Gilliard's Island looks small but the man-made dredge spoils island is about 6 miles in perimeter.
I call it Pelican Island for an obvious reason.
If you ever want to see thousands of pelicans, paddle around Gilliard Island on a calm day.
If you're lucky a big ship will pass closely in the ship channel while you are on the east side of the island. I missed a close encounter with this ship by about half an hour.
Standing room only for pelicans along the rocks which surround the entire Island.
It is a surreal paddling experience to be around so many pelicans.
Always a fascinating ship to see is the Deep Blue.
Another big ship in the Theodore Industrial Canal near where I launched in North Fork Deer River.