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As I was unloading my boat another gentleman was unloading his (Wilderness Tsunami 145). He had planned on doing about the same thing and since he seemed to have some experience I decided to tag along with him.
The tide was still incoming as we left the launch, but already the water was quite high, allowing us to take shortcuts over the ess curves the channel makes. According to my Garmin unit, it is 9 miles from Walkerton to Aylett, and another 4 to where we turned around.
As I said, this was my first real trip, so I didn't have sense enough to turn around at the bridge. From here upstream the river narrows down to about 50 feet with overhanging trees on both sides. We saw a bald eagle perched in a tree, two river otters on the bank, and numerous ducks and kingfishers.
Our return did not quite coincide with the outgoing tide, so we had to paddle against it for about an hour. The wind had also picked up, and although it wasn't real problem, it certainly didn't help once the river widened.
I enjoyed the stretch from Aylett north the most. Next time I will put in at either the Aylett state boat ramp or the kayak launch in the Zoar State Forest.