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Recommended times to paddle to take advantage of semidiurnal tides (two highs and two lows per day) are based on average speed of 2 miles per hour.
Cherry Point 4-Mile Trail - launch at 90 minutes before low tide, get out for a stretch and snack on the sand bars, then ride the incoming tide back to the launch.Dolphins travel in groups upriver to fish and are spotted 50% of the time on all three trails, listen for their blows as they surface to breathe to locate them. Once the dolphins corner a school of bait fish, they will surface often to breathe while feeding.
(4.3-miles round trip)
Harriett’s Bluff 6-Mile Trail – launch at 90 minutes before high tide, get out at the public ramp at Harriett’s Bluff or the sandy shoreline of Grover Island, ride the outgoing tide back to the launch.
(6.3-miles round trip)
Grover Island 8-Mile Trail – launch 2-1/2 hours before high tide, get out and stretch at a couple spots on Grover Island, ride the outgoing tide back to Crooked River. Continue against the tide along the north side of the river where the current is less then cross to the launch.
(8.4-miles round trip)
The private dock opposite 809 has an octagon shelter built on up pilings and is visible from a distance. More than 100 gulls, cormorants, and egrets perch on the raised boardwalk out across the marsh. Flocks of small birds fly in formation and all turn at once flashing from dark backs to light bellies for a dramatic visual effect.
The communications tower is an elevated marker beckoning you back to the Elliott’s Bluff public launch.
Look for the following along the trails:
Classic Freestanding Rack
Dock & Launch Systems