First Day of Fall - Smiths Creek - Northwest River




Well Summer is officially over, today was the first full day of fall, and I cannot think of a better way to welcome in fall that a nice long trip on the Northwest River. I meet up with Brian at the Baum road launch for what was planned to be about a 9 mile paddle, that ended up being a 12 mile trip. The creek is still pretty scummy, I think there is scum on the scum.

The wind was much stronger then the predicted 10 to 15, actually 28 gusting to 33, which changes the complexion of a trip, at least it was constant and did not shift into our faces for the return.

I have not spent much time on the western end of the Northwest river, and I will be remedying that in the near future.

Overall it was a pleasant trip, just to much wind.

Date Launch Site Distance Photos
09/23/2006 Baum Road Small Boat Launch 12.00 18
Baum Road launch site (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Baum Road Small Boat Launch, the gate on the right


Baum Road launch site (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
This is the parking lot entrance for the Baum Road Launch.


Flowers (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Some flowers growing along the side of the road.


Flowers (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
These flowers were along the road, and it appears that they have a light on in the middle


Smiths Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Smiths Creek, the trees are just about ready to change, I think a couple of cool nights will set them off


Northwest River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Northwest River West of the highway 168


Northwest River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Northwest River


 (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Behind the gas station at 168 and Battlefield


Northwest River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
More of the Northwest river


Northwest River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Northwest River


Northwest River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Looking East on the Northwest River


Bridges of the Northwest River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Highway 168 and an old railroad bridge over the Northwest River


Railroad bridge of the Northwest River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Railroad bridge over the Northwest River


Bridge over the Northwest River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The railroad bridge was built in 1909


Launch facility (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Bobs Bait and Tackle, going to check out adding this as a launchsite


Launch facility (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Bobs looks like it has some potential as a launch, concrete or grass... I hate concrete launches...


Aerial Map view of trip on 9/23/06 (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Aerial view of trip on 9/23/06


Topographic view of trip on 9/23/06 (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Topographic view of trip on 9/23/06




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