|Email Page||Printer Friendly Version||Submit a Report|
There are 5 downed trees that will require getting out to get over. All are large trunks which will support you should you choose although you can get up on the banks and pull your boat around but none offer low banks, exits from a kayak will challenge novices.
I disagree that this stretch is better for kayaks, the opposite is in fact true. I have used both and find my canoe (solo 12') far easier due to the number of times I needed to get out onto downed trees or the bank. While there are many sawed tree limbs and trunks it is apparent that none are recent and there are many new obstacles that will challenge paddlers. On 3 occasions I had to lie flat on the bottom of my boat to get under trees another inch of water and there would have been 8 get outs.
This stretch is narrower than described. Average 10-15 feet with some stretches 5-7' wide. With the overgrowth from bushes and tree limbs that remain untrimmed there are many long stretches that call for a canoe paddle as kayak paddles will get snagged (I use a kayak paddle for my solo canoe). You will not be able to avoid the branches, there just isn't the room.
In two locations someone has strung steel cable across the river. The first is a short distance from the start and are 2 cables, the lower was about 2-3 feet overhead and would only be a problem in flood level. These cables have no flags but don't need them because of their height. The next (about a mile further down) is a single cable at about 2 feet above the river (yesterday) but regardless of level will always be a problem. There were 2 red flags tied to the cable, midstream, there is enough slack to lift the cable over my head. From the scar of the cable on the trees I would guess that these cables have been there quite some time.
Unlike any other 4 mile stretch of the Mullica the geography and vegetation are consistent. For breaks you have the bridge about 1/2 way down, one of only 2 places to have easy and wide gradual sloped banks to pull up on.
Overall this stretch requires good skills. Not for beginners or those who don't want to work their way down a river. Bring a saw and clippers, I forgot mine and paid a price. I look like I lost a fight with my grandmother's cat!
Kayak Deck Gear Bags
YakCatcher Rod Holder
Canoe / Kayak Anchors