Labor Day - Blackwater River




Well it has been about 3 weeks since I have had a chance to get out on the water... Went out to the Blackwater River with Brian, and we opted to head upstream this visit, since my last attempt here was shortened by an approaching thunderstorm. The river was fairly crowded, there were about 10 or so fishing boats, and 3 kayakers not including us, which seems a lot considering the remoteness of the river.

We were limited by a bunch of fallen trees about 2.5 miles up the stream, we did consider portaging, but decided against it, as the report we had heard from people coming down stream that it was a couple hundred yards of trees blocking the way, but we may try it again with better footwear and an earlier start... On the way back we saw several indications of beavers working over the trunks of trees. Towards the launch we also saw several bald eagles overhead, instead of the numerous buzzards we saw on the trip upstream.

Next trip out here may be a one way to Franklin, or to check out the potential launches at Burdette Rd. and Unity Rd., but looking at the maps there may not be much above Unity Rd. I have not seen a launch to the South of Franklin on the Blackwater, but I am looking, if you know of any let me know...

Date Launch Site Distance Photos
09/03/2007 Joyners Bridge Road Boat Launch 6.00 16
Joyners Bridge (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Looking South from the Joyners Bridge launch


Joyners Bridge Launch (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Looking North from Joyners Bridge launch


Blackwater River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Heading up the Blackwater River


Blackwater River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
More of the Blackwater River


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This was near the end of the line for us, as we searched for a way around the log jam


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A little spot of color in an otherwise bland setting


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A plant of some type trying to establish a foot hold... Sorry for the washed out image, I forgot my sunshade..


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A little better view of what appears to be a rose, trying to establish itself at the end of a branch


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A lilly in bloom....


Beaver (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Signs of beavers working on a tree...


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A little better vier of the beaver marks on a tree


Bald Eagles  (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Bald Eagle(s) soaring over the Blackwater river... I know at least one was a Bald Eagle


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This was pretty much the end of the line for the downstream portion, what looks like a big rock in the middle of the stream is a large log...


Berries (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Berries over head...


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Joyners Bridge launch from down stream


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