and headed for Granny Gut to see if we could reach the road.

We were stopped by a Class 1 Blowdown. Oridinarily an easy task, but we did not have a saw and what lay beyond….. We did get close to the road and feel it can be reached as there was plenty of water.

We paddled 8.6 miles on a round trip back to the put in at the Wildlife Ramp.

The water level did not appear to change from 9:00AM to 3:00. We have heard that there is little tidal influence in this area of the Pamlico River. We had a NNE/NE wind all the overcast day which kept the temperature in the low 80’s and as we later would see, the fish were biting.

Dawson Creek is just West of Oriental, NC. It is bordered on both sides by private properties accessible by private roads. The Wildlife Ramp we used was the neatest and cleanest I have seen in this part of the state. No litter!

If you take the Minnesott/Cherry Branch ferry, follow 306 to Buckland Rd, turn right. There is a sign saying Oriental.Follow road like you are going to Oriental.

After Crossing Dawson Creek Bridge, you will go about a mile, will be a very sharp curve to the left. Watch for Wildlife sign on the left. About a quarter mile to ramp.

Jim Morris and Ed Gruca came from Carteret County via the ferry and we met Julia at the Wildlife Ramp. Her friend introduced herself as Marian as in Maid Marian. I introduced Jim as Robin Hood and myself as Little John.

This is Ed with his “new” teeth. This ought to scare all the gators away. On the other hand………These will wear off soon! And a new set will appear!

Marian came prepared to fish and caught several flounder. Jim and I are definitely bringing our rods next time. Marian left the paddle about 11:30.

There are some fish left!

This is the largest nest I have seen and wondered if it was an eagle nest. This shot is the best I could get. It is about 500 yards back in the marsh. I paddle a small creek about two hundred yards in the direction of the web until the creek became about 3 feet wide and not looking forward to a long back paddle with lunch time looming, I aborted the quest. The creek remained deep.

We found a good lunch spot. I forgot about the chiggers this time of year and am currently being reminded of the chiggers this time of year.

There are chiggers this time of year!

These are views from our lunch spot!

Looking SE

Ed Gruca for the White Oak Stewards

Grumpy aka mrpaint

neverforget911@earthlink.net

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