Here we are in this natural wonder of the state of North Carolina, this lake is nearly 3000 acres.
This is the center of the wilderness of Croatan National Forest.
It is is a very shallow lake and canoes and kayaks should avoid it on windy days.
Come with us today and enjoy this fantastic gift of Mother Nature.
Julia Miner of Araphoe is leading the charge onto the lake. We marked the entrance so we could find it on our way back. Doug Toltzman of Hubert used his GPS too and we had compasses. In bad weather do not come here.
Elmer Eddy of Swansboro and Jim Niedermeyer of Hubert getting ready to launch at the end of the six mile dirt road to the lake. We passed scores of deer Hunters with dogs. The largest deer hunt we ever saw. On our way out they told us they shot three deer. Season is all over in a few days.
This is Elmer’s photo of Julia looking across the expanse of the Great Lake. This was taken in the morning, while the water was still calm. (photo by Elmer)
This is our lunch stop. A sandy beach was around the next point! But we had a good time here in the woods. The woods here were actually open so you could walk through them.
Scenes you don’t see anywhere else.
Look at that tree on the right. The water level seems to be about a foot below normal.
A leaning cypress. See the sandy beach in the background.
The vastness is overwhelming. The bottom is hard as rock. Must be a hard clay. We hit it with our paddles as we went along all around he entire lake.
This is a mountain range!
The cypress on this lake are entirely different from what we see on our White Oak River.
They seem to grow on legs! And they seem to be stunted and turned into to grotesque shapes.
We must come back in the springtime and see what the look like then.
These cypress on the north east quadrant of the lake seem to be larger and straiter.
How vast and spacious!
These are way out in the lake far from shore.
More of the same.
They are all over the place on this side of the lake.
Elmer and Jim paddling along. Well, Jim is paddling anyway.
We came on two baby ducks like this. They couldn’t or wouldn’t fly. We saw a whole flock of large ducks. But very little other bird life except for song birds. Sorry, we lost the picture of the immature duck. Maybe we can get it back in later.
Rounding the last point toward the our take out we thought. We got there after three more points.
Julia unloading and our trash collection in the canoe. Yes we picked up two empty Deer Corn bags and a crate and a lounge chair and a few cans and bottles.
With the exception of Elmer’s photo of Julia on the calm water, all of the photos up to this point were take by Doug Toltzman.
It was a most unusual and interesting day on the water. It stayed calm all day.
We are sorry to have to close with a very sad commentary. Litter and trash have found it’s way into this pristine wilderness. There was very little around the lake shoreline being two empty bags of Deer Corn and a plastic crate and a few bottle and cans. A canvas and aluminum lounge
chair,( We bet he was asleep when the ducks came by!).
Most of the trash we picked up today was at the parking area and launching area and dock. We walked down a road to the north and it is lined with trash. This is despicable and needs to be removed. It has no place in this beautiful wilderness, our very own Croatan National Forest.
To add to this, the toilet facilities constructed here have been severely vandalized and is unusable. The door has been shot many times and the door handle has been broken off.
This is a National disgrace. We have got to learn to take care of our very own National Forest.
Here is the GPS plot of our journey. The lake portion of our trip was 9 miles, according to the geosychronous satellites.