Flag Day - Knott's Island Bay - Swan Island




Today was a return to Knott's Island after a a very long absence, and looking at my list, it has been almost 3 years since my last trip here. Had a guest with me today, and I was hoping that we would be out of the smoke, being this far South, and the forecast calling for a South Southwest wind. When we initially arrived, it was pretty smokey, to the point that we could not see across to Corova Beach.
After launching we headed South, and to the point and Swan Island, and to poke around the marsh there. We took a turn in to one of the first inlets we saw, and we introduced to our paddle partners for the rest of our trip, Yellow Flies, which made for a pleasant trip. As we and the Yellow Files rounded the Southern end of the island, we noticed what we initially thought was a house, but as we approached we soon found out that it is the Swan Island Club, a hunting club that as far as I can tell dates back to 1838. The facility look like it is pretty nice.
We then proceeded North to explore the marsh, and the plan was to continue up the shore line before returning to the Brumley Road Launch. When going to a new place I normally print out a satellite map for reference, but for some reason today I did not (Add to that, Garmin Sucks in North Carolina). So as we were looking for a passage to the North, and dealing with a lot of grass and MillFoil, along with fairly shallow water we were looking for the quickest way to the main channel, without back tracking. Well we couldm't find one, so we ended up back tracking anyways. The back tracking was rewarded, as we were coming out of what we thought was a possible passage, we were rewarded with seeing a couple of Deer crossing the channel.
We did end up back tracking the majority of the way, but all in all it was a good trip...

Date Launch Site Distance Photos
06/14/2008 Brumley Road Knotts Island 9.40 25
Brumely Road launch (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Smokey day on the water, or so we thought.


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Swan Island North Carolina approaching from the North


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Looking at Swan Island, the smoke is going away


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Looking towards Corova Beach, North Carolina, across a lot of millfoil


Swan Island Club From the Southweat (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
What I thought was a house, turned out to be the Swan Island C;ub


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The main building of the Swan Island Club, in Currituck Sound North Carolina


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Swan Island Club, main building


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Swan Island Club


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Swan Island Club NC overview (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Picture of the majority of the Swan Island Club facility.


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The rest of the building at the Swan Island Club, the are what appears to be dog kennels behind the boat shed


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Deer crossing the channel (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Dear crossing the channel ahead.


Deer crossing the channel (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Deer crossing the channel and ready to head into the brush


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Ospery flying (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Osprey overhead


Brumely Road launch (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Smokey no more. Compare to the first image


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