Waterway at Launch: Paige Bayou
Launch Cost: $5
Destination: Bluff Creek and Paige Bayou hoping to see some sandhill cranes at the Sandhill Crane NWR. None were seen or heard on this trip.
Distance: 9-1/2 miles (round trip).
Trip Rating: Easy pace.
Time Paddling: 3-1/4 hours
Weather: Foggy, no wind. Near high tide. Current less than 0.5 mph. No waves - waters mostly slick.
GPS Track: To view or download the GPS track of this trip, CLICK HERE.
|Header Image - they have alligators in Bluff Creek.|
|A big Osprey Eagle nest in Paige Bayou on a foggy morning.|
|It took about 2 hours but the fog finally disappeared. This area will probably be stunning in a few weeks as the cypress needles are starting to turn to golden brown.|
|Southern Wild Rice (Zizania aquatica) was abundant along the shoreline.|
|Yellow Pond Lily with delicate markings (Nuphar lutea).|
|This Palamedes Swallowtail butterfly was stuck to the water and couldn't fly. As soon as it was scooped up on a paddle, it took off flying.|
|This small butterfly was camouflaged well in Spanish Moss.|
|An eastern bluebird.|
|I was using the paddle as a stabilizer while attempting to get out of the kayak onto the creek bank. Next thing I know the kayak shifted, all my weight went onto the paddle and then crack, the paddle broke and I was in the water. That was unexpected.|
|With only half a paddle to work with, I decided to turn around and go back to the launch site. I was bummed out. See the sad face in the mud bank reflection?|