Launch Cost: $5
Destination: Exploratory paddle of Cedar Creek, Louis Lake, David Lake, Sheppard Lake and and Barrow Creek. To paddle the David Lake-Sheppard Lake area, use the Mt Vernon Launch site because it is closer and free. I paddled up Cedar Creek, Louis Lake and Barrow Creek until log jams blocked the way.
Distance: 28 miles (round trip)
Paddle time: 9-1/2 hours
Weather: Foggy until 9:00 am and then it was another hot day in Alabama. Mostly Sunny. Rising tide. Minimal (<0.5 mph) current. No waves. No wind.
GPS Track: To view or download the GPS track of this trip, Click Here.
|Header image is a photo of the Barrow Creek area which sees frequent flooding.|
|1) No sunrise this morning where on Mobile River, the fog kept the temperatures cool until about 9:00 a.m.|
|2) The first place I explored was Louis Lake which reminded me a little of Bayou Jessamine. There was a green coating on the water surface. An alligator scurried out of the water and ran into the woods.|
|3) I paddled north to David Lake where there is a little bit of industrial activity. Many of the shoreline trees have been roped to death by barges.|
|4) From David Lake I paddled into Sheppard Lake where there were a lot of people fishing for brim.|
|5) Sheppard Lake leads to Barrow Creek where I found some big trees. I'm about to paddle through the middle of this weathered cypress tree.|
|6) One cypress tree in Barrow Creek seemed to be out of place because its trunk was so big compared to the trees around it. It reminded me a little of the champion cypress.|
|7) Saw quite a few Swallow-Tailed Kites and plenty of these Prothonotary Warblers.|
|8) Back on the Mobile River, a large pleasure boat motored past leaving a 3 foot wake that caused bank erosion. Ironically, contractors can get fined if they cause erosion and turbid waters. What is ADEM doing about erosion caused by boats?|
|9) Saw a lot of snakes today and this watersnake in Mobile River had caught a fish.|
|10) It swam to the bank with the rather large catfish and proceeded to try to swallow it whole. Note the catfish barb sticking up.|
|11) There were a lot of turtles out on logs letting the sun dry out their algae caked shells.|
|12) How the expired turtle ended up like this stumps me.|
|13) Up in Cedar Creek there were a couple of deer in the swamp grasses.|
|14) Just beyond Cedar Creek Landing is a houseboat community with a neat direction sign.|