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Once we left the reservoir and got on the river there were a few boaters (with no wake) at the beginning of the river. After a few turns in the river we left all the boaters and fishermen behind. Both sides of the river are heavily forested and the only sounds are bird calls, the occasional splashing of diving birds and a low, far away drone of motors on boats. The paddling was easy and uneventful. Due to the high water, we couldn't find the usual places to pull over and swim in the river. On the positive side, due to the high water there was no dragging the kayaks over low spots in the river. I estimate the mileage on this trip to be about 6 miles round trip and it took about 4 hours. We were paddling against the current 1/2 the time.
I think anyone looking for a relaxing, easy quiet paddle, with a lot of bird life, would enjoy this stretch of the Yadkin.
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