Launch Cost: Free
Destination: Hals Lake. The entrance to Hals Lake is 3.5 miles south of the Olin boat ramp on the Tombigbee River. About the first 2 miles on Hals Lake, willows along the bank are dominate. Then bald cypress begin to appear and some are majestic. Hals Lake would not be good for a pedal boat due to all the downed tree limbs lurking beneath the surface.
Distance: 20 miles (round trip)
Paddle time: 6-1/2 hours
Weather: Warm morning to Hot afternoon. Almost no wind. Tide was low and beginning to come in. Current both on the Tombigbee and Hals Lake was about 1 mph.
GPS Track: To view or download the GPS track of this trip, Click Here.
|Header Image. Yes, there are alligators in Hals Lake.|
|1) Steamy sunrise on the Tombigbee River. It looks like heat vapors are rising from the sun and that is the way it felt today as temperatures rose to almost 100.|
|2) There are plenty of bald cypress knees in Hals Lake to keep your imagination working. Hmm, a unicorn with teeth?|
|3) It was cool to see good sized trees growing from the inside a sunken vessel.|
|4) One hazard of a non-maintained trout line is YOU can get hooked. As you can see, water levels are low. Trout lines should be illegal.|
|5) Not many places to get out of the kayak in Hals Lake without getting muddy right now. I used this fallen tree to get on and walked on it to dry land, only to get stung by fire ants that had nested in the tree trunk.|
|6) On land, signs of a drought are visible.|
|7) Not many flowers in bloom now. There were a few displays from swamp milkweed (Asclepias perennis).|
|8) Also saw an Indian Heliotrope (Heliotropium indicum) which has a cool looking flower stem that unfurls.|
|9) The trunk of this bald cypress gets much wider at the bottom.|
|10) The deep woods of the delta are ideal for Barred Owls.|
|11) Even though the tree is dead, it still brings forth life.|
|12) The Olin boat launch ramp in McIntosh is about 250 feet long because water levels can vary widely. Can you see the kayak?|