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My paddling buddy, Wyatt Jackson, had a new Wilderness Systems Critter he was eager to try out and I was in my Mainstream Inspiration.
We put in at the bridge near Mansion View Estates and were on the water by 1030 hours. The float to Cox Creek Parkway was uneventful with only a couple of blow-downs to negotiate, but none, that completely blocked our progress.
Water level was high enough that all rocks and shoals were floated with no problems. It had rained heavily about two days earlier but the initial runoff had already passed, so the Creek was running a little high, fast and clear. The trip to Cox Creek Parkway only took a little over 1 hour with steady, but not especially energetic paddling in the slower sections.
From Cox Creek we continued downstream to the water purification plant with its 4-foot spillway. Water was running about 20 inches to 2 feet over the spillway and a considerable eddy was created at the spillway base. Here we decided to remain relatively dry (the wind was getting a little cool) so we opted for the portage trail around the spillway. The trail has been covered with gravel and is easy to use.
Continuing downstream we observed numerous ducks, herons, kingfishers, one redtail hawk and what we think was a female bald eagle.
The remains of the old gristmill dam about 1 mile before the takeout are scattered to the point that this is no longer much of a obstacle. There is one rough spot just past the new Waterloo Road Bridge where some new large rocks have been inserted as a result of the construction-stay left take the shoot between the two big rocks.
Take out at Wildwood Park is easy and due to the fishermen and mountain bikers using the park, it is a safe place to leave your vehicle.
This was an easy, enjoyable trip. The high water had cleared most of the creek of obstacles and there was little trash to speak of making for a pleasant time on the water. Total time actually floating approximately 2 hours 40 minutes.
The take out is at Wildwood Park off Waterloo Road which goes west from the UNA campus.
Touring Kayak Paddles
YakCatcher Rod Holder