Jan 28th 2006
In kayaking there are three basic ingredients, a kayak, a paddle, and what's that third one, oh yeah water. Well today was another one of those day's, I had the kayaks, I had the paddles, and I even had Kay with me, add to that I had gorgeous weather especially for January.
Kay and I headed out to Smiths Creek to enjoy the ~60 degree weather, and sunny sky's, we had the kayaks and the paddles and were heading to the water, but when we got to Smiths Creek, we found the we had no water. Not wanting to paddle through the mud, we opted for Indian Creek road, only to find not really enough water there to paddle either. Both these spots were the lowest I had ever seen them, so hoping that maybe the North Landing River was less effected, we headed off in search of enough water to float a kayak.
Well North Landing River at Pungo Ferry Road, was a little better, but not enough to make it worth the hassle. So off to Asheville Bridge Creek, and you guessed it no water, actually the water level was so low there you could walk across the creek and not get your feet wet. I have seen it close to the level, but not that low.
The problem comes from the fact that all the water ways in Southern Virginia Beach feed into the Albermarle Sound, and are subject to wind driven tides. These wind tides are not cyclical like lunar tides, but random and subject to the prevailing wind conditions of the previous couple of days. Winds out of the North drive the water to the South, and lower the levels in the North. This last week we have had consistent North winds of 20 mph through Thursday, and I had hoped there had been enough time for the water to level out.
I did have a good afternoon with Kay, and we did check out a few potential launch sites, and I did take a few picture to illustrate the low water levels, which by my estimate were about 18 too 24 inches from normal.
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