April 2007 - A kayak trip down Batchelor's Creek, a tributary to the
lower Neuse river near New Bern North Carolina. (click the
thumbnails for a larger view, or
click here to fly to our route via Google Earth). As the
crow flies it is only five miles from the put-in point to the take-out point but as the kayak paddles it was 9.7 miles. We all
felt great at the end of the paddle but everyone's upper arms and
shoulders did get a workout.
We arrived at 9:30am at Union Point Park in New Bern and met the
Neuse Riverkeeper, Larry Baldwin, and some members of the board of
directors of the Neuse River Foundation. He headed to our
take-out point, Glenburnie Park.
There we parked our car and
headed out to the put-in point at the intersection of NC Highway 43 and
Batchelor's Creek. We parked the cars beside the road and
unloaded the kayaks and carried them down to the creek beside the
bridge. We all had our foot pegs adjusted just so and one by
one we launched into the creek.
What a beautiful creek it is! This creek is a quiet tree-lined freshwater tributary to the lower Neuse River.
Following are pictures of our paddle down the creek. As you
can see from the map above, the creek joins a side channel of the
Neuse River at Hog Island. That side channel of the Neuse is
called "The Gut". We joined the main channel just a little way
from our take-out point.
kayak trip was a present to us from my brother John. John got
the trip by being the high bidder in a charity auction. He
looked at the trip on the auction site and thought, "I know what a
reasonable price for such a trip should be." John put in that bid
and it turned out to be the high bid. John never suspected that he would win the
trip. Because he knew that Evelyn and I had just purchased two
kayaks for paddling around the bays and creeks near Morehead City, he
thought we would have a good time doing this trip. Well, John
was certainly right!
We had a wonderful day. The trip could
have been done last summer, but Evelyn suggested that we try for a
spring trip when the bugs are not so bad and the
weather is not so hot. A nicer
day to paddle down Batchelor Creek could not have been picked. And we could not have had
better kayak guides than this group of river folks. We learned a
lot about the lower Neuse river and the
challenges facing this river and saw turtles, sea hawks, ducks,
loons, fish, and a few fishermen.
competition was going on and we saw a few of the boats fishing along the
creek as we quietly paddled by them. About the half way mark
we beached our kayaks and had a water break. The foundation
even had a john boat along in case anyone needed help Bill Snyder
ran the john boat and tracked us the whole way. It was
good having Bill along, but no one needed a rescue. At the end
of the paddle back in Glenburnie Park we had a wonderful picnic and
The Entire Crew (except Me)
Carol, Diane, Bill, Evelyn, Ginny, Dave, Larry, Joe
The Entire crew (Except Bill)
Zach, Evelyn, Ginny and Joe
What a delightful trip.
We thank the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Larry
and the Neuse River Foundation for making this trip possible.
A nicer group of people,
a more beautiful day,
and a finer paddle could not have