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Let's kayak camp Cumberland Island

 

 

This one your gonna love. I have a reservation for 10 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 Thursday October[masked] I will get there early so I can get the permit and orientation and site for Cumberland.

On Friday we’ll set out on the falling tide which is 8:21 AM on the Crooked River and head to Plum Orchard where we will depending on has fast we made our journey down Crooked River and if time permits go on to the island to see Plum Orchard Mansion Built in 1898, Plum Orchard is an 20,000 square foot, Georgian Revival mansion. Built by Lucy Carnegie for her son, George and his wife, Margaret Thaw. Unfortunately there is no tour on the day we will be there.

 I am 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 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. Sun sets at like 5:30 this day.

Saturday the 2nd we will set out at about 8:30 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 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 3:00 PM we need to be headed back south to the Brickhill River on the rising tide.

On Sunday afternoon we have a 2:40 PM low at Cumberland Sound entrance and can start to head out south on Brickhill and back to Plum Orchard and make our way back up the Crooked to the state park to our cars and home we go or maybe a little celebratory dinner some where there. Time From Brickhill to Crooked River State Park is about 4 hours that’s like 7 ish we will paddle the last of the river in twilight and dark.

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 (need to know what an intermediate paddler is check this chart from Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers http://www.clubkayak.com/tbsk/upload/2010/skills.jpg level 3) and a Kayak camper 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. 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. 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.

This is exploratory I have never been here, 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 http://www.gastateparks.org/CrookedRiver the top of the page “make Reservations” or here http://gastateparks.reserveamerica.com/campsiteFilterAction.do?contractCode=GA&parkId=530149&sitefilter=Campsite%20Electric for October 31 its 28.00 dollars parking over two nights is 10.35 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 https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=&q=6222+Charlie+Smith+Sr.+Highway++St.+Marys+,+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!

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  • diane

    or whenever......ill go

    October 31, 2013

  • diane

    thanks Donald due to family issues I backed out ill be more than happy to go in dec....

    October 31, 2013

  • Donald

    Sorry I have canceled this trip due to the high probabilty of thunder storms I will reschedule for I am thinking December I need to look at the tide charts and plan accordingly see ya soon

    October 30, 2013

    • Elizabeth P

      Better to be safe than sorry. And this means I will be back in Florida to go!!!

      October 31, 2013

  • Howard

    Don...thanks for working so hard to set this thing up... maybe in the Spring???

    October 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Donald and Guys, the rainy days are not what I wanted to camp/paddle through. So, I'm backing out of this trip...

    October 30, 2013

  • Howard

    Sorry folks, with potentially tough weather to paddle in and coming from Pinellas County, just too far for the risk so I am going to bid adieu to you all and hopefully do this again some time...

    October 29, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Donald, I hope ya do this again...would love to go but have other commitments

    October 19, 2013

  • Howard

    Jenny, just looked and seems like they are really large sites so I would be willing to split your cost and share the site. Also...live in St Pete so hopefully looking for someone to share the ride up there with...

    October 14, 2013

  • Jenny

    I made a reservation for Oct 31st and can share if anyone wants.

    October 5, 2013

  • diane

    for Christ sake even the website is closed down(cuz this is a national park)!!!!

    October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My craft is a Tsunami 125 - she's a 12'5 light touring kayak, and I've crossed the Cumberland Sound with her, so know she will perform well on this trip! I also have a complete extra set of backpacking gear if anyone has equipment needs!

    1 · October 2, 2013

  • Ann F.

    I admit when I signed up I had not read the details and just quickly saw it from my phone. Yep, I am not ready for a trip like this and don't have the gear I should...missing the right kayak and I don't have the right camping gear for a camping/kayak combo so will plan to catch one when I'm more prepared...Oct. 31 is too soon for me to be ready. I've wanted to go to Cumberland Island for years...since JFK Jr. got married there.

    October 1, 2013

  • Howard

    Ok, read your qualifications... don't have a 16' kayak but a 14'6" light touring kayak with bulkheads, a skirt and rudder... did 20 miles in one day into the Chaz a few weeks ago... a month ago took the kayak on Lake McDonald in Glacier and Yellowstone Lake as well on to Snake River... done plenty of backpacking too... have the necessary gear for the overnight. Even a new GPS... have the water filter too. Says this is full but looks like you are screening... good ... I will make the reservations if there is room...

    October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Donald, Great! I'll bring my water filter, along with maritime GPS. Crooked River Camping: Our group stayed at one of the Pioneer Sites (there are 3 of these sites) It was very nice and rustic, with an Andirondak shelter. Cost is $35, and good for 25 people. So, that's a great way to go to cover the camping for the whole group and split the cost (the savings goes towards our parking!). http://gastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/map_of_Crooked_River_State_Park/r/campgroundMap.do?page=map&search=site&contractCode=GA&parkId=530149&topTabIndex=CampingSpot Right now, all Pioneer sites are available...shall we book one?

    Finally, I'm in Jax, so this a very local trip for me!

    October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stayed at Crooked River and backpacked Cumberland Island this Feb, and it was FANTASTIC! Also, kayaked across Cumberland Sound...Yes, the current is very strong. Have wanted to kayak from the campground out to the Island and camp!

    September 30, 2013

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