2008-10-21, Upper Broad Creek,

2008-10-22 Upper Broad Creek

Craven and Pamlico Counties, NC
Here are the pictures and stories of the Twin Rivers Paddle Club excursion on this most enjoyable stream on this beautiful day. Five members of Stewards of our Waterways joined.them but unfortunately we were 1/2 hour late in arriving. Joanne Somerday and Jim Stevens graciously awaited our arrival. Thanks, Joanne, and Jim. They guided us to meet the others.who were already turned around and coming back.

The main purpose of this trip was to survey the two thousand foot frontage of the Whtehurst Property which was recently donated to Craven County. Two members of the Parks and Recreation Department were along. At this writing we do not know what their thoughts are but to us we believe this would make a very nice addition to the park to have a canoe and kayak access here. Upper Broad Creek is the border of Craven and Pamlico Counties. It continues for many more miles almost up to the Beaufort County line.It also has a tributary named named Morgan Swamp. No water access was made when the new bridge over Upper Broad Creek was constructed. The next closest possible access is on Morgan Creek at the Stapleford Creek Road. Another possible access is at the Olympia Road Bridge on Upper Broad Creek. (These road names were taken from North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer, Fifth Addition 2001. Names may have changed due to 911 renaming.)

We were hoping we could paddle upstream to Route 55 or further to find another access. As you can see by the following pictures we could not even get to Route 55 as we were blocked by fallen trees. A Canoe Trail from either of these upstream points would become a very valuable addition not only to the new park but to all of Craven and Pamilco Counties citizens and visiting tourists.

If anyone wants to make an exploratory trip down from these upstream bridges we will be glad to join them. as we would love to have a Canoe Trail here on these beautiful streams.

That is Joanne back there in the forest beyond the cypress knees. 9O percent of the cypress look like their needles (leaves?) are dead. A few are still green. Are they dying? Isn’t this early for this dying or winter look.

Jim Stevens and Jim Morris taking off after lunch. The water is still very deep.

This log was resting on another log. Jim Stevens and Buster thought they could make it drop off the othe log but it

did not fall far. Just enough for us to hump over it.

We all got over it but then we had to come back down and get over it again as we soon hit another one fallen tree across the creek and our time had run out.
Heading home.


We got back to Lees Landing at 3:00 as planned. We met many others paddling up to meet us. They had paddled down to the Neuse. Here is John Klecker holding in one hand all the trash we had picked up all day. A hard hat, a very old Budweiser can, a plastic water bottle and that back thing. This is indeed a record for the least trash ever on any paddle!

This is the group. Many had already left. It was a wonderful and most enjoyable day on the water. We hope Upper Broad Creek becomes and full fledged Canoe Trail. We are sending the managers of Craven and Pamilco Counties copy of the report and hope they can get together and obtain a Grant to make this Canoe Trail a reality. Elmer
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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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2008-10-21 Upper Broad Creek, Craven& Pamlico Counties,NC

First, we are joining Jim Morris who is leading at trip to Brandt Island along the Morehead Channel and to Sugarloaf Island. This is their second attempt to get these badly trashed areas cleaned up for Big Sweep. Please join Jim and the others to get this done at 9:00 AM this Friday. We will be there. Elmer.

Here are the pictures and stories of the Twin Rivers Paddle Club excursion on this most enjoyable stream on this beautiful day. Five members of Stewards of our Waterways joined them but unfortunately we were 1/2 hour late in arriving. Joanne Somerday and Jim Stevens graciously awaited our arrival. Thanks, Joanne, and Jim. They guided us to meet the others.who were already turned around and coming back.

The main purpose of this trip was to survey the two thousand foot frontage of the Whitehurst Property which was recently donated to Craven County. Two members of the Parks and Recreation Department were along. At this writing we do not know what their thoughts are but to us we believe this would make a very nice addition to the park to have a canoe and kayak access here. Upper Broad Creek is the border of Craven and Pamlico Counties. It continues for many more miles almost up to the Beaufort County line.It also has a tributary named named Morgan Swamp. No water access was made when the new bridge over Upper Broad Creek was constructed. The next closest possible access is on Morgan Creek at the Stapleford Creek Road. Another possible access is at the Olympia Road Bridge on Upper Broad Creek. (These road names were taken from North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer, Fifth Addition 2001. Names may have changed due to 911 renaming.)

We were hoping we could paddle upstream to Route 55 or further to find another access. As you can see by the following pictures we could not even get to Route 55 as we were blocked by fallen trees. A Canoe Trail from either of these upstream points would become a very valuable addition not only to the new park but to all of Craven and Pamilco Counties citizens and visiting tourists.

If anyone wants to make an exploratory trip down from these upstream bridges we will be glad to join them. as we would love to have a Canoe Trail here on these beautiful streams.

That is Joanne back there in the forest beyond the cypress knees. 9O percent of the cypress look like their needles (leaves?) are dead. A few are still green. Are they dying? Isn’t this early for this dying or winter look.


Jim Stevens and Jim Morris taking off after lunch. The water is still very deep.

This log was resting on another log. Jim Stevens and Buster thought they could make it drop off the othe log but it did not fall far. Just enogh for us to hump over it.


We all got over it but then we had to come back down and get over it again as we soon hit another one fallen tree across the creek and our tme had run out.


Heading home.


We got back to Lees Landing at 3:00 as planned. We met many otheres paddling up to meet us. They had paddled down to the Neuse. Here is John Klecker holding in one hand all the trash we had picked up all day. A hard hat, a very old Budweiser can, a plastic water bottle and that back thing. This is indeed a record for the least trash ever on any padlle!


This is the group. Many had already left. It was a wonderful and most enjoyable day on the water. We hope Upper Broad Creek becomes and full fledged Canoe Trail. We are sending the managers of Craven and Pamilco Counties copy of the report and hope they can get togeether and obtain a Grant to make this Canoe Trail a reality. Elmer


Come paddle with us anytime. E-mail us and ask to be put in our address book and you will receive notices of all trips. We wait until we know the weather is good before we plan a trip. Elmer

If no one litters there will be no litter! Littering is illegal!
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2008-10-21, Upper Broad Creek, Craven County

This Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 we will be joining the Twin Rivers
Paddle Club on Upper Broad Creek. We will bring our reciprocating
electric saw with two full batteries in
case we encounter any small tree blockages. Swansboro United Methodist
Church bought us this chain saw in appreciation of what we do. Bring a
chain saw if you can in case of larger ones and avoid a portage around
them. Clippers and snippers are great too for brush in your face.

This is a lovely stream and should make a great Canoe Trail. It goes for
a long way above Rte 55. . We never got up to Route 55 in 2004 when
Missy Tenhet lead our trip.Streams like this one get deeper up stream. I
will leave my house at 9:00. Please be here before then if you want to
ride with me. Let me know. First come first serve. Elmer

This is from the Twin Rivers Paddle Club:

For those members who attended the TRPC meeting last Tuesday night, Jan Parker (Director of the Craven County Recreation and Parks Department) presented an overview of the property recently obtained by Craven County. This land, known as the Whitehurst property and fronts on about 2000 feet of Upper Broad Creek is intended for future use as a nature preserve (with hiking trails and perhaps even a canoe/kayak access to Upper Broad Creek). Jan informed us that the county is presently in the process of applying for grant funding in excess of a half million dollars to improve this property.
What all this leads up to is an invitation to any paddlers interested in joining me and exploring the waters of Upper Broad Creek and the new park’s boundary. Please plan to meet on Tuesday morning,October 21stabout 10:00 a.m. at Lee’s Landing . We plan to launch no later than 10:30 for the short paddle upstream to the property. Following a brief exploration of the shore line of the property, we’ll venture up steam a little further before our return to Lee’s Landing (about noon). If anyone wishes to extend their paddle, plan to take a lunch break at the landing and then continue the paddle out toward the Neuse River before their return. We should be off the water before 3.
Following please find the corner mark GPS coordinated for those that wish to load their handhelds prior to the paddle:
N 35 06.87 W 076 56.51 for downstream corner
and
N 35 07.16 W 076 56.62 for the upstream corner
See you Tuesday Morning….. Cal Hansen
DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

FromBridgeton, travel east on NC 55 toward Oriental, turn right on SR 1131(Chair Road) in Reelsboro (Small gas station on corner). Follow Chair Road 1.2 miles to stop sign, turn right on SR 1103 (Lee Landing Road), proceed 1.7 miles to ramp.


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ELMER EDDY

ELMER@WHITEOAKSTEWARDS.ORG

STEWARDS OF THE WHITE OAK RIVER BASIN

WWW.WHITEOAKSTEWARDS.ORG

910-389-4588

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2008-10-08, New River Inlet to 210 bridge, North Topsail, NC

 2008-10-08  New River Inlet to the Rt 210 Bridge over the ICW
 We loaded Dale's canoe on top of my truck at the 210 bridge.The Participants today were Dale Weston
and Marie Russell from Jacksonville, Scott Brown from Morehead City, Jim Niedermeyer form Hubert and Elmer Eddy from
Swansboro.


Must be a thousand shore birds on the sand bars inside the New River Inlet.
It is that time of year where billions of finger mullet and menhaden ride the incoming and outgoing tide.
The birds have a feast! As well as the game fish.
 

We are disturbing them.

They are taking off as we approach.

Some flew and some stayed.
These let us get closer and then they took off!

It is quite a sight to see!

Two fishing boats moored along the Intra Coastal Water Way at Peru.


This is the time of year to fish the surf. Spots, pompano, bluefush, Spanish mackerel, red drum are here to feast on the bounty of bait fish!
The weather is in the mid 70’s. It is an air conditioned fishing paradise!
One needs to be careful in the inlet tides. Be wary of the currents.
Ed Gruca lost a co-worker and another co-worker’s son who were swept away in this inlet 40 years ago.

What is the future of these homes?

Here we are at the Inlet ready to unload and get paddling.

We paddled up the up the New River picking up trash along the shore. Marsh grass separates Stump Sound from the New River.
High banks of shells of all kinds have built up along this shore. The trash was heavy and we came to a huge barrel. We
were loaded. We had to unload here at this barrel.

We also ate lunch here and then realized that if we were to get back to the ramp we would have to stp picking up trash
and paddle. The wind and tide were with us and we made it easily. It was a delightful paddle as we took in all the sights
going down the waterway

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!”

2008-10-15, ICW at 210 bridge and Mill Creek, Onslow County, NC

2008-10-15, ICW at 210 north bridge & Mill Creek. Onslow County, NC

Here we are getting started at the Wildlife Ramp under the high rise bridge over the Intra Coastal Waterway
on Route 210 south of Monks Corner. These are two new members, Dan Solie from Alaska on the left and
Eric Nordeen from Hubert.

Pictures are by Elmer and Dan and prepared for the web by Ed Gruca.

This is Elmer returning with part of the trash picked up on this trip. This shoreline
of the ICW was heavily loaded with bottles and cans discarded by fishermen walking
in from the ramp to fish. We must find a way to stop this illegal practice here.

Eric Nordeen was loaded too.

This trash discarded at Gibson Bridge north of Maysvile on the White Oak River.
This deliberate dumping here.

Another shot of the same. This is the same place a bear cub was found in a freezer.
Probably dumped here be the very same person.

Back to today’s trip. We have left all our trash on the shore of the ICW to pick up on the
way back. We are now crossing Alligator Bay heading to the mouth of Mill Creek.
That is a discarded tire embedded the ground. We were unable to get it out and had to leave it.
A great many abandoned crab pots were observed along this stretch. So many we had to leave
them too. We are reporting them to Fisheries.

A fish net across the bay and the club house of the golf course visible as we
paddle toward the mouth of Mill Creek.

It was a glorious weather day. We stopped here for lunch by these old live oak trees.

We are now in the upper reaches of Mill Creek above Folkestone Road.
Further up the creek it gets narrower and the marsh grass is replaced by dense
woods.

The trash was almost nonexistent up here.

Back to the ramp under the bridge. This is Elmer’s and Jim’s canoe.

Another shot of the same.

L/R Dan Solie from Alaska, Jim Niedermeyer from Hubert. Scott Brown from
Morehead City and Eric Nordeen from Hubert.

That long pipe, about 30 feet, is made up of a PVC pip in the center with foam
around it and the black corrugated pipe over it. We had to tow that baby behind us.

It was a beautiful day and we accomplished a lot. It is discouraging to know that
these fisherman will be right back and continue leaving all their trash behind them.

We received many compliments from other boaters and folks at the ramp on what
we were doing. What we need is to have this littering stopped. We left a small amount
of this trash from our trip to here from the inlet last week. We had asked Wildlife to pick
it up. It was still here. This week we asked the Sheriff about getting it picked up. He said he
understood the State would do it. We asked him to please make sure they do.

We are reporting this clean up to Lisa Grant, Coordinator for Big Sweep in Onslow County.

We are also asking Wildlife to install signs at the north end of the ramp where the trails lead
down to the ICW. “If you are going to fish here please take out all your trash or risk fines for
illegal littering”.

I was a great day on the water. That short stretch on the ICW was difficult. Let’s hope we
do not have to face anything like that again.

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!”

2008-10-07 Brandt Island, Morehead, NC

2008-10-07 Brandt Island Morehead City, NC

A clean up for Big Sweep and International Coastal Clean Up

We put in around 9AM and headed for Brandt Island into a 15-20mph East wind.
This is Bill Murray checking out some litter that aroused our curiosity.
This was on the South side of Sugarloaf Island.
It had two parachutes and two little sandbags about the size of walnuts for ballast.
Some kind of gadget for fishing or a kite!
Morehead City port in the distance
On the North shore of Brandt Island
Ed Gruca with a bag of trash. It was possible to stand in one place and fill a bag.
The wind made it almost impossible to haul the trash.
Litter Gator has another bag for the pile.
Al Morris with part the trash.
Jim Morris with some more.
Bill Murray on the beach in front of the pampas grass
Pampas grass along the shore of Brandt Island. It makes a nice erosion control.
We made one pile of trash. Jim Morris said he would come and get it with his power boat.
L-R Bill Murray, Al Morris, Ken Jobe, Jim Morris, and Ed Gruca.
Boat from Le Paz.
The US Corps of Engineers boat.
We rode the tide back down the Morehead City waterfront.
A wide photo of the waterfront. Scroll across to see the whole picture.
The party boat fleet
Here is Water World!! She used to be anchored at the Emerald Isle bridge. No grass to mow here!
A large party bottom fishing boat.
King Neptune
Carolina Sounder………a memorial to fishermen.
A derelict at the West end of Sugarloaf Island.
Redneck Yacht! My kind of fishing boat!
We put up the sign at the 11th street access and cleaned up the trash at the site.
There is plenty of trash remaining on Brandt Island. We did the West end and most of the North side.
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!”

2008-09-10, Sharks Tooth Island, Cedar Point, NC

2008-09-30 Sharks Tooth Island

This is the large island at the junction of The Intra Coastal Waterway and White Oak River.
It is largely made up of sand dredged from both to make navigable channels. It is among the highest point of land along our coast line. It is on the east side of the White kOak Rive where it leaves the waterway to go out Bogue Inlet into the Atlantic Ocean. It is on the southside of the waterway across from Cedar Point. It is a favorite spot for picnicking.

Maria Russell all set to go. This was Maria’s first trip with us. She is a real eager beaver about getting that trash out. She is from Jacksonville, NC

Jim, Annie, Sally and Dave getting ready. Annie, Sally and Dave Yocum are from Boalsburg, Pa. They are visiting Jim Morris from Morehead City and here they are picking up our trash for us!

The first ones in the water at Tommy Drive, our Canoe & Kayak launching access

area in Cedar Point, soon to be part f the expanded Wildlife Access here on Rte. 24.

Getting under way heading for Sharks Tooth Island. Nine boats and twelve peoole.

Elmer in his single canoe.

The island across from the Wildlife ramp in the background. The Boy Scouts , Troop 742, cleaned it up a few weeks ago. That is Bill Murray from Pine Knoll Shores foreground.
A biggie coming down the water way.
Getting bigger and closer.
Fortunately he did slow down!

Jim Morris getting out some trash.

A dead fish hung up to dry at a campground on an island on the way to Sharks Tooth

Island. We cleaned up this shore line of this island too.

Left behind at this campground. They are still there.
Some more of the same.
A view of the Point on Emerald Island as seen from the top of Sharks Tooth Island. Probably the highest piece
of land along the coast.

A view of Huggins Island across the White Oak River from the same spot.

A view looking toward Swansboro along the ICW from the same spot.
A view of Cedar Point from the top of Sharks Tooth. The White Oak River comes in

here from Bogue Inlet and tuns left with the Inland Waterway toward

Swansboro.Looking down on some of our kayakers from the top of the island

Another view of Cedar Point shoreline opposite Sharks Tooth Island.

The Emerald Isle bridge in the background.

This is the top of Sharks Tooth Island. Almost a desert.

The group picking up litter on the Inland Waterway shore line of Sharks Tooth Island.

Lunch stop at the Eastern end of the island.

This is our new sign Thanks to The American Canoe Association and LLBean
Elmer with
the new sign at Tommy Drive launching area. We will be using this sign
to identify the existance of Canoe Trails and, hopefully, it will help to curatail
littering.
We scared off an egret. We saw lots of birds, fish and several pods of dolphins which every body
enjoyed with exclamations of surprise and joyful laughter as we got very close to some.
Dale Weston and Maria Russell paddling thrugh the marsh grass to get that blue plastic mat.
A Close up of the trash collected. 16 bags, a tire, a crab pot, a NO FISHING SIGN, 5 gallon

pails, a chair, a duck decoy, a tennis ball, a beach ball, a tire, corrugated pipe, tub, and

more. All this will be reported to Big Sweep. We hope the public will join Big Sweep right

now and pick up all trash and litter where ever they are on our waterways and roads. Best of all,

we hope they will just plain stop litteriing so we can paddle without stopping to do this. We

cannot paddle past it and leave it. It spoils the beauty of our shorelines that we are out to enjoy.

It is just plain ugly.

Todays group. L/R front, Ed Gruca of Emerald Isle, Sally, Annie and Dave

Yocum, Dave behind Sally, all from Boalsburg, Pa., Maria Russell of

Jacksonville. Rear is Karen and Don Sykes of Clayton, Jackie Foster of

Emerald Isle, Jim Morris of Morehead City and Dale Weston of

Jacksonville. Bill Murray of Pine Knolls Shores had to leave for work.

It was a great day for paddling.All had fun and really enjoyed it.and

the scenery. The visiting tourists from Pa. never had so much fun picking

up trash.

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!”