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Due to the severe drought in the Southeast this year, the level of the water has been very low and current somewhat slow. Despite this, it was an enjoyable trip that took approximately 5 and 1/2 hours. Along the way there are a number of sand and gravel bars on which to stop, rest or picnic. The upper 2/3 of this particular stretch of river is extremely isolated and quiet. The river is relatively shallow, rarely getting more than 3 or 4 feet deep. In 5 or 6 places in was necessary to drag my 14' Sit-on-Top kayak over some shallow stretches of sand, gravel or logs. The width of the river alternates from 30 or 40 yards on some of the sunny sandbars and sweeping bends in the river to as little as 10 or 15 yards in some of the lazy straights. On these sections the river is shaded from both sides by leaning red maples, birches, oaks and magnolias.
The lower 1/3 of this stretch of the river changes dramatically after you approach and go under Interstate 10. The big, sweeping sandbars and clear shallow stretches are replaced by muddier banks and deeper, darker waters. More and more cypress trees are seen as you get closer and closer to the coast. It is still relatively quiet despite the appearance of the occasional house. Many of these are weekend fishing cabins that are all but deserted during the week or in cooler months. Many of these cabins have piers or boats docks as the river is deep enough (but still relatively narrow) to accomodate boat traffic. The power boaters are mindful of paddlers as there are many on this river, especially in the summer months.
There seemed to be a good number of fish in the waters as well as many species of wading birds along the banks. I saw several blue and white herons and a few other species I could not identify.
Touring Kayak Paddles