My Adventure Story
spending christmas in the swamp may not be for everyone but me and 2 of my nephews never did fall in to the everyone class. 5 days and 4 nights out in kayaks with no real plan other than just to go. We put in at the boat ramp right off the hwy. on x-mas eve and went inland with the tide. ( tides run 6-7 feet) Paddleing was easy and didn't take long to get away from the noise of I-95. There was some worries after several hours in on camping since we had not seen any dry land at all yet but those worries laid to rest when we found a camp spot on main channle didnt use it but had a fall back plan if we didnt find any more. We ended up camping the first and last night on lewis island. has several good spots high enough out of the reaches of high tide. most of the days we spent exploring the little creeks and lakes going in with tide and getting back out before low tide, then found camps on the bigger channels at night . this work well except for the one night we camped 400 feet up a creek to get out of wind just to find a large sand bar land locking us the next morning. All and all was a great trip awsome looking trees, saw river otters almost every day, ducks,deer, ducks, turkey, more ducks and other birds, turtles, osprey, owls wassome of the other wildlife and there was sighns of wild pigs around but never saw any. As for the paddling it was great to get back in to the tight creeks and even going against the tide current at times was not that hard. good GPS is a must in the maze of trees and little creeks, not alot of stand out land marks, many of the place you can pass though in high tide are not on maps can go from one creek system to another without knowing it, also several places on maps we had showed places you could travel at low tide but where dryed up when we got there. was useing garmin 24k topo and garmin 100k lakes & rivers. The topo seemed to work the best for us.