Launch Cost: Free
Destination: Having never paddled the Three Rivers Lake and Otter Bayou area, I decided to explore the waterway perimeters. I tried to paddle Three Rivers Lake back in 2006 but was unsuccessful due to high waters.
Distance: 22 miles (round trip)
Paddle time: 7-1/4 hours
Weather: Sunny. Warm morning to Scorching Hot afternoon. No wind. Tide was low and beginning rise. Current was limited to about 1 mph.
GPS Track: To view or download the GPS track of this trip, Click Here.
|Header Image is a photomerge of a large sandbar located north of the McIntosh launch site.|
|Sunrise on the Tombigbee River.|
|Nice thing about the Tombigbee River up here is there are solid bottom sand bars to get out on.|
|Not much water movement in Otter Bayou. I tried to go to Side Lake Bayou but the channel water level was too low.|
|There were quite a few people fishing in Three Rivers Lake. This fellow was fishing with 5-6 poles.|
|This odd looking thing was on the side of a tree well above the water line. Something must be having quite a feast on the tree.|
|In areas where water levels vary greatly, bare limb hooks can be dangling at face level. These abandoned limb hooks catch whatever isn't paying attention and that can include kayakers.|
|An alligator came swimming up to the kayak and we had a momentary stalemate. It finally went under water after I tried to ram it.|
|What is there to do on a hot lazy afternoon? This alligator was sleeping.|
|There were a lot of nice cypress trees in Three Rivers Lake.|
|Way up stream, the forest shows signs of being flooded frequently as a dark moss grows high up on the tree trunks.|
|Nestled in the middle of a hollowed out cypress tree sat the biggest water snake I've ever seen with a body diameter of 2-3 inches.|
|Turtles have very good eye sight as most dropped into the water before I ever saw them.|
|This turkey vulture followed me for about a mile but I wasn't ready to give up the ghost yet.|