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 Creek. Paddlers 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.
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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.