2007-08-30 Sugarloaf Island, A Morehead City, NC. Park in the harbor of Morehead City.


This is a report of our paddle today.

There is a commercial ferry on the Morehead City waterfront which will take you over to it. You will land at a floating dock at the end of a long pier out to deep water. This pier will take you to trails on the island one of which will cross the island over to Bogue Sound and sandy beaches and a beautiful view across Bogue Sound to Brandt Island, the spoils island, and Fort Macon State Park and Atlantic Beach and the high rise bridge over to Atlantic Beach.

We put our canoes and kayaks in at the foot of 11th Street. Morehead City is doing a fine job of making parking places available for this natural
access to Bogue Sound.

This huge tire is outside the marsh grasses toward the western end of this lovely island. Stewards of The White Oak River Basin were picking up all litter and trash. When we went over to the island it was not visible due to high tide. When we came back this is what we found.

It is a hazard to navigation at high tide . It should be removed unless Morehead City wants to make it a permanent marker to trash in our waterways, in which case they should erect high posts with reflective paint all around it so boaters can avoid it.

Tourism could plead, “Please don’t trash our waters like this. Please stop littering. Don’t discard anything in our waters. Not your beer cans, not your drink containers, not your lunch plastic containers. (You can have beer cans on your boats without being prosecuted. It is not like driving a car! Please secure them. Don’t throw them over board.”

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A view thru the tire looking toward Morehead City.
Trashing, Allison and Jeannie Kraus at high tide.
Allison again. The trash is not out on the open water. It back is in the marsh grasses where Allison is.

Jeanie Kraus with a bag of litter on her kayak.

Part of one bag full of the floating trash found in 50 feet of marsh.

Rubber Ducky is smiling now. His marsh home is cleaned of trash.

Here comes Jim Niedermeyer with another load for the Western end of Sugarloaf.

First pile on Western end

Sittin’ on the dock of the bay watchn’ the world go by!

Some views of Morehead City harbor and waterfront from Sugarloaf Island.

Our boats at the Sugarloaf dock where we had lunch
Lunch stop in the shade on the trail which crosses the island to Bogue Sound’s sandy beaches It truly is beautiful.
Facilities on Sugarloaf Island. All the comforts of home!

Cacti too!

More Cacti. Did someone live here sometime?
A view of Brandt Island from the sandy beach on the south side of Sugarloaf Island

A hang glider. Allison said this was her neighbor.

Jim Niedermeyer and our second collection on the dock at Sugarloaf Is
land
This abandoned boat was completely submerged when we put in our boats in the morning. It is at the 11th put in and should be removed before someone is injured.
Our put in and take out was at 11th street. This sunken and abandoned boat was completely covered when we left at 10:00AM. It needs to be REMOVED from this recreation site!!!!

We visited this island back in 2004 before it was a Morehead City Park. We made several trips to clear the island of all trash. We could not do it. The Marines of Cherry Point joined us and we got it done. It was all piled up on the island. Morehead City obtained a barge to load it all on and get it to the mainland. Unfortunately the barge had to leave before the job was done.

Consequently some of these huge piles were left on the island. They are dispersed now to some extent but the point is that every bit of man made litter should be removed from this wonderful island. If this is not done the next hurricane will do it for us and probably cause extensive damage to property along the Morehead City waterfront.

Captain Ed of Portside Marina voluntarily picked up everything we were able to transport to the shore or dock where he could get it. There are volumes of “C & D” material left on this island. This is heavy timbers and poles. It has nails and screws in it. It is heavy. We cannot handle it. We hope Morehead City will see to it that it is removed from this island and City Park.

There were only five volunteers on this trip. All we could do is from the western tip on the harbor side to the new dock.
The trash was that heavy.

They were Jeannie Kraus of Beaufort and her friend Allison, Ed Gruca of Emerald Isle, Jim Niedermeyer of Hubert and Elmer Eddy of Swansboro.

Not a speck of man made litter should remain on this beautiful island which is now a Morehead City Park

Elmer Eddy
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
101 River Reach Drive West,
Swansboro, NC. 28584
910-389-4588 e-mail: elmer@whiteoakstewards.org
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”

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2007-09-02, Trent River (one day this week)

The following is a “Letter to the Editor” which was sent to The Jones Post and The New Bern Sun Journal.

“The lovely Trent River is Jones County’s river and is a very valuable natural asset. Unfortunately the public has not been able to use large portions of the upper reaches because fallen trees obstruct free passage.

All this will change soon as Jones County now has Grant money to clear the river and make it navigable and usable.

Everyone who loves the Trent River can help in this endeavor. Jones County has to guarantee a portion of these Grant funds. Volunteers can help by removing what trees they can. They should report what they have done and where it is. They should keep tract of the time spent doing this. This will enable Jones County to count this as “in kind” service by these volunteers and thus take credit for it as part of the portion of the Grant they are obligated to pay.

With enough volunteers doing this Jones County could get by with not having to come up with any cash payment at all.

This river should be cleared from Route 258 in Lenoir County on down.

We have canoed it from Pleasant Hill to New Bern.

We will canoe it from Comfort to Chinquapin Bridge one good weather day the week of Sept 2. We will have a chain saw, hand saws, clippers, a come-along, a peevee and an electric reciprocating saw. We will take out what trees we can that are blocking the river. Any huge trees we encounter we will leave for the professionals.

We will count all fallen trees and list their position by GPS. We will take before and after pictures and e-mail all to Jones County. We also will pick up all litter and trash we encounter as we always do.

All are welcome to join us. Or you can do the same at your favorite place along the river.

We will wait for a good weather report day to do this. We will list it on our web site as soon as we decide.

All land owners, fishermen, hunters and anyone can help to make our beautiful Trent River navigable and usable and clean and save Jones County cold cash.

Then a Trent River Paddle Trail can be announced and tourists invited to paddle it and bring money into Jones County. This will make the Trent River a very valuable income producing river for Jones County.

We have paddled it and we know it is one of Eastern Carolina’s most beautiful and enjoyable rivers. Elmer

ELMER EDDY, 10l River Reach Drive West, Swansboro, NC 28584

ELMER@WHITEOAKSTEWARDS.ORG

STEWARDS OF THE WHITE OAK RIVER BASIN

WWW.WHITEOAKSTEWARDS.ORG

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2007-08-25 Sharkstooth Island


SHARKS TOOTH ISLAND IS NOW TRASH FREE

This Island forms the southern shore line of The White Oak River where
it joins with the Inland Waterway in Swansboro. It collects trash from
the flow of the White Oak River from upstream and from incoming tides
from Bogue Inlet. It is popular for camping and picnicking on the sandy
beaches.
This clean up is thanks to Boy Scout Troop 743 of Queens Creek United
Methodist Church and accompanying adults and two members of Stewards of
The White Oak River Basin being Dale Weston from Jacksonville and Elmer
Eddy from Swansboro.

The scouts were Drew Jones, Calvin Warden, Justin Ellenberger Tyler
Roberts, Blake Campbell, David Berger,
Timmy Owens, Daniel Krieger, Bryn Campbell, and Joseph Lilley.

Their accompanying adults were Jason Campbell, Chuck Roberts, Andrew
Jones, Evan Hayes and Stan Krieger.

On Saturday, August 25, 2007 they met at the foot of Tommy Drive on
Route 24 in Cedar Point, NC which is two driveways east of the Wildlife
Ramp.

They made 28 trips back to the mainland with their canoes to get their
collected trash off the island. They floated and towed the huge
telephone pole. The huge sofa was heavy and also acted as a sail which
together with the wakes from passing motor boats made this crossing very
tricky. Campers left a barbecue grill filled with beer cans.

There were 25 bags of the usual cans, plastics and bottles. The heaviest
and bulkiest items were remains of hurricane damaged piers and docks.

These scouts and their leaders are to be commended for the fantastic job
they have done to clean up this lovely island. This island is now free
of all man made trash. Let’s hope and pray it stays that way.

This is the group at the foot of Tommy Drive which is two driveways east of the Wildlife Ramp on Route 24 in Cedar Point, NC.

This is the eastern point of this lovely island where the scouts camped Saturday night. It is directly across The White Oak River and the ICW from the Wildlife Ramp.

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Another view of the same. It is a popular spot for picnicking and swimming.

Some of the trash they gathered.

Dale Weston of Jacksonville in his canoe loaded with trash he is taking back to the mainland. The scouts are in a small hand maid motor boat. They towed a very heavy telephone pole across the ICW with it. T

They loaded this heavy large sofa on their canoe and paddled it over to the mainland across the White Oak River. It acted like a sail which pushed them with the wind. The steep standing waves from speeding motor boats added to the difficulty of maneuvering the canoe.

A large very heavy tire with rim was almost too much to handle.

Part of a dock, some foam and treated lumber and a bag of litter.

Another tire and trash.


Here they are Sunday morning with what must be a ton of trash. They are to be commended for leaving this entire popular island used by tourists clean for all to enjoy. We all thank you, Boy Scout Troop 743!
Elmer Eddy
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
101 River Reach Drive West,
Swansboro, NC. 28584
910-389-4588 e-mail: elmer@whiteoakstewards.org
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”

2007-08-22 Bogue Sound


We launched at the B. Everett Langston Bridge in Cedar Point and took out at the foot of Park Drive at Mile 15 on Route 58 in Emerald Isle.

Joanne Somerday form New Bern is already out on the Sound. Jack Cleaves from Cedar Point is helping steady Elmer Eddy’s canoe while Elmer is getting in. Jack is from Cedar Point and Elmer is from Swansboro. See how calm the water is today! This doesn’t happen very often.

We are all out on the Sound. There were seven of us. That is the bridge to Emerald Isle on the left. These pictures are courtesy of Connie Morris of Morehead City. She drove on to Jacksonville to go shopping and returned to meet us at the end of our paddle.
A close up of us all. That is the new Emerald Ilse water tank in Emerald Woods in the distance. Scott Brown of Morehead on the left, next is Elmer and then Jack Cleaves in his home made kayak and Joanne and Julia Miner of Arapahoe and then Jim Niedermeyer of Hubert and Connie’s husband, Jim in front.
Here we are arriving at our take-out at the foot of Park Drive. Elmer is first in as he hugged the shore line to get shelter from the south east wind that came up toward the end of our trip. Every stroke of his paddles made is loaded canoe glide an extra foot further.

A close up of Elmer with a ghost crab pot in front and a good floating sunning raft in the back covering his trash bags.

Jack Cleaves with a five gallon bucket he picked up.

Jim Morris with another ghost crab pot.

And Jim again back at the launching site by the bridge. It was a most enjoyable day on Bogue Sound. Thank you Connie
for the great pictures and for helping us with the shuttle.

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Jim Niedermeyer at the take-out.

Joanne at the take-out.

Scott Brown at the take-out.
Julia at the take-out.
It was a great paddle on a great day. Our thanks to Ed Gruca who has now returned from Richmond and set up these pictures for posting on our web site.

Elmer Eddy
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
101 River Reach Drive West,
Swansboro, NC. 28584
910-389-4588 e-mail: elmer@whiteoakstewards.org
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”

2008-15-07, this Wednesday, Around Bogue Sound continued

The following is the plan for this paddle trip. Following that is our report of the trip. Sorry, we have no pictures as I inadvertently went swimming with my camera in my pocket in Queens Creek. Our participants on this trip were Jim Niedermeyer of Hubert and Jack Cleaves of Cedar Point and Elmer Eddy of Swansboro.

“This Wednesday we will meet at the Carteret County Visitor’s Center on Route 58 at 9:00 AM. This is on the right (west lane) between Rte 24 and the Everett B. Langston Bridge.We will be members of the public looking for a place to access Bogue Sound to paddle over to Bogue Inlet and back.

We hope to be able to put-in under the bridge. This will be typical of most all access points we have anywhere. We park on the shoulder of the road near the bridges. NCDOT owes us an access here as they closed what we had on the other side of this same bridge in Emerald Isle. If this is not possible we will caravan to a private access in Cape Carteret instead.

We plan to be off the water by 3:00 PM. This will be our next to the last paddle around Bogue Sound picking up all litter as we go. Fortunately, litter has been very light on our recent paddles around Bogue Sound.

All are invited to join us. We hope some one will have a camera. Mine is not functional since I went swimming with it in Queens Creek. Elmer”

We arrived at the Visitor’ Center as planned at 9:00 AM. (They do not open until 10:00.) We drove down Rte 58 to the Everett B. Langston Bridge and turned right onto the grassy shoulders which provided excellent safe off road parking behind the guard rail.

NCDOT had mowed the grass and removed the fence and brush which had prevented access for launching our canoes and kayaks. This enabled us to carry our canoes and kayaks to the waters edge for easy launching. In fact, this access is now better than 90% of all launch sites we use at bridges across our state. Thank you , NCDOT.

As we paddled along the bridge we were surprised by swarms of little fish all making like they were flying fish. There were thousands of them jumping out of the water every where and shrimp too. As we came closer we saw that small blue fish were feeding on them. It was a sight to behold. Unfortunately we had no camera to record it.

We came to Myrtle Island which is on the southside of the ICW. Trash and litter were thick. We picked up three bags here. We had already picked up one bag at the launch site. We left the trash bags here to be picked up on the way back. Obviously people are throwing their trash off the bridge! This island needs to be revisited and have all trash removed. We hope some group can do this soon.

It was high tide so we were able to get through the narrow channel through the marsh adjacent to the bridge off the Emerald Isle side. On our left here there was, years ago, an excellent off road parking and access to a sandy beach and launch site. NCDOT has erected a fence and no parking signs here now.

We paddled by Emerald Woods and on toward Bogue Inlet. There are many beautiful homes along this shore line. Due to the time we spent on trash we were unable to get to Bogue Inlet. We ate our lunch on a small island with scrubby live oak trees providing shade.

We watched a hard working clam digger plying his trade. He was getting regular hard clams (quahogs) and mud clams. He said he got an penny more for the mud clams!

A S/W wind had come up and we headed home with it at our backs up Banks Channel and Burden Channel. We picked up our trash bags from Myrtle Island and got back to our launch site by 3:00 as planned. It was a wonderful and productive day on the water and most enjoyable.

Next Saturday we will be helping boy scouts from Queens Creek United Methodist Church pick up trash from Shark Tooths Island and we will also plan a trip during the week. More later. Elmer

2007-08-02 Queens Creek, Onslow County, NC


On Monday we paddled Queens Creek upstream of the bridge on Queens Creek Road. Today, Thursday, we launched our boats at the bridge again and paddled down stream on the eastern shore. We immediately encountered two ghost crab pots which we could not pick up. We will report them to the authorities and hope they can remove them. We also came upon a tire a little further on which we had to leave. We hope they can get that too. Otherwise trash was very light and scattered. We got about a half bag all day.

Queens Creek is very shallow. It has many oyster bars. Our trip was planned to have high tide and it worked out well.

We can find no name for the first side creek. We explored it to where it became very narrow and a blown down red cedar
prevented further progress upstream. The next side creek was very large and had beautiful homes but we can find no name for it.
A new subdivision, we presume, is the reason for all the grading activities we observed.

Below is the view as we paddled downstream.

We soon came upon the old 4H camp grounds. They were beautiful. We attended a wedding here years ago.
These beautiful grounds seem to be abandoned now and unused.

Another view of the same lovely waterfront property.

A shrimp boat waiting for the shrimp to get bigger. The waters are loaded with small shrimp. Five
jumped out of the water and into my canoe on this trip.

Another view of the shrimp boat with the sun on it and Jim Morris from Morehead City in his canoe on the left and
Julia Miner form Arapahoe in her kayak on the right.

We turned to the east at the mouth of Queens Creek where it meets the Inland Waterway and immediately came upon
Hammocks Beach State Park. The ferry boats were coming and going taking folks over to Bear Island.

As you can see we enjoyed their facilities and especially the shady picnic table for our lunch. That is Julia Miner from Arapahoe
on the left and Jim Morris, center and Jim Niedermeyer on the right.

This is the canoe and kayak launching facility at Hammocks Beach State Park.

Jim Morris on the right and another couple launching their kayaks.

They took this picture of Jim and Elmer for us. That is Julia on the left and Jim Niedermeyer in his kayak on the water right.

We crossed the wide mouth of Queens Creek and came upon this beautiful large new home at the entrance to Dicks Creek.

We explored both branches of Dicks Creek. The old clam digger ship was still there listing a little more. We had to paddle hard to get out of Dicks Creek. A strong southerly wind had come up and wanted to push us on shore. When we got back into Queens Creek the wind and tide were with us and we had a fast paddle back to Queens Creek bridge which we reached at 3:30.

Time forced us to pass up Parrets Bay and Creek and the entire western shore. We will have to return another time to enjoy them. We sailed right up the middle of Queens Creek to our take out at the bridge.

It was another very enjoyable day on the water. Hope this has helped you to enjoy it with us. Elmer

Elmer Eddy
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
101 River Reach Drive West,
Swansboro, NC. 28584
910-389-4588 e-mail: elmer@whiteoakstewards.org
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”

2007-08-04 Queens Creek at Rt 24, at Hubert, Onslow County, NC.


We put in on the grassy shoulder of Route 24 at Hubert. This is just east of the junction of Route 172 off the east bound lane. One can launch here and paddle all the way down to the Inland Waterway. This is an excellent Canoe Trail. Onslow County should recognize it as such and so designate it so the public will know about it and be able to use it.

We started out paddling upstream toward Old Rte 24 being State Road # 1744. One can launch here too but it is steep and difficult.

Approaching old Rt24. We paddled through these culverts too. We shortly came to the very end of paddling. We were very close to the dam which had apparently washed out sometime. The downstream creek was a tangled mass of debris.

Dale Weston heading down stream.


This is an outflow into Queens Creek immediately north of Rte 24 on the west side. We have no idea
where this discharge is coming from.
Going under new Rt24 inside the culvert. That is Elmer Eddy of Swansboro.

Jim Niedermeyer who lives on nearby Youpon Creek off Riggs Road and Dale Weston coming downstream.

Dale Weston attacking a serious obstruction blocking our way.

That end we cut off had an underwater limb attached! Elmer of the left and Jim Niedermeyer with the Pee Vee
and two Marines from Cherry Point, John Rudd and Randy Schwandt, who came downstream at the right time to help us tackle this
troublesome fallen pine tree blocking our way.

Elmer forgot he had is camera in his pocket!

Close to success.

Success at last.

Or was there still another limb under water?

Dale cooling off after all the hard work.

Th river soon widens out and is clear of obstructions all the way to the ICW.

John and Randy leave us here. Randy lives on this branch where a new subdivision has just been built.

Some wild flowers along the way.

More wild flowers.

Returning home.

Return to our put in on Rte 24.

It was a short trip to complete what we missed last Monday. We wanted to do Bell Swamp too which goes
under Rte 172. That troublesome fallen pine tree upset our plans. We wedged our chain saw and Jim Niedermeyer
went home and got his. Thanks to him and the Marines we got through that obstruction and the way is clear for
others to follow.

It is an excellent Canoe Trail. We need public access points. Queens Creek bridge and a ramp at an old mobile
home park off Rte 24 are possibilities for Onslow County and Wildlife to consider to make Queens Creek
accessible to the public forever.

We picked up 1/2 bag of trash today all at or near Rte 24.

Elmer Eddy
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
101 River Reach Drive West,
Swansboro, NC. 28584
910-389-4588 e-mail: elmer@whiteoakstewards.org
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”

2007-07-30 Queens Creek/Onslow County/North Carolina


We started with seven paddlers. L/R Adele Brewster, with the New River Foundation in Jacksonville, Jack Cleaves from Cedar Point, Ed Gruca from Emerald Isle, Joyce Bilodeau from Maine and also with the New River Foundation,Jim Crownover from Duncannon, Pa., Elmer Eddy from Swansboro and Dale Weston from Jacksonville also a New River Foundation member. The girls don’t know it but they now are Stewards of the White Oak River Basin too. They automatically become members by doing what they did today. Thanks girls.

That trash is what we picked up right here at this access before we even got to launch our boats. It is a shame that folks who use this access, which is privately owned, are not considerate enough and appreciative enough not to litter like this.

It would be wonderful if The NC Land Trust and others could acquire this access and turn it over the N. C Wildlife as a Canoe ad Kayak Access. Small l shallow water motor boats and trailers also use it as it is and fishermen and crabbers. Queens Creek is not a deep water creek and

consequently larger motor boats are not present. The tides in places make small rapids going in and falling out. It resembles Reversible Falls, like the St Johns River, in miniature form.

We erected this Izaak Walton “Don’t Litter” sign here. We have found these signs to be effective in other areas and we hope they help to curtail littering here. The Izaak Walton League has these signs for sale if any would like some.

Jack Cleaves trashing under a specimen live oak that dipped its branches to the water. It is a beautiful and intriguing spot.
We were drawn to this creek for which we cannot find a name.
A single lane bridge for cars and trucks to ………………???
Ed and Elmer wait for the others to catch up on this winding creek.
Here comes Jack. Can he make the turn?

Jim Crownover with his water proof camera that came in handy! The short heavy rain with huge droplets made the water surface look like a bubble bath. It cooled us off nicely too.

Elmer and Ed at the end of the line on Youpon Creek. It goes up to Riggs Road but is obstructed with blown down trees before getting there.
“Dead End”
Returning to Queens Creek.
And then the rains came! It didn’t last long. The girls did not come up the the side streams and when we got back to Queens Creek they were headed home. The Bilodeau’s live across the river.
In big drops!
These great rain photo taken by Jim with his “waterproof” camera.
We continued on our quest up Queens Creek in search of Rt24 and the wiley alligator
that Bert Bilodeau said hung out up there somewhere.
We almost made it to Rt24, but we quit in exchange for a shower and a warm meal.
So we will have to go back and paddle through the culverts under Rt24.
This is the total trash haul for the day. Adele and Joyce picked up the ghost crab pot in their kayaks.
We had a great day on Queens Creek. We go back Thursday to do the southern half and again on Saturday to get the extreme upper portion above and below Route 24
Photos on this page contributed by Bert Bilodeau, Jim Crownover, and Ed Gruca.
Elmer Eddy
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
101 River Reach Drive West,
Swansboro, NC. 28584
910-389-4588 e-mail: elmer@whiteoakstewards.org
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”