Launch Cost: $5
Destination: Explore north side of Big Creek Lake aka Converse Reservoir. Both the scenery and vegetation of the lake and surrounding area are beautiful and different than that of the Mobile-Delta. It is well worth kayaking this lake at different times of the year.
Distance: 22.5 miles (round trip)
Paddle time: 7.5 hours
Weather: Hot humid morning. Rain and thunderstorms in afternoon.
GPS Track: To view or download the GPS track of this trip, Click Here.
|1) Sunrise on Converse Reservoir aka Big Creek Lake on an arm-pit drenching humid morning.|
|2) By 10:00 am, clouds were forming quickly and it would soon lead to thunder and rain. The red foliage was beautiful.|
|3) A caterpillar which can have a wide range of body markings called a Banded Sphinx Caterpillar (Eumorpha fasciatus) was munching on a plant. It eventually turns into a Sphinx Moth.|
|4) Mom holding onto a baby ball. Life is precious. Hold on to it.|
|5) Great egrets were plentiful along the dense shoreline grasses.|
|6) Big Creek Lake has alligators? Yup. Locals say there are big ones in these waters.|
|7) Limb hooks that fishermen set out and leave unattended for long periods of time leads to senseless and wasteful deaths of innocent animals and fish.|
|8) Raining while the sun is shining. Thank God I doubled back to the car this morning after launching to get the umbrella which came in handy most of the day.|
|9) The yellow color on the water is actually a mass of flowers. Big Creek Lake would not be very friendly to pedal kayaks because of stumps and dense stringy vegetation.|
|10) Days like this keep the boaters away and the temperatures more moderate. I stick the umbrella stem down my shirt and into my waistband which keeps it upright while freeing up the hands for paddling.|
|11) Aquatic fanworts were in bloom (Cabomba caroliniana).|
|12) Showy fragrant water lilies (Nymphaea odorata) were in bloom and most were flooded with little insects.|
|13) Big Creek Lake is full of a wide variety of aquatic plants, including invasives.|
|14) Frequently seen darting across the surface of the water near vegetation are little Water Striders. Those that don't dart are probably absorbed in an intimate moment. Life is good.|