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New Event: Overnight Kayak & Camp - Circumnavigate Durant Island, NC

From: Matt
Sent on: Monday, October 22, 2007 2:00 PM
Announcing a new event for Tidewater Hampton Roads Camping & Outdoor Adventures!

What: Overnight Kayak & Camp - Circumnavigate Durant Island, NC

When: Saturday, November 10, 7:00 AM

Event fee: USD3.00 1st timers only

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Event Description:
Fellow Tidewater Hampton Roads Camping & Outdoor Adventures member has suggested a trip to Durant Island that seems to be a hit, judging by the responses on the message board. This beautiful island, just twenty minutes from the main beaches of Nags Head, is a true local secret. The specific paddling route will be posted here within a few days. The plan is to put in on Saturday, paddle over, explore and set up camp. The next day we'll break camp, paddle and explore, and paddle back to the put-in point. Total paddling distance is 14 to 18 miles (depending on the route we take).

You won?t find it in any but local's guidebooks, and most people don't even know that it is there at all. It?s a relatively low island with some higher areas on the north side. It has been privately owned since April 18, 1890, when the board of education deeded the island to John E Reyburn, who became the US Representative from Pennsylvania that year. Once, a politician nearly destroyed this beautiful island into a "par one" course beach resort! Glad that deal fell apart!

Since then, the island has always been owned and used only by congressman, representatives, attorney generals, and their friends and family, and is currently owned by the HARRY MCMULLAN JR ESTATE and "Durant Island, LLC", under the direction of the city attorney for Rocky Mount, NC.
Alternate paddling route

At another time, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also once used part of the island to house the red wolf. The experiment did not work: All the wolves left and swam to the mainland, where they still exist today. There are some old fish camp cottages on the northeast shore built in 1900 and updated in the recent past, which are used during different times of the year by the owners and friends.

The fishing is pretty good in summer and fall, especially during rockfish season. (If you?ve never had rockfish, also called striped bass, you are surely missing something great. It has a mild flavor that reminds me of lobster.)

There is an old shipwreck just west of Haulover Point. This would be a good place to fish, snorkel, or even scuba dive sometime. It?s very shallow, only a few feet. If swimming or fishing is not for you, there are plenty of peaceful paddling areas to find. As you paddle on the west side, keep an eye out for the resident bald eagles. A pair of them nests just across the Alligator River and they are fairly easy to spot flying and hunting.

***This trip is limited to those members whose skill level is at least Advanced Beginner or better, ie; those who have been on longer trips (up to 10 miles, full day outings), have some experience with varying conditions such as winds, and waves. Good rescue and group-paddling skills are a bonus. You must also have your own camping gear, food, water, stove (if desired), bug repellant, hat, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Trip leaders are ?hosts?, not professional guides. They are not necessarily trained in first aid nor CPR, and do not always carry first aid equipment nor safety devices for your use.

You, and you alone, are responsible for your personal safety!

While on the water, all paddlers should wear PFDs, spray skirts, and clothes appropriate to the water temperature. Boats must have watertight bulkheads or flotation to prevent the kayak from swamping when capsized. All paddlers should have, and know how to use, a pump and paddle float. On the day of the trip, leaders may refuse to admit participants if they feel that the safety of any paticipant may be endangered, so if you are not sure, discuss it with the leader in advance!

For the safety of the group as a whole, trip participants must agree to abide by these guidelines and follow instructions of the trip leader.For more about our skill ratings, see "About this group".

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