2008-07-30 Courthouse Bay on the New River, Camp Lejeune, NC

2008-07-30 Courthouse Bay. An angry mother osprey. There are two huge nests close to the marina
where we launched our boats.
Two smiling young ladies who joined us today.
Mama took off.
Amber trashing in the marsh grasses where high tide and winds leave the litter discarded by WHO?
Kaira up the creek off a little bay off Court House Bay. Yes, she is in her kayak!

Scott Brown a recent arrival from California. He came here to dive off our coast.
Kira from Swansboro moving on for more trash.
You tell us what it is. There was a big tank on it. They launched it and the sides of the tank opened up!
The girls didn’t miss a piece of litter.
This huge light bulb is the find of the day. Amber found it. Maybe she will get the prize for the most
unusual find.
I have it at home with me added to our collection.
Here is a very difficult fellow to catch with the camera. Ed has been trying for a long time. He is a
green heron.
Elmer and Jim trashing up in the marshes.
You could have used one of these and been with us.
The happy crew for the day. It was a lovely day on the water and we all had fun.
Amber with her prize find.
Look what someone left behind.

Jim and I made a special trip back after we unloaded to get this baby. We think it was a fender on a
dock that came loose.

Kira and Amber cruising along playing leap frog past where others of us have picked up the litter..
Scott has found something interesting. He also came up with an ammo case.
Amber cruising by a beautiful shore line.
Kira after that can you see on the beach.
Live oaks along the shores are amazing, gorgeous and grotesque.
The entrance to a smaller cove off Court House Bay.
The group at play.
Look what Ed Gruca cam up with.
Jim and Elmer relieved Ed of his tow after they had unloaded their other trash at the Marina.
Ready for action.

Is he resting or waiting to dive on a fish?

The group, L/R, Amber, Kaira, Ed Gruca for whom we have to thank for these lovely pictures, Elmer
Eddy, Scott Brown from Morehead City, and Jim Niedermeyer, our River Watcher for Queens Creek.

Come join us on our weekly paddles.We have a lot of fun and keep our waterways clean too. We will
probably paddle down to Trapps Bay next week. These young ladies are now Stewards of the White
Oak River Basin. Amber used Sparky, one of our kayaks, and loved it. We have no dues.

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


2008-07-21 Ellis Cove to Courthouse Bay, Camp Lejeune, NC

This is the marina in Court House Bay where we launched our canoes and kayaks. It is on the inside of Harveys Point protected from the large open waters of the New River. It has a ramp, rest rooms, good parking and there is a gazebo and picnic tables at the point in a beautiful setting.

Here we are launching our boats. That is Jim Niedermeyer on the left and Elmer Eddy in the canoe.

Here we are getting ready to launch. This picture by Gayle Jackson.

Another picture by Gayle of Ed Gruca in his Alligator Nose kayak getting ready to go pick up trash.

This is Jackie Foster of Emerald Isle. Photo by Gayle Jackson from Mount Airy, Md.

Ed Gruca, our photographer, caught this fellow watching us.
Jim and Elmer are off hauling our trash barge.
This Jackie Foster from Emerald Isle. She has been telling us for years she was going to join us. She had a great time and we loved having her.
Above are Gayle Jackson on the left down here from Mount Airy, Maryland on vacation. She learned about us on the Internet. On the right is Jim Crownover, Admiral of the Duncannon Navy in Pennsylvania. He is a Charter Member of Stewards of The White Oak River Basin and spends all his vacation time down here with us that he can.

Below are pictures taken along our paddles today. It is a beautiful area.

It was as lovely day too to be on the water.
Private sandy beaches, over hanging live oak trees. Everything was magnificent except the
trash. We got rid of that today!
Heading home with our load for today.

Elmer cooling off.

Floyd probably killed this tree. That is Ed Gruca’s kayak. He took the picture and many of the rest along with Jim Crownover. We also have pictures by Gayle Jackson and Jackie Foster to get on here.

Jim Niedermeyer picking up litter at this grotesquely shaped live oak tree providing shade on a sandy shoreline

The other side of the same tree!

Another picture by Gayle of a shoreline that impressed her with its beauty.

Our newest Stewards, Gayle Jackson, from Mt Airy, Md on the left (on vacation) and Jackie Foster on the right from Emerald Isle at our lunch stop.

Another visitor at our lunch stop. A pretty fellow. He spent most of our lunch period on my knee.
We have rounded Jarretts Point and are heading for Harveys Point
Gayle Jackson at the tip of Jarretts Point. More dead trees by Floyd.
We have just rounded Jarretts Point.
Elmer and Jim loading up.
Jim Crownover and Jackie Foster almost home as they enter Court House Bay.

Gayle Jackson catching up. (Ed: Please put Gayle back in here. Elmer)

The group back at the marina with our haul of trash for the day. L/R in back, Gayle Jackson, Jackie Foster, Ed Gruca and Jim Crownover. In front, Elmer Eddy and Jim Niedermeyer.
The Marines were maneuvering. Several of them in amphibious vehicles. It was spectacular!

Folks, please don’t litter. Not even one little piece. There are over three hundred million of us. It ads up fast! We could have enjoyed

10 miles of this lovely river instead of this short little stretch if we didn’t have to stop to pick up trash carelessly and illegally. discarded. Thanks, 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:
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”


2008-07-16 Ellis Bay off the New River, Camp Lejeune, NC.

2008-07-16 Ellis Bay, Camp Lejeune. This view is looking south down Ellis Creek toward Ellis Bay.
This picture was taken from where we launched our canoes and kayaks from the end of a dirt road
off of Route 172 in Section AB

Please read this sign carefully. This is not a polluted area. In fact it is just the opposite. It is used
to grow up and purify clams harvested from polluted waters.

Study this act of nature and let your imagination take over.
This is Jack Cleaves of Cedar Point getting ready to leave our launching sight.
That is the Sneads Ferry high rise bridge on Route 172 in the distance.

Jim Neidermeyer went ahead and got these two bags of trash while the shuttle was being set up.

Elmer Eddy from Swansboro with a large block of Styrofoam used to float docks

Jack Cleaves and Jim Niedermeyer draping a very large heavy wet blanket which would have sunken our canoe.

Getting the trash out at a very scenic spot.

L/R, Scott Brown of Morehead City who just returned from California, Jim Niedermeyer of Hubert, Elmer Eddy of Swansboro who just returned from a dip, and Jack

Now you have seen the under side of a live horseshoe crab.
Jack made the catch.

These washed out stumps are photogenic.

We are getting pretty well fully loaded.

So loaded that we had to head for our take out. Time was running out and we couldn’t carry anymore anyway.

We are rounding Jarrett Point and are headed into Courthouse Bay.

We will be home soon.

One big wave and that trash barge would have been sunk!

Entering Courthouse Bay.
A view from the side.

The first buildings of Courthouse Bay.

Here we are unloading at the marina. There was a dumpster here which was empty. It was half full when we left.

That is Admiral Jim Crownover of the Duncannon, Pa. Navy in the yellow sit on top. We thank you, Jim, for all these wonderful pictures.

This is the heaviest trash we have encountered in a long while. We left the shoreline clean until we could not hold anymore.
We were only 40% of the way through our planned trip. If we have a good weather and wind day for these waters next week
we will return to where we had to leave off and finish the job.

We could us
e more boats and bodies, folks! We did have a great day on the water. Please join us if you can. 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:
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”

2008-07-09 New River, Camp Lejeune, NC

Here we are at the Rte 172 high rise bridge over the New River, in Camp Lejeune. Al Morris is already in the water with his kayak and his home made paddle of western red cedar. It is beautiful and light and very efficient. It seems like he glides forever with one paddle stroke. Jim Neidermeyer is waiting for me to come back from parking my truck. He is holding my dry bag for my keys and wallet and is read to go.

The view is down stream toward the New River Inlet. That is Sneads Ferry on the right and Jarretts Point on the left.

In spite of the dire weather predictions, which apparently scared other paddlers away, we had excellent paddling conditions weather wise. As there were only three of us and we all were in one vehicle we had no shuttle vehicle and so put-in here and took out here.

The trash was heavy along the shore of Ellis Cove. So much so that we were loaded before we got to the point where Ellis Creek begins. The tide was low and all the trash grounded us in the shallow water. We had to unload our canoe right there, two small points before Ellis Creek.

We then paddled out into deeper water and entered Ellis Creek. We saw two osprey nests occupied and some great blue herons and several little green herons. It was a beautiful creek with several smaller creeks along the way. It was a wilderness like setting.

We came upon a sign stating Polluted Waters. We could not believe this. When we got closer and read the smaller letters. It said it was a growing area for shell fish

harvested from polluted waters and placed in these waters to grow and become edible for human consumption.

This is our lunch stop on Ellis Creek. That is Al Morris from Smyrna on the right and Jim Niedermeyer from Hubert on the left. Driving home we found the entrance to a dirt road just beyond the big curve on Rte 172 which enabled us to drive right to this spot. We will use this as our put in when we continue our trip down the New River to Courthouse Bay.

This is Elmer Eddy of Swansboro getting ready to depart from our lunch spot. That is Jarretts Point in the distance across Ellis Cove.
Here we are back to where we unloaded our trash as we were grounded. As you can see the tide has come in and we loaded up and we were off. Necessity is the Mother of Invention! Who says kayaks cannot carry trash? Al Morris tied three bags on and transported them back to our take out at the bridge.
Our Old Towne 17 feet 4 inches was loaded. The s/w wind had come up just as we were headed home. We had to paddle against it but made it ok. We past two commercial clam diggers who we harvesting clams with their feet and hands. They were dropping them regularly into their floating container.
This is your proof that kayakers can carry trash!
We had a great day. We do wish we had more of you with us. We will pick a good paddling day next week and plan a trip as the wind directs.

Please join us if you can. The more the merrier!

Camp Lejeune had removed one pile of trash we left up on the paved road last week. They missed the other larger load we left down the dirt road to the right which goes under the bridge. There are now 21 bags of trash here with about a dozen crushed, abandoned crab pots and other miscellaneous large items. We are asking them to get this too.

Please everybody, stop littering and discarding your trash over board. All this would be unnecessary and our waters would be clear and clean all the time!

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!”


2008-07-02 New River on Camp Lejeune, NC

Weil Pt on Frenchs Creek to Rt 172 Sneads Ferry Bridge

Come with us by these pictures and enjoy this great river as we did today.

This is a wide open section of the New River. It makes for very difficult paddling in strong winds. We were very fortunate today. We started out with calm waters and had light winds on a off with sunshine all day. We also had the pleasure of two young couples, twin brothers, and their wives on vacation from Minneapolis. They are the sons of Maria Russell of Jacksonville. They are identified in the following photo taken at the amphibious ramp at Weil Point on Frenchs Creek.

L/R, Ed Gruca from Emerald Isle, Liz and Richard Russell from Minneapolis, Dale Weston from Jacksonville, Elmer Eddy from Swansboro, Jack Cleaves from Cedar Point, Jim Niedermeyer from Hubert and Tina and Robert Russell from Minneapolis.

This is our launching area at the mouth of Frenchs Creek where it joins the New River in the background.
A great blue heron perched on a dead limb at Weil Point.
A Green heron. He had just swallowed a flapping fish he dove and caught as we paddled up.
Jim Niedermeyer picking up trash from a picturesque spot along the shore.
Entering the mouth of Duck Creek.
We wonder if this is an alligator nest on Duck Creek.

A white egret Ed sneaked up on.
We did not go to the end of Duck Creek. It has numerous blockages and we didn’t have the time to cut our way through. We wish Camp Lejeune would open up all their creeks in the upper reaches like the rest of Onslow County is doing. Ed got over this log and shot the group turning around. We did not see the big alligator we heard splash on our last trip up Duck Creek just above here.
Remnant of a large cypress. Must be over a 1,000 years old. Did the shoreline really extend out this far then? Imagine what a glorious sight it must have been then.

A giant squid! We gave him a wide birth!
We are getting loaded down with trash and abandoned crab pots.
Notice the shoreline is natural here. No concrete rip-rap.
Our visiting girls from Minneapolis found some crab pots too. Look at that high solid wall behind them.
Robert, from Minneapolis, cleared our beautiful New River of his share of ghost crab pots too!
The girls were happy and joking and laughing all the way.
Kudzu Is much prettier than the concrete rip-rap.
Liz and Tina hugging the shore where the trash is. The even found some we had passed up. We need more girls like this!
We have left the shore line and are out in the middle. We had to do this as we were loaded as you can see. Also our time was running out. Dale Weston had to make a meeting of the New River Foundation. They are interviewing candidates to replace Brian Wheat who has had to resign reluctantly due to health reasons.
We have been paddling from point to point. This is a rugged one we went around.

Elmer and Jim going by a stretch of natural shoreline.

The water became so shallow that Robert and Richard decided to get out and walk the sandy bottom. We surmise the receding shoreline has caused the shallow waters.
Our approach to the Rte 172 bridge. Note the osprey nest in the dead tree on the left.

Ed and Robert on their way in to our take-out.

The end our day’s journey. That is a helicopter under the first span. We saw flounder being caught here and clammers getting clams.

This is one pile of trash. We left another up around the point.
What would we have done without our vacationing friends from Minneapolis.

Other fine pictures by Ed Gruca. A blue heron taking flight.

An egret taking off.

This osprey was watching us carefully.

She is very unhappy!

Pelicans out in the middle of the New River. Ed went out to take this photo and went absent for over an hour. Somehow we managed to cross paths on a wide open river. Looking back on it, Ed went along the shore as planned. We went point to point. It is big water. Eddi go out to get this picture.
Ed was waiting for us near the shore where he was attracted by this yellow oyster bed buoy and when we did not show up he headed for the take-out paddling backwards for a half mile. We met around one of the points down river when he caught up to us.
This photo was published in the Carteret County News Times
New River egret
A paddle of 8.5 miles. http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=2030300

We probably will paddle next week from where we took out today to Court House Bay or beyond if we can find an access. Maybe in front of the barracks where the old pier was. If anyone knows, please let us know.

Join us if you can and enjoy the great and beautiful and historical New River 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!”