Launch Cost: Free.
Destination: Exploratory paddle of the upper portion of Choctaw NWR including Okatuppa Creek. There is plenty of paddling territory up here!
Distance: 26 miles (round trip)
Paddle time: 8-1/2 hours
Weather: Another hot day in Alabama. Mostly Sunny. Rising tide. Minimal (<0.5 mph) current. No waves. No wind.
Caution: If you are exploring, beware, there is a Submerged Dam (Coffeeville Dam) 9 miles south of the launch site on the Tombigbee River.
GPS Track: To view or download the GPS track of this trip, Click Here.
|Header image shows a bunch of water hyacinth plants in bloom.|
|1) Sunrise on the Tombigbee River which is only about a tenth of a mile wide here.|
|2) There are many little sloughs to explore off Okatuppa Creek, including Judys Slough. The scenery was beautiful. The entrance to Okatuppa Creek and the upper Choctaw NWR area is about 3 miles south (an hours paddle) of the Lenoir Launch site on the Tombigbee. It is half that distance if you launch at the Choctaw NWR landing.|
|3) There were some Lotus flowers in bloom.|
|4) The seed pod of the Lotus flower.|
|5) I paddled up Okatuppa Creek until it got shallow near this farm where I spooked a herd of cows.|
|6) Saw plenty of Atlantic Pigeonwing flowers in the woods (Clitoria mariana).|
|7) Saw more green herons today than anything else.|
|8) Just when I thought it would be a dead end due to dense vegetation, there would be a little inlet leading to more spectacular views. I love exploring new waterways. Bet this area would be great to paddle during fall foliage.|
|9) This was a very heartwarming paddle today. The red objects are mosquito ferns.|
The heart objects go to that special woman out there. You know who you are.