Crowded Kayaking - Ashville Bridge Creek - Back Bay - Horn Point




Looked at the weather, and there was a potential for thunder storms after 1PM, so I got out sort of early. Launched the kayak at Lotus Pond Park to do a trip on Ashville Bridge Creek, when I arrived there was a load of people there on a day tour (more about that later), had to put the kayak in from the high bank by the bridge.

As usual I headed the kayak South with a goal to make Horn Point and back before noon. The first thing I came across was the lotus patch (I guess Thats what you call it), and saw that the lotus plants have already started growing, they had leaves about the size of a pancake, and it appears that they are covering more of the creek. All the trees and reeds are starting to green up nicely, and many of the birds have started to return, the red wing blackbirds seemed to be the predominant species, with very few waterfowl. The turtles were out sunning as best they could on a cloudy day, but I did notice a few turtle hatchlings in the reeds.

Made it onto Back Bay, the wind out of the South was causing a small wind swell, but not that bad. I got to Horn Point and the water was high enough to paddle up the channel behind the new Back Bay NWR facility, which I understand to be a facility to provide on the water access for kayak's and canoes to Back Bay. The facility looks like it could open at anytime. The channel appears to have been the launching facility for the old hunt club that once occupied the site, and burned to the water quite a few years back. There are some remnants of the old docks and what appears to be a hoist.

Usually on my kayak trips, I pick up whatever trash I see, and sometimes it seems weirder then normal, last week was the china bowl, and this week was a basketball, a shoe, a duck decoy, 3 beer cans and a soda can.

So now the rant...
Ashville Bridge creek is not that big of a creek, and I have become really attached to it, it is about the closest place to my house to put a kayak in the water. Today as I said above there were a lot of people at the launch site, and a lot of kayaks (18 to be exact) on the ground ready to launch, and at this point I wasn't sure if they had planned on launching all 18. I am not a kayak snob, tree hugger, or anything like that, but I think 18 kayaks and about 20 people is a little much for a waterway that small. Hey WROTC try and show little more respect to the waterways that provide your income, and maybe limit your tours to a reasonable number, like maybe 10.

By the way, save the $45, I'll show you around Asheville Bridge Creek for free....



Date Launch Site Distance Photos
04/22/2006 Lotus Garden Park, Virginia Beach 5.70 33
Lotus beginning to emerge (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lotus beginning to emerge from the water Ashville Bridge Creek


Pancake sized lotus leaf (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Pancake sized lotus leaf


Lotus beginning to emerge (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lotus beginning to emerge from the water of Ashville Bridge Creek


Turtles sunning (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Turtles sunning on ashville bridge creek


Turtles sunning (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Turtles sunning on Ashville bridge creek


Cypress trees on Ashville Bridge Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Cypress trees on Ashville Bridge Creek, I like these trees, and probably take to many pictures of them


Small boat in the reeds (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Small boat in the reeds on Ashville Bridge Creek


Spent seed pods (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Spent seed pods with nasty clouds in the background


Spent seed pods (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Spent seed pods with nasty clouds in the background


Spent seed pods (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Spent seed pods with nasty clouds in the background


Spent seed pods (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Spent seed pods with nasty clouds in the background


Spent seed pods (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Spent seed pods with nasty clouds in the background


Small Flowers (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Small Flowers emerging from Ashville Bridge Creek


Ashville Bridge Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Ashville Bridge Creek


Turtle sunning (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Turtle sunning


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Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse
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Small yellow flowers (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Small yellow flowers


Small yellow flowers (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Small yellow flowers


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Net floats along the shore of Back Bay


Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Back Bay NWR, dock and derrick remanants


Back Bay NWR (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Back Bay NWR, dock and derrick remanants


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Small channel behind new Back Bay NWR facility at Horn Point


Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse
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Remnants of old hunt club docks (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Remnants of old hunt club docks on North Back Bay Virginia


Remnants of old hunt club docks (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Remnants of old hunt club docks on North Back Bay Virginia


Remnants of old hunt club docks (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Remnants of old hunt club docks on North Back Bay Virginia


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Not a really good picture, I guess it would be better it there weren't so many people blocking the creek


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Crowd of kayakers on ashville bridge creek


Goose on a post (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Goose on a post


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lotus pond kayak launch (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lotus Pond kayak Launch


Trash found kayaking (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Trash found on Ashville Bridge Creek while kayaking, Virginia Beach




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