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Resplendent Rhodes Pond Sunset Paddle

 

Rhodes Mill Pond encompasses ~460 acres of tea-colored water filled with bright lilies, beavers, and enormous grove of beautiful huge cypress trees. . . Black River is the heart of Rhodes Pond, feeding it continually with both wildlife and a variety of fish native to the river. . . . .  Built in the 1700's by a damn crossing the Black River, Rhodes Pond served as a gristmill & sawmill, which became a hub for settlement. It has also been the site of a cotton gin, turpentine distillery, post office, tourist court, gas station, fish camp, and restaurant. . . . Today it is a favorite spot for fishing, canoeing, photography, and sunsets.  There has recently been a new fishing pier, & boat ramp with a floating dock added. . . . . Mosquitto repellent highly recommended as the little biters sometimes come out after dark if there is no breeze. PFD & whistle required.

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  • Ron Eugene W.

    Solo Paddled Rhodes again June 20 & water is at least two feet below normal. Wildlife Officer checked me for PFD, whistle & fishing license. Very courteous. He told me a large tree is stuck in sluice gate at spillway dam from recent storm & they do not know when they will be able to extract it, so Rhodes Pond my be virtually dry in a few more days, except for the river channel.

    June 22, 2013

  • Ron Eugene W.

    Best Ever

    June 22, 2013

  • Laura

    We had your back Sophie...waaay back there someplace. We definitely knew which way NOT to go, LOL! (did you notice the guys were trailing behind?) Thanks for warning us and everyone else within 20 miles :). Wonder if Ron's crock shoe is now part of a beaver dam?

    June 13, 2013

  • Sophie

    I know Eric got a kick out of that one and I see you didn't follow me...none of you did

    June 13, 2013

  • Sophie

    Yea the paddle was great and I have never screamed so loud in my life!

    June 13, 2013

  • Sophie

    BEST paddle ever at Rhodes...we went way back and followed the Black forever till we came to a huge beaver dam...HUGE, Ron pulled his yak over the broken dam (talk about rapids on Rhodes Pond!!) It was just splendid...we didn't even have to hardly paddle back...just rode the rapids. Unbelievable...and we saw big swamp monsters and felt them under our boats, owls, bull frogs, a really cool mushroom growing at the top of a dead tree full of woodpecker holes, just a great time. So good to see Ron!! Been missing you Ron. So glad to see Eric and Laura...it's been way too long. I love paddling w/you guys. I brought a friend who had a great time tonight and will be back. It was her first kayak trip and white water trip!! Thanks for joining me...oh and the sunset was out of this world! Perfect night!!

    2 · June 12, 2013

    • Jean T.

      waaahhhhh! I should have gone!

      June 13, 2013

    • Eric H.

      Ha! Yeah the "Rhodes Pond Yeti" went after Sophie! And she was yelled at by a bullfrog! And rapids on Rhodes Pond - never though I'd see that!

      1 · June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Damn!! Gotta get photos of things like that!! I will notify members of the photo group.

    June 13, 2013

  • Laura

    Awesome! Great company and surprising adventures!

    June 12, 2013

  • Eric H.

    Ok, all my PFDs are in storage while I'm moving. Can't go unless someone has an extra - anyone have an extra???

    June 11, 2013

    • Eric H.

      Awesome! I should be there by 5:00 at the latest (leaving at 3:50 and should actually be there by 4:35ish). If you guys are already out could you leave it under your car or something? Behind a tire? If someone steals it I'll pay for it!

      June 12, 2013

    • Laura

      Will leave on top of black ford escape .. It's an old spare one

      June 12, 2013

  • Jean T.

    Hey Sophie and Ron, I won't get there until closer to 5:30 so will one of you have your cell phone with you? Can you call me and let me know where on the pond I can find you, around 5:30?[masked]

    June 11, 2013

    • Sophie

      I'm bringing a friend so were gonna head out right at 5:00 cuz we'll have to leave earlier than you...but we'll be on the same course we always are on...back through the knees and trees!!

      June 11, 2013

    • Sophie

      You can call my cell if you'd like...you should have my number but if not let me know

      June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I do not have a kayak available for tomorrow. Is there anywhere close by to rent one?

    June 11, 2013

  • Eric H.

    I get off work at 4:00, and Rhodes is 50 minutes from me. I'll be there!

    Hey Ron I was right next to you on Six Forks a few weekends ago. Looked like you were headed to Falls lake, with kayak on the roof! I'm moving out to Falls in a few weeks!

    June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Original plans did not change; I will be there if I can get a ride.

    June 11, 2013

  • Ron Eugene W.

    i'm sooo sore from my most exciting whitewater kayak trip ever (to date) on flood stage Haw River yesterday that i'm just taking my very first kayak in my life (13.4ft SOT aquaterra 'swing' kayak), because it is already ontop of car ;<) .

    June 10, 2013

    • Jean T.

      you're an animal Ron!!!

      1 · June 10, 2013

    • Ron Eugene W.

      Just a Lone Wolf ;<) . . . No, make that an Old Wulff

      June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    MIGHT have a change of plans. My b-i-l is here working on his new house; he might be going back to NY on Wed AM. If he does, I will go with him to take care of some personal business and get a rental to come back later. Will keep you updated.

    June 10, 2013

  • Sophie

    Well i just added it to the addresses in meetup...

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • Ron Eugene W.

    7612 Rhodes Pond Rd Dunn, NC 28334 Works better in many car GPS units & will put you right across road from Rhodes Pond meetup launch

    June 10, 2013

  • Ron Eugene W.

    Well i'm not miss'n this meetup unless lightening striking.....

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I can get a ride; don't trust my car that far

    June 9, 2013

  • Jean T.

    I'll be there!!! May be closer to 5:30 so can I call you when I arrive and you can zero me into your exact location on the pond ?

    June 9, 2013

  • Laura

    Think I can get off work in time for this paddle --- will be good to see ya'all !!

    June 9, 2013

  • Sophie

    I'm bringing my tiny boat so I can go exploring way way back where Ron always goes; however, I hope Ron goes so I won't get lost!!

    June 9, 2013

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  • Sophie +1
    2015 Simply Kayaking***Support, Amazing Paddle Rat Squad Member,
    Event Host
  • Ron Eugene W.
    CaptRon 2016, 15, 14 Simply Kayaking Supporter,Paddle Rat Member, Co-Organizer

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