2008-02-04 Southwest Creek, Jacksonville, NC

Thanks to

Onslow County Commissioners for obtaining a Grant to clear this

lovely river of blown down trees blocking it to navigation of any kind. This group

below gathered in The Food Lion parking lot across from the Main Gate to MCAS

to paddle this river from Rte 53 to Rte 17 south.

We were honored to have Onslow County Representative, George Cleveland
paddling with us. L/R Represenative George Cleveland, Scott Brown from Morehead City,
Elmer Eddy from Swansboro, Dale Weston from Jacksonville, Jim Morris from Morehead City,
Lance Goodrum from New Bern, (his wife Ginny was with us too), George Speth from Jacksonville, Hugh Passingham from Jacksonville and our New River Keeper, Brian Wheat from Jacksonville.

Jim Dunn was taking our pictures and is responsible for all today. Thanks Jim. Jim is from Maplehill. He also supplied his truck and trailer to transport our boats on the shuttle.

All boats of people who did not have Department of Defense stickers on their
vehicles had to unload their boats onto Jim Dunn’s trailer. This is because our
normal take-out place at Rte 17 is now Posted with No Trespassing signs by the
the new owner. We had to go on under 17 to a take-out on MCAS property.

A public access is sorely needed at Rte 17. We hope NCDOT, and The City of Jacksonville
can work this out so the General Public and our Tourists can enjoy this river.

This is our put-in at Rte 53 bridge. This whole area is badly trashed but we had to leave
it as it can be picked up by land. If we had stayed to pick it up we would never have been able to get to Rte 17. There was a huge dump here. It is developing again and
needs to be stopped. We got off at 10:12.

This is a short distance below the Rte 53. The water is too low for good paddling.
It took time to maneuver through thick patches of alligator weed which will completely
block this section if not sprayed. The flea beetles are obviously not doing it.

Small beaver dams also blocked the river in places. We recommend waiting for some
good rains to paddle this section again.

Lance Goodrum below.
Brian Wheat below.

We met up with JR Batchelor’s Mosquitoe Control Group here.
George Speth had the misfortune of getting caught on a grape vine
that turned him over. They took him home for a change of clothes
and he caught up with us latter.

Picture missing.

Representative George Cleveland on the left leading the pack.

Elmer taking it easy. Ginny and Lance on the left.

MCAS Patrol Officer met us at the take out.

The Old Wooden Bridge at the take-out.

Reloading the boats to get back to Rte 17 for our vehicles. All this would not
be necessary if we had a designated Canoe & Kayak Access at Route 17 Bridge.

We got them all on there!

This is a view of the Haws Run Bridge which is the first bridge down from Rte 53.
We ate lunch here and unloaded our trash at the bridge. We had to. We had two
a tires and a 55 gallon drum and many bags of just plain trash.

The trash was so heavy it took a very long time to get here which is about 30% of
the way. Also the water level was too low to have good clear paddling on this section.

We had to stop picking up trash and paddled straight though this lower section. It was discouraging to see the very large volume of trash along the river. Some few people are
using these bridges as the personal trash disposal We must get this stopped.

Fishermen near the bridges are also leaving everything disposable behind. We have got to stop this practice.

Littering is illegal. The laws are on the books. We must enforce the laws at these bridges.

Assigning the culprits to 100 hours of Community Service picking up litter should do it.

At the take-out on Camp Lejeune.

It was a most enjoyable day on the river. We hope NCDOT, The City of Jacksonville
and Onslow County can and will work together so the general public and our visiting
tourists can also enjoy this river by providing access and designating Canoe Trails.

All our streams collectively are our biggest and most valuable natural assets. We need to make them available to our visiting tourists.
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:
Please visit our website:


“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”


2007-01-30 Trent River above Trenton

There were 11 of us. Larry Meadows divided us into two groups to get more of the river done. This is the group that put in at the Thomas Waller farm. That is Ronnie Dale on the left who escorted us to our access point. Next is Joanne Somerday from New Bern. Then Ken Court from Jacksonville and Jim Niedermeyer from Hubert and John Clecker from New Bern. We carried our boats through the woods to the river. The river bank was very steep and very high as you can see.

The beautiful high, steep river banks continued. That gray material is tobacco bed covering we think. We hope someone can remove it. It is an eyesore and destroys the beauty of the river bank. .

The dense canopy of trees will provide cooling shade in the summer months.

Picking up trash along the shore line.

Green moss grows where the shading is heavy. These fallen trees are no longer blocking the river.

These fallen trees are no longer blocking the river.

This is an exceptionally bad blockage that has been cut through.

Another one that has already become partially blocked again. This caused a little white water rapid here.

John Clecker with another cut through blockage behind him.

John up close.

Elmer and Jim.

A beaver dam on a small side creek.

A close up of the beaver dam.

A very disgusting collection of trash in this huge strainer. People throwing their trash off bridges are making a sewer out of our lovely Trent River.
We hope Jones County and/or NCDOT can erect signs on these few bridges to curtail this evil and illegal practice. A few convictions with 100 hours of community service picking up trash will curtail it.

It took us a long while to clean up this one.

Here we are still at it.

Getting our boats up this steep bank at our take out at Mike Shepherd’s farm was not easy. A C Adams came with Ronnie and helped us.

We had an excellent paddle. Thanks to Jones County for making it possible.

We hope someone in the other group will write up a report on their section. They paddled from where we took out down to the Wildlife Ramp in Trenton.

We joined them at the Wildlife Ramp and combined our trash with theirs. We again filled the pick up truck. Ronnie and A C took if off our hands and we thank you both for all you did for us today.

This Monday, February 4, we will paddle Southwest Creek in Jacksonville. Onslow County has had this creek cleared by a Grant and we are anxious to paddle it.

We meet at 9:00 in the Food Lion parking lot across from the main gate to MCAS on Rte 17 south. Please join us if you can.

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:
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”