Snuck it in... Ashville Bridge Creek - Hells Creek - North Bay




I woke up this morning, with different plans, since the weather today was not really supposed to be conducive to kayaking. The forecast last night, was rain in the morning turning to snow around midday with 15+ MPH winds. When I got up and looked out the window, I knew the forecast had changed, the impending storm was still several hours off the temperature was in the mid 40s with very little wind. Having not been able to put the kayak in the water for 6 weeks, I became highly motivated and loaded up the kayak and gear and headed to Ashville Bridge Creek. The water was a little lower then I like, but it was doable, and there was enough clearance to get under the bridge and do the loop. Wading out to get the kayak in deep enough water was fun, as the water was cold.

So heading North was a little bit of a slow go, because I usually don't go this way and finding the channel to keep the kayak off the bottom was hit or miss, as well as navigating around a few freshly fallen trees... Hells Creek has yet to impress me, as it is nothing more then a wide ditch, but is nice and deep and good to get a good workout. Exiting the creek I was planning on doing a loop around North Bay, but my luck started to run out, the breeze freshened up a bit and seemed colder and the clouds had snow written all over them, and knowing I was about an hour out I abbreviated the loop and headed over to Horn Point to check it out.

In past kayak trips, I have wondered what the park like facility next to the Horn Point launch was and why it wasn't in use. Today I got some answers and now new questions. All around it are now National Wildlife Refuge signs, that somewhat answered the what and who question. The new question is what are they doing to the facility, because there were several pieces of construction equipment apparently doing some kind of work. cruised around the old dock structure, and took some pictures, for some reason when I kayak in the winter months I do notice more old docks and piers and they seem to look different and more photogenic when the weather is grey.

So looking upwards, and seeing the clouds looking a bit more ominous, I turned the kayak to the mouth of Ashville Bridge Creek to head for home. On the way up the creek, there were a lot more herons then I normally see, and that was about it for spotting any wildlife, except for some geese overhead, and the lone egret in the bay.

I guess my timing was right today, because as I was unloading the kayak, the first snow started to fall.

Date Launch Site Distance Photos
02/18/2006 Lotus Garden Park, Virginia Beach 6.50 34
North side of Ashville Bridge Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
North side of Ashville Bridge Creek, heading for Hells Point creek


North side of Ashville Bridge Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
North side of Ashville Bridge Creek, heading for Hells Point creek


Looking South on Hells Point Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Looking South on Hells Point Creek, heading to Back Bay


Heading South on Hells Point Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Heading South on Hells Point Creek, Back Bay is in the distance


Heading South on Hells Point Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Heading South on Hells Point Creek, Back Bay is in the distance


Duck blind on Back Bay Virginia (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Duck blind on Back Bay Virginia


Duck blind on Back Bay Virginia (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Bird on Duck blind on Back Bay Virginia


Duck blind on Back Bay Virginia (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Bird on Duck blind on Back Bay Virginia


new Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Approaching new Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge facility at Horn Point


Horn Point launch from the water (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Horn Point launch from the water


Horn Point launch from the water (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Horn Point launch from the water


Construction Equipment at Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Construction Equipment at Back Bay NWR


Hunt club remnants at Horn Point (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point


Hunt club remnants at Horn Point (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point


Hunt club remnants at Horn Point (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point


Hunt club remnants at Horn Point (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point


Channel behind Hunt club remnants at Horn Point (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Channel behind Hunt club remnants at Horn Point


Hunt club remnants at Horn Point (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point


Hunt club remnants at Horn Point (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point


Hunt club remnants at Horn Point (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point


Hunt club remnants at Horn Point (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point


Hunt club remnants at Horn Point (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point


Hunt club remnants at Horn Point (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point


Marsh reeds at the entrance to Ashville Bridge Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Marsh reeds at the entrance to Ashville Bridge Creek


Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia beach (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia beach


Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia beach (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia beach


Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia beach (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia beach


Ashville Bridge Creek in the Winter (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Ashville Bridge Creek in the Winter


Ashville Bridge Creek in the Winter (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Ashville Bridge Creek in the Winter


Lotus Pond (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lotus Pond


Lotus seed pod (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
left over Lotus seed pod from last summer


Lotus stems (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lotus stems, left over from last summer


Lotus Pond, kayak launch from the water (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lotus Pond, kayak launch from the water


Lotus Pond, kayak launch from the water (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lotus Pond, kayak launch from the water




12/07/2019 01:52:40 PM

© 2019 Paul Perusse

For comments or problems, contact me at webmaster@kayakvb.com