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From the boat launch we went easterly along the Borrow Pit canal, this is the first leg of the Canoe Trail, the Green trail. All trails are well marked with color-coordinated signs. Not always the same style of sign, but at least the colors all match and the park service does a good job of maintaining the trails. We saw no trash. We passed under the bridge, passed the car camper camp, passed the Boy Scout area. Not far from there is a cove with rental cabins. This cove is the first entrance to the Blue trail. The second entrance is a little further down the Green trail. The Blue trail leads to a large pack or paddle campground and then to the Orange trail that is also known as Old Bird Island Chute. We however did not take the Blue trail. We continued down the Green tail, past Twin Ponds canoe campsite.
The water on the Green trail was calm, slow and muddy. The depth was 5 feet and deeper. We saw egrets, herons, a five-foot alligator who gave us no problems and some fish jumping. There were a few motorboats, all with friendly, courteous drivers.
We reached the end of the Green trail and turned South West to head down the Red trail, also known as Ceabon canal. Donít worry, these arenít sewerage canals. This trail is much narrower than the Green trail and did require steering around a few tree branches as well as one submerged log.
Half way down this trail was our campsite, Ceabon canoe campsite. It, like Twin Ponds, is accessible only by boat. We saw no motorboats on Ceabon and I doubt any go there. The park lists Ceabon as an isolated camp. It is, nicely so. There is a small wooden dock that requires you to lift your gear over your head to unload and then climb a short ladder. We decided against that and just paddled up to a spot a few yards ahead where the shore came down close to the water. If we had paddled a few yards past the dock we could have paddled in a small ditch to the backside of the camp.
Our camp had a wooden table with benches, a fire ring with grill top, lantern post, a mostly flat but kind of hard spot of ground cleared for a tent and the dock. There was some left over firewood in a pile and no shortage of dead wood to collect. We heard frogs, crickets and owls all through the night. No people though. The stars were amazing.
We awoke the next morning to find that a large snake had shed its skin on a tree branch next to our tent. After breakfast we continued South West along Ceabon to the Orange trail, Old Bird Island Chute. We turned North West at the South Pass canoe campsite. This trail leads first to the other end of the Blue trail, then to Highland Waters canoe campsite, then to some rental cabins, and then ends at the boat launch at the park entrance.
The water was still slow moving and muddy. Depth ranged from 2 feet to better than 6 feet deep. The bottoms of all trails are muddy and soft. On the left is Lake Fausse Point. It can be entered at numerous points along the Orange trail. There are many small mud-bar, tree laden islands on this side of the lake.
Duck hunting is allowed in the lake so be aware of that during hunting season. We saw a few ducks, fish and a very large black boar. The route we took is called the Outer Circuit, itís about 10 miles long.
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