Running The Border - Smiths Creek - Northwest River




I have not been to Smiths Creek since May, and I have no reason why I have not. The water levels were up at the launch site, and a couple of trees have fallen to the left, so that option is gone for a while. The water surface was pretty scummy, with some kind of reddish almost oil looking stuff on it, but it was not oil. This area is almost always a nice relaxing trip any time of year, and today was no difference, just nice calm waters and beautiful forest, with a view that changes at every turn.

Today was also the annual NAS Oceania Air show, and this area is used for the staging area for the planes, so I gat the added bonus of a mini air show watching the Navy planes group up for their fly-bys.

I took a left at the Northwest river, as I had planned, with my destination a creek that parallels the VA/NC border. There wasn't much traffic on the river, except for the occasional fisherman, making it a real pleasant paddle down.

The mouth of the creek is right at the border, it is easy to spot, just look for the dashed line in the river and make a left :-). The creek pretty much straddles the border, to the left is forrest and Virginia, and to the right is grassy marsh and North Carolina. After the first quarter mile or so, you start losing the sounds of the power boats on the river, and the sounds of this wooded marsh start taking over, which is my favorite part of any trip. The creek branches in to 2 decent sized branches, a little over a mile from the river. I took the right (larger) branch, I was planning on doing both, but for some reason my head was not into is, and I decided to save it for another trip. I think this would be a great spring, early summer trip.

The trip back with the exception of the big moron pulling the little moron on the inner-tube behind the ski-boat was pretty uneventful, I guess they were trying to see just how much of the river they could use.

A bit of a warning, about a hundred yards from the launch, just before the first, there is a large Hornets nest on the North or right side of the creek, it is about 8 feet off the water.

Date Launch Site Distance Photos
09/09/2006 Baum Road Small Boat Launch 8.90 23
Baum Road launch site (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Baum Road launch site


Smiths Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Smiths Creek


turtle sunning on a log (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Turtle sunning on a log, on Smiths Creek


Smiths Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Looking South on Smiths Creek


Fighters grouping up (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Fighters grouping up over Smiths Creek, for the Oceania Airshow


A dozen Navy fighters over Smiths Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
A dozen Navy fighters over Smiths Creek as they prepare for the NAS Oceania Airshow


Northwest River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Looking South down the Northwest River from Smiths Creek


Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The creek on the Virginia North Carolina border, at the Northwest River


Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The creek on the Virginia North Carolina border, marsh and NC on the right


Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The creek on the Virginia North Carolina border, transitioning into wooded marsh


The creek on the Virginia North Carolina border (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The creek on the Virginia North Carolina border, crossing into NC


Cypress Tree (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
A leaning Cypress tree


Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Scenic Shot


Mixed Marsh (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Mixed marsh


Marsh (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
End of the line.


Creek trees (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Trees line the creek, and you can see the junk floating on the water.


Creek trees (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Creek trees


Creek trees (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Creek trees


Hornets Nest on Smiths Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hornets Nest on Smiths Creek, near the Baum Road launch


Hornets Nest on Smiths Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Hornets Nest on Smiths Creek, near the Baum Road launch


Hornets Nest on Smiths Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Close up of the Hornets Nest on Smiths Creek, near the Baum Road launch


Aerial view of trip on 9/9/06 (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Aerial view of trip on 9/9/06


topo view of trip on 9/9/06 (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
topo view of trip on 9/9/06




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