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Sunday,  November 20th we will be paddling on the Waccamaw River from Wortham’s Ferry Landing to Big Savannah Bluff Landing a distance of approximately 14.5 miles. Plan to meet at the intersection of 905 and Red Bluff Rd across from the Sun House gas station at 8:00 AM. From there we will proceed to Big Savannah Bluff to drop cars for the return paddle.

Directions: Take route 31 (Carolina Bays Parkway) to route 22 heading towards Conway (Conway Bypass) to 905N to Red Bluff Rd. Park across from the Sun House Petroleum service station.

Bring water, snacks, bug spray whistle and PDF.

Kayaks of 14 feet or longer are required for this trip.

See you on the water.

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This Wednesday October 12th-16th will be our four day trip to Lake Lure, NC, a town in Rutherford County, NC. In 2010 the town population was 1,192. Lake Lure was incorporated in 1927, and acquired the lake after which it is named in 1965.

The lake area has been used several times as a filming location, beginning with Thunder Road (1968). Other movies that include scenes filmed in or near Lake Lure are:

A Breed Apart (1984), Firestarter (1984), Dirty Dancing (1987),

and My Fellow Americans (1996). Scenes in the film The Last of the Mohicans (1992),

including the final 17 minutes, were filmed at nearby Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Gorge.

Also the new film ‘Careful What You Wish For’ starring Nick Jonas.

Driving Directions to Lake Lure: Get on I-95 S in Florence County from US-501 N, US-76 W and State Rd S-21-24.
Follow I-20 W and I-26 W to NC-108 E in Columbus.
Take exit 163 from US-74 E.
Follow NC-108 E, NC-9 N and Buffalo Shoals Rd to Hummingbird Cove in Lake Lure.
An alternate route may be necessary due to flooding from hurricane Matthew.

Bring water, snacks, bug spray whistle and PDF.

Kayaks of 14 feet or longer are required for this trip.

See you at the lake.

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Long Bay Paddlers are kayaking the beautiful Lumber River this Saturday, September 10th.

We’ll meet at the Rice Field Cove Landing access off US 76 near Nichols, SC, at 8 a.m. and then shuttle up (10 mile drive) to the launch at the Fair Bluff access on NC 904.

This is a 16.4 mile down river trip and is an Intermediate Paddle.

Minimum 14 foot closed deck kayaks are recommended. PFDs are required to be worn. Bring a whistle, snacks/lunch, sun screen, bug spray, etc.

To get to the Rice Field Cove Landing take Hwy 9 until it meets Hwy. 76. Once on 76 drive only about 1,000 feet and turn left on Downing Creek Dr. (before the bridge) and then almost immediately bear right on River Rd. The landing is at the end of the road. 3395 River Rd, Nichols, SC 29581.

The address for the Fair Bluff access is 1175 Main St. Fair Bluff, NC 28439

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On Sunday, August 14, the Long Bay Paddlers will be paddling on the Waccamaw River from the Pireway landing (9700 River Gate Dr NW, Ash, NC) to the Worthams Ferry Landing (off Hwy. 57 in Little RIver, SC). They’ll meet at 8 a.m. in the Bojangles parking lot in the intersection of Hwy. 9 and Hwy. 57 in Little River to transfer kayaks on vehicles. At 8:15 a.m. they’ll depart to go drop some cars off at Worthams Ferry before proceeding to the Pireway landing launch site.
This is approx. a beautiful 12 mile paddle. Kayaks with a minimum length of 14′ are recommended. Make sure you bring your PFD (must be worn), water, snack, whistle, bug spray, etc.
If this trip needs to be altered due to weather an update will be posted at https://www.facebook.com/groups/longbaypaddlers/

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The Punch Bowl Paddle is a beautiful paddle through a cypress forest and the tree house in the middle of swamp area. This trip we will put in at Punchbowl Landing and kayak down to Yauhannah Bridge and Hwy. 701. It’s about a 12 mile paddle down river and low tide at the bridge is 2 p.m. There is a landing about half way that we will take a break. Be sure to bring a lot of water and a spray cannon or anything that will help keep you cool. Also remember everyone MUST wear a PFD, have a whistle and I advise a spray skirt. This is not a difficult paddle and 14 ft kayaks are recommended.

I would like to get started early due to heat. So let’s meet at 8 a.m. at Punchbowl. Contact Ursula Barnes Witherspoon at UWitherspoon@cityofmyrtlebeach.com if you need directions to Punch Bowl (Punch Bowl Rd, Conway, SC 29527), it’s easy.

Right now I am planning to leave my car at the Yauhannah Bridge. I would like everyone who is planning to go to RSVP so we can coordinate the shuttling and we can get on the river before 9 a.m.

 

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This Sundays paddle we will return to Wambaw Creek. This will be an out and back paddle from the put in point as far as the creek provides open water. The distance of this trip depends on unobstructed navigable water. Plan to meet at 9am in Georgetown at the Food Lion parking lot just south of the Sampit River bridge. We will then proceed to the put in on the fire road in the Francis Marion Forest.

Bring water, a snack, sun screen, bug spray and your PFD. Watch out for the alligators.
See you Sunday!

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There are two options for the Black River paddle which will depend on the wind on Sunday. If it’s calm we’ll put in at Peter’s creek and paddle down to Georgetown through the harbor this paddle is about 17 miles.  If its windy we’ll go up river to Brown’s Ferry and paddle to Peter’s Creek or we can paddle to 701 bridge for a few more miles.  High tide in the area is around 10 or 1030 depending where we put in.

 

Safety, if we go down to Georgetown EVERYONE Must have a spray Skirt.  And as always a whistle and PFD.

 

 

text me (843-385-7655) for questions.

 

Wear your favorite Paddy day attire

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