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This trip covered about 6.2 miles on George’s GPS and took 4 hours including a lunch break and several portages. We had approximately 18 trees to go through, under, or over to include the two portages. There was evidence of beavers in the area with dams at small channels leading into the main creek along with some beaver gnaws. After approximately 3 miles we reached the Hwy 24 Bridge. After this bridge the water seemed to be backed up which we suspected was a beaver dam. After about one mile from the bridge we came upon a big beaver lodge and around the next curve we could hear the water running over the beaver dam. It sounded like a giant class III rapid in the distance, but when we got to it, we were able to get over one side. At lower water it would have been more difficult.
We reached the take out at Fleet Cooper Rd before 2pm. This is a nice section to paddle despite the trees and is very remote. It is a combination of swamp and hardwoods with some bluffs rising 15 ft. Wildlife seen today was many varieties of birds; cardinals, hawks, kingfishers, buzzards, and we saw deer, including one dead 7 point buck on the bank.
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