Launch Cost: Free
Destination: Petit Bois Island and the island just to the west, Sand Island.
Distance: 25 miles (round trip).
Trip Rating: Difficult due to distance. Dangerous due to Open Water, Big Fetch, Possible strong current, wind and big waves.
Time Paddling: 7-1/2 hours
Weather: Mostly sunny and warm - 70 to 78 degrees. Winds out of the north 10 mph decreasing to 0-5 mph in the afternoon. Crossed at High tide and came back during falling tide. Current 0.5 to 1.5 mph. Waves 1-2 feet.
GPS Track: To view or download the GPS track of this trip, Click Here.
|Header image - Pelicans on a peninsula of Sand Island.|
|Sunrise in Bayou Casotte with a tugboat connected to natural gas barges. No smoking in this area!|
|Ship Honourable Henry Jackman is one of the longest ships I've ever seen measuring 800 feet long. Wow!|
|I planned this trip using EarthNC and created a route to stay near the ship channel markers. The route was sent to Google Earth and from there I converted it for upload to the GPS. It is amazing how this ship stays upright.|
|After tropical storm Lee, I expected to see Petit Bois Island littered with tar balls and stunningly, I found none. There was a tar ball removal crew working the islands.|
|On the south side of islands (sheltered from the north wind), the seas were calm and despite all the recent rain, the water was beautiful looking.|
|Saw quite a few Figure 8 jellyfish in the water.|
|There were even more of them littering the beach.|
|I had planned to spend some time exploring Petit Bois Island but the Al-Qaeda flies were seriously out for blood. The persistent little Bleeps ruined the return crossing because there was no wind to keep them away. 3-1/2 hours of swatting flies...|
|Light puffy clouds formed and they did not seem to move. Navigation markers serve the Pelican community well.|
|Speaking of pelicans, this one had what looked like sores on is pouch.|
|An unknown dark variety of shore bird picks away at a deceased stingray.|