Wednesday, May 16, 2012

05/16/2012 - Black Creek (Pascagoula WMA)

Launch: Roy O. Cumbest Public Boat Ramp at Hwy 614 (Airport Blvd) and Graham Lake Road
Launch Cost: Free
Destination: Mills Ditch-Pascagoula River Loop (blocked), and explore Black Creek, Pascagoula WMA as a back up plan.
Paddle Distance: About 35 miles (round trip)
Paddle time: 11 Hrs
Weather: Sunny, winds calm to 5 mph. Air temp 75-85 degrees. Current ranged from less than 0.5 mph in Mill's Ditch to 2.5 mph in Black Creek.
GPS Track: To view or download the GPS track of this trip, Click Here.

Header image is a photo of a harmless water snake wrapped on a limb.

Sunrise as viewed from the Pascagoula River shortly after launch.

One of Pascagoula River's many sand bars.

Mayflies were spreading their wings to live for the day. (Mayflies only live for one day.)

Unfortunate Mayfly - the one day it gets to live - it meets a spider.

I saw a lot of water snakes today.

I saw a lot of water snakes today.

This water snake had a belly full of something.

Today is the first time I ever saw a Gulf Coast Spiny Softshell Turtle and got a photo of it.

A hunting camp on the Pascagoula River and Black Creek. 

One camp, Billy Joe's Retirement Home, appears to have a feminine touch.

I had hoped to find more swamp areas to explore and only found one small area.

Black Creek had a lot of current and was running 2-3 mph. It was a rather boring paddle with mostly high mud banks and little in way of wildlife tracks.

I had planned to paddle up Mills Ditch to the Pascagoula River but Mills Ditch had a Log Jam that was 100 yards long and up to 10 feet high and I had already portaged logs twice and didn't feel like finding a way around this one.

Sunset at the Roy O Cumbest boat ramp.

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