Yes we paddled down the yellow line from the bridge to the dirt road to get here!
Those are “road closed” signs in the background.
The reason the picture is here is because of my inept computer abilities.
River Road is a public road. This is now our access to the Trent river here. It is a dirt unimproved road between fields as you approach the river.
It is a natural access with a gently sloping grade into the Trent River. (Formerly we have been accessing the Trent here one road west, Woodrow Battle Lane, at a private ramp which is gated off.)
This is Franky Howard, Jones County Manager, who joined us today. As you can see he is right at home in Elmer’s single 12 1/2 foot Mohawk Canoe.
I tried to get the whole group in this picture and failed. From top to bottom,
Jim Morris from Morehead City in his home made canoe, Harry Patterson from Jacksonville in the long yellow kayak, Tom Fineco from River Bend, Franky Howard, and Steve Willy from Vanceboro.
Elmer were in Elmer’s Trash Barge. Picture taken from shore.
As usual we counted all boats so we know we don’t leave anyone behind.
When we got Kenny Mett’s Trent River Camp Ground we had eight boats!
This one was found full of water and leaves and with an open drain hole.
We bailed and pumped the water and leaves out and towed it in. It is
at The Trent River Camp Ground on Rouote 41 for the owner to pick up.
When we got out we saw the Trent river flowing the other way! After lunch
we launched over there so we missed what was at the point of this river bend!
Wrong! This is our take out. Notice the gentle slope of the land and the easy disembarking!
This is on Jones County owned land off of State Road. #1131 which is just around the corner off of Chinquapin Chapel Road Bridge, our normal takeout spot. It was a very difficult take out with steep banks. Thank you Franky Howard for making this
So, now we have a a very good natural access here on the Trent River on public land open to the pubic with safe off road parking. The entrance will not be closed by a cable in the future.
Thank you Jones County!
We had a pile of trash! It was all loaded on to a Jones County pick up truck.
Both pubic and private access points are needed every six to eight miles. This is the limit we can paddle in a day with stopping to pick up trash along the way.
We look forward to working with Jones County officials and Jones County
citizens to develop and designate these access points. We will keep them clean when we use them and we hope all others will do the same.
The Trent River is a wonderful natural asset of Jones County. A usable Canoe Trail kept open and free from blown down trees will draw visiting tourists to Jones County.
The horrible trash condition along Chinquapin Road where the river runs along the road is a definite turn off. This continues around the corner and up #1125 too.
We hope this conditon will be corrected through Adopt-a-Highway and Big Sweep and others and kept clean in the future.
Blown down trees gave problems of varying degrees on this paddle. These need to be removed for good paddling. When the water level drops down some of them may close passage. The water level was at 8.7 the time of our paddle. It is down to 8.4 today. The gauge is right here at Chinquapin Chapel Road. It can be accessed by clicking on http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nc/nwis/uv?02092500
We will have the GPS points for the worst of these blown down trees and we understand Jones County will see what they can do about clearing them out for good paddling and many other reasons. Thanks,
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
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