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Let's kayak/backpack camp Cumberland Island GA.

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  • Crooked River State Park

    6222 Charlie Smith Sr. Highway, St. Marys , GA 31558 , GA (map)

    30.842205 -81.552467



    Before you RSVP please read this entire page and make sure you understand what is entailed here this trip is a little intense but doable. Be sure to read the Saturday itinerary.

    This one your gonna love, again. I have a reservation for 10 again to Cumberland Island by KAYAK. This is exciting, oh BABY. What we will Do is camp at Crooked River State Park 6222 Charlie Smith Sr. Highway St. Mary’s , GA 31558 on Wednesday April 16, 2014 I will get there early so I can get the permit and orientation and sites for Cumberland.

    On Thursday we’ll set out on the falling tide which is 12:33 PM on the Crooked River and head to Plum Orchard and then up the Brickhill River, we have approximately 5 hours to complete this run to Brickhill Bluff where we will make camp. On the 16th, 17th and 18th we will experience a spring tide on these days (extra high and extra fast also extra low) I have been told that the current here in these two rivers (Brickhill and Crooked) runs at like 6 knots so we need to be on time with the tides because there is no paddling against 6 knots. Once we have a feel for how fast our group can move we will know how much time we have for goofing off and how much buffer we have. If we miss our targets we will be stuck were ever we are and will have to wait it out there or go back with the current back to where we came from and wait it out there for up to six hours till tide turns, so with that being said you see how important it is that we get to where we are going. The great thing is that all of these destinations are about 6 miles apart and with 6 knots in our favor we should be able to make neck breaking speed. I am hoping that it will take about 2 hours each to make these points(2 to Brickhill and 2 to Plum) giving a little time for exploration. Winds can have a big impact on how fast we move. So a windy day out of the right direction and we will have to work it. So we will make camp at brickhill Bluff and depending on what time it is we may be able to walk over to the beach it’s about a 2.5 mile hike. Sunsets at like 7:55 PM this day.

    Friday the 18th we will set out at about 11:49 Am and head north on the Brickhill River on the falling tide and into the Cumberland River and head north to Cumberland Wharf about 3 miles where we can go ashore and explore The Settlement and The First African Baptist Church if time permits we can go farther north and visit the lighthouse (we can’t get out at the light house it’s private property) almost eight miles from Brickhill on the north tip of the island or vise versa, but at about 5:48 PM we need to be headed back south to the Brickhill River on the rising tide. We may just hike this part it's only three miles and depending on the conditions.

    On Saturday morning we have a 6:45 AM low at Cumberland Sound entrance and can start to head out south on Brickhill and back to Plum Orchard at about 8:00 AM this is only two hours or so we have a little lee way as far as departure time. At Plum Orchard we will beach and secure our boats and don our backpacks and hike about 4.5 miles to Stafford Beach Camp where we will, you guess it make camp for the night. Oh did I forget to tell you we would be backpacking also????????? OPPS my bad (LOL).

    On Sunday we will Backpack to Yankee Paradise which is about 3 miles north of Stafford Beach Camp and make camp.

    Monday morning will break camp and head to our boats at like 7:00 AM we have an 8:09 AM low tide but only like 2 or 3 hours back to CRSP so again we have a little lee way.

     Some thing you may want to know tides charts are for specific locations and some times are off but not to worry I have calculated that into the mix and we will be alright. I got the locations are pretty close to where we are and I am certain there may be only a couple of minutes difference. If you want to know which subordinate stations I used email me and I will send them to you.

    What and who you need to be, you need to be a very proficient paddler INTERMEDIATE PLUS ((you must have assisted and self rescue skills NO EXCEPTIONS we will be crossing a very active sound big ships and submarines as well as pleasure craft use this sound you need to be able to get back into you boat in like minutes and be back on track in case of)(need to know what an intermediate paddler is check this chart from Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers level 3)) and a Kayak camper/backpacker with the proper gear. Proper gear is a spray skirt and Pfd to be worn and of course a SEA KAYAK of at least 16 ft. with bulk heads forward and aft (this is not a float down the Wekiva this is sea kayaking). A bilge pump and paddle float and the necessary camping equipment and food. I would ask that every one keep the decks clear as possible (to cut down on windage in case of winds this is doable since you will have backpacking gear anyways should be able to fit all your gear in the 16 ft or better sea kayak easy peasy) We need to bear bag, there are no bears but others that want a free meal.  I almost forgot there are to be no fires on the island so food is cooked on stoves, so if you want to cook bring a stove and fuel. There is a pump for water at Brickhill and the Settlement, we have to filter at The Settlement and Brickhill the water at Plum is potable if some one is home. There is a pump at Stafford or a short distance from. We will have to hump water from between Hickory hill and Yankee Paradise on our way to Yankee from Stafford also a short distance also needs to be filtered. I have an EPA rated filter it would be nice to have one or two more. Bugs can be a problem bring DEET lots of DEET. I will have GPS and VHF and charts. Redundancy is a good thing, don’t be shy.

    There are Questions before you RSVP you must answer these questions to be eligible to be place on the going list AGAIN NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!!! If I feel this trip is above your paddling abilities I will not put you on the going list. We will paddle as a group, we will cross the sound as a group no one is going to be left behind  and no one is going to sprint ahead if any one has a problem with this please don't RSVP.

    This is exploratory I have never been here,  you must be able to go along with the flow in case of change, weather or anything else that can happen and a can do attitude would help!!!!! I feel I have done due diligence and if any one has information for the good and the well being of the cause please let me know I am open to all.

    What you need to do. Make reservations at Crooked River State Park by going here the top of the page “make Reservations” or here for April 16, 2014 its 28.00 dollars. Cost to camp on island is 20 for the group and 2.00 dollars per person per day

    This the location of the park,+GA+31558&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x88e51d0440aeb64f:0x154020555db7e382,6222+Charlie+Smith+Sr+Hwy,+St+Marys,+GA+31558&gl=us&ei=1c1JUoLgHJPU9QSb5IG4CQ&ved=0CCsQ8gEwAA

    Average temperatures for this time of year is low to mid seventies daytime mid fifties over night.

    This is open to eight more people and base on your answers to the questions!

    Follow this link to the map of the island

    Any questions?


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  • Rick

    Good thing you cancelled Donald. Weather is really rough including flood watches forecast for that area. We would have had to cancel after driving all the way up there.

    April 17, 2014

  • Bill

    Donald. Is this still on? Can we share sites at crooked river? I have not made any reservations. Also. any reason to be at crooked river at 10 am since we will not be paddling until Thur. Also do you want to carpool?

    April 9, 2014

  • Howard

    Sorry, some pressing issues came up and I will have to pull out... Really wanted to go on this one.. have a great time... Looking forward to the pictures.

    April 7, 2014

  • SunAnnie

    Sorry I can't make it!

    March 13, 2014

  • Joni

    Had to back out - I will likely be on a project on this date.

    March 11, 2014

  • Peggy

    I did this 2 years ago with 2 friends...what a treat. It is extremely important to paddle with the tide. The island is awesome. You will all have a wonderful time. Looking forward to seeing the pictures.

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Darlene

    Checked with the boss, not able to take that time off.

    January 21, 2014

  • Bob W.

    Any site number anyone is looking at for C River St Park?

    January 5, 2014

  • Victoria P

    Donald, sure hope you offer this paddle again...have another venue I'm committed to this particular weekend!

    December 27, 2013

  • Bob W.

    Looking forward to this trip and answering your questions. I am a member of tampa bay sea kayakers. Where are the Questions, did I miss a link?

    December 24, 2013


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