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Kayak Trip on Smith Creek

Enjoy a gentle paddle up the Cape Fear River past the Wilmington riverfront area for 2.75 miles and then take a turn onto Smith Creek to enjoy 3.5 miles of wildlife and scenery right in the middle of Wilmington.

Meet at the put in at 602 Surry St which is right at the foot of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge on the Wilmington side of the river (see picture below). We will launch onto the Cape Fear River from the put in at about 9:15 AM. The low tide is predicted by NOAA to occur at 6:49 AM and the high tide at 12:20 PM, so we will capture the upstream tidal current.

The take out is at Archie Blue Community Park which has a canoe ramp area at Burnt Mill Creek, a branch off of Smith CreekPaddlers will be shuttled to the launch site to pick up their cars, return to take-out for their kayaks, and then we'll have lunch afterwards at the Harp, an Irish restaurant nearby.

Please email me at [masked] if you have questions or to RSVP if you don't RSVP on meetup.

Please open the below spreadsheet and put comments to indicate your needs for rental kayak. 

STATUS SPREADSHEET FOR KAYAK TRIP 2, SMITH CREEK

Although most of the natural landscapes that we kayak in are not near the center of Wilmington, there is one place in Wilmington where you can find some quiet nature in this bustling urban sprawl.  Smith Creek is a small winding waterway that meanders right through the heart of Wilmington.

Smith Creek starts on the east side of I-40 and runs past the airport then flows into the Northeast Cape Fear River just north of downtown Wilmington.  We won't be getting on at the start of Smith Creek. We won't even be getting on at the end. As mentioned, we will be starting out on the Cape Fear River, at the foot of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, Wilmington side. Bring your (water protected) camera to snap some pictures. Alligators are not uncommon in these waters and the birds, as the pictures show, are a sight to behold.


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  • Waylon W.

    Nice trip.

    1 · June 1, 2014

  • Cathy P.

    Thanks Pam. Maybe we can talk Walon into doing it again before the season is over.

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • Jeanette N.

    Would have LOVED to do this. But that's the day I leave Kure. So sad. But will return in Sept for lots more kayaking! Have fun. Think off kayaking at Kyrkokvarn in Mullsjö Sweden near my hometown in Sweden!!

    May 26, 2014

  • Pam J.

    Cathy - Will miss you, good luck to your dad. Pam J

    May 25, 2014

  • Cathy P.

    looks like Im going to miss this trip again this year. Going to Florida Thursday. My dad is having open heart surgery. Have fun.

    May 25, 2014

  • Carole

    Waylon, I just mailed the membership and check. This sounds like a beautiful paddle. I am looking forward to it.

    May 25, 2014

  • Waylon W.

    Yes, Megan ... you have dibs on my spare kayak since you asked weeks ago. Don't forget to join the club if you haven't yet. Go to http://www.capefearskiandoutingclub.com/membership.html

    May 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I thought I did and sent in the $25 application fee

      May 2, 2014

    • Waylon W.

      Yes, just checked and you are right, you are showing up in the monthly membership report.

      May 6, 2014

  • Waylon W.

    Since an outfitter is not working with us for this paddle, it is up to each individual to get his/her own kayak. Very reasonable kayak rentals are available including equipment at several local sources including hooklineandpaddle.com, theadventurecompany.net and paddlenc.com.

    May 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If not I will need to rent. :))

    May 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Waylon, is your kayak still available for me? This looks like such a fun trip!

    May 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Newbie here, hi all.. I did this paddle last year and it is beautiful, worth going 10 more times

    May 2, 2014

  • Cathy P.

    I missed the Smith Creek paddle last year. Cant wait to go this year.

    March 26, 2014

  • Carol S.

    Hey Waylon, where are you putting in? We don't anyplace to put mid way.

    March 25, 2014

    • Waylon W.

      The put in/take out is on Burnt Mill Creek at Archie Blue Community Park. They have canoe launch. I will add the link to the write up. Just a short paddle up to Smith Creek.

      March 26, 2014

  • Jeanette N.

    Sorry. Thus is the day I leave this beautiful place for summer locales. See you in September.

    March 26, 2014

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