of Jacksonville at 9:30. If you need a base pass please obtain it and be ready to caravan to Maple Landing on Southwest
We will of course pick up all trash as usual but the main purpose of this trip is to rid this area of Southwest Creek and
all waterways in the area of this most obnoxious Alligator Weed. which obstructs fishing and paddling every summer.
Mother nature has already destroyed 90% of it. We will now help her to finish the job. It is all explained our web site.
See 2008-11-26 Mill Run, Camp Lejeune, NC.
Ask your fishermen friends to join us. They can meet us on the river. Weather 57 degrees and sunny. Elmer
2008-11-26 Mill Run, Camp Lejeune, NC
We have never paddled it before because its mouth is hidden in the area
where Southwest Creek divides into several alternate streams through and
around several islands. It runs under North Verona Loop Road and appears
to be canoe able there.
This is Scott Brown of Morehead City ready to paddle shot gun in Elmer’s
This sign also asks all to,”Please don’t Litter”. 95% of the two bags of trash
we picked up today were picked up right here at the ramp. Fishermen please
take your trash out. Please do not leave it here.
of alligator weed we encountered. Last summer it was thick from shore to
shore in this delta of waterways here. One could not paddle or fish most of this
area. Attempts to spray it to kill it and also flea beetles have been introduced
to eat it. We don’t know how successful these attempts to control this invasive
weed have been. It has been thick on every paddle we have made on Southwest
Creek. It is still here as you can see. It is simply waiting for warm weather
to grow again and take over the entire river. We aim with the help of Mother
Nature to stop this cycle.
That orange bags hangs on a branch where this large glob of Alligator Weed
was. What a difference! This very invasive weed grows very fast into a tangled
mass of roots in the water. However the cold winter air kills it above the water
where it grows to be a foot or more thick above the water. This is what makes
paddling and fishing impossible.
Scott and I stuck our canoe into the middle of this glob. We used our paddles
to pull and push the entire mass out into the flow of the stream and out going
tide. The last we saw of it it was making fast progress downstream to the salty
water where the salty content is strong enough to kill it.
This is what nature must have done for us for the great masses of this horrible
weed that was here last summer and prevented us from paddling and fishermen
Goodbye Alligator Weed! We have asked permission from State and Camp
Lejeune authorities for us and fishermen who will join us to pull all alligator
weed we find along all shores of this waterway out into the natural flow of
the water so it will be taken down stream and be killed by the salt water.
There is goes off to its demise! This is the only large mass we saw. We are
sure there will be more further up stream. We saw several very small patches
which can be easily set adrift.
A closer view of our kill! We hope to come back over the next three months
of winter weather to rid this area of Southwest Creek of alligator weed. Our
experience today clearly demonstrates that this is a viable and excellent way
to destroy this very obnoxious weed naturally with Mother Nature’s help.
never did get all the way up to North Verona Loop Road. We must have taken
the wrong channel.
Here is a view of Southwest Creek looking north from the ramp.
We are now making plans to go back next Wednesday. We will
concentrate on getting all hung up alligator weed floating downstream to
destruction. A lot of fishermen with motor boats would help too. You can
fish too. The trout are still here as you saw.
Lawn rakes of all kinds, fish gaffs, garden hoes etc are all you need to set the
trapped alligator weed loose to float down stream to it death.
Please come and help us rid this area of Southwest Creek of alligator weed.
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
101 River Reach Drive West,
Swansboro, NC. 28584