Kayaking on Salmon Creek

We’re still unloading and unpacking from a month on the road. Back home here in New Hope, North Carolina (near Hertford) there was mail to be picked up, a house of open up, and a lawn to be cleaned up.

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All the archery equipment is still cased and packed. During the drive home on North 17 we passed over Salmon Creek that is about 30 miles from our place on the Little River. There was a small boat ramp leading to the creek so I marked the entrance to the water on my GPS. We’d head there with kayaks after we’d got home.

Salmon Creek is in the southeastern part of Bertie County. We’ve stopped in Bertie County often to buy peanuts. Today, we returned there to go kayaking.

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We, Brenda and I, put our boats in at the ramp I’d marked a few days ago. These two kayaks, Necky, are smaller boats. They’re easy to load and good in tight places, both being ten footers. They are light and I can easily put them into the bed of my Ford F-150. We’ve got other bigger boats, but these two are ideal for quick trips. We’ve also got two smaller ones, those we keep in Georgia.

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Salmon Creek is historically significant and was home to the Weapemeoc Indians in the 1500’s. Along this creek, following the influx of settlers to North Carolina, trading posts emerged and eventually the nearby town of Edenton grew up.

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The creek itself is slow, in areas swampy, and easy to paddle. It empties into the Albemarle Sound south of the Chowan River. We explored the creek to the west and turned back and headed toward the Sound. The temperature was in the mid-80’s and there was mild wind. Overall, not hard and should be a very nice paddle once all the leaves return to the trees.

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After weeks of archery competitions around the southeast it has been nice to have a few days off. Even when I am working at shooting I find time to enjoy other sports. Today, however, I’ll be back on the range. There will be time for more kayaking soon. But, Salmon Creek was very cool.

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