Launch Cost: $3.
Route: North up Tensaw Lake a little over a mile, then northwest up Douglas Lake to the end. Back down to Tensaw Lake, up Watson Creek about a quarter of a mile and then back to the launch site.
Distance: 10.5 miles round trip.
Average Speed: 2.2 mph.
Time: Approx 5 hrs.
Pace: Very slow.
Weather: Mostly cloudy, temperature 65-70 degrees, winds out of the southwest 5-15 mph, minimal rising tide and minimal current.
|1) Trip track map.|
|2) I felt like exploring somewhere new today. Here is Upper Bryant Landing which had a sandy bank for easy launching. Douglas Lake is also listed as a day trip on the Bartram Canoe Trail.|
|3) I did not see much wildlife or birds on this trip, but the cypress trees were plentiful and amazing.|
|4) Half way up Douglas Creek is a convenient rest point for getting out to stretch the legs. For those not wanting to kayak a full 10 miles, turning around here would cut the trip length down to about 6 miles round trip – a nice 2-3 hour trip.|
|5) It seemed like there were huge cypress trees on every corner of the lake, each having its own unique characteristics. (You may have to scroll to see all of the photomerges.)|
|6) There were a few times when the wind died down allowing the waters to slick off as shown in this photomerge of the rather dreary winter landscape.|
|7) In the midst of the lackluster grays of the deciduous woods were occasional clusters of beautiful color – leaves killed by recent freezes.|
|8) The sun came out for very brief moments and although it is hard to see in this photo, maple trees were beginning to show their red – a sign that this year’s kayak season is about to begin!|
|9) Around the corner of the Upper Bryant Launch site are some bluffs which add to the landscape diversity.|
"What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for Beauty, and never see the Dawn!"
-Logan Pearsall Smith