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We are sorry for the short notice.  We have spoken to several local Meherrin River residents.  They are telling us that we need to wait till late April for the water levels to be navigable in the river for the north fork.  We will reschedule then.  


This Saturday WE WILL STILL PADDLE.  We are going to meet at Saffold Rd. (Rte. 635) to Whittle's Mill (Rte 636/ Bridge Rd).  Meeting at 10:30 am to drop off boats and shuttle to Whittle's Mill and launch around 11:00 am.  

Dress warm, Layers are the best and stay away from cotton.  Bring your sunscreen.

See you there!
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Posted by on in UR Loons Paddlers

Ok so this one day of warm weather has got me pumped to paddle and enjoy the water.  Hope you all are ready as well.  Scott and I have added some of the events to our calender of events and we have added some to our facebook page.  I have also emailed everyone the schedule for 2013 it is also pasted below.  If you are not on our email list please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can stay in contact about our events. 

We have some great events planned as well as some amazing things happening throughout the region for our blueway trails.  If you have not checked out our Trails Wiki, you need to.  Scott and several others have worked really hard to get a good start on this project.  We hope you can help us build our trails wiki and our blog.  Please tell us some of your favorite places to paddle.

We enjoy hearing from you.  Have a great day.

 

Get Out Now!

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Hello All,

I hope everyone has had a great winter.  I know my winter has been filled with family and friends.  I have not been as active on here as I wish, I apologize for that.  I will try again to post about all my outings whether on land or by sea.

This post is about Scott and I going for a mid winter paddle.  We did a nice trip on Saturday January 19, 2013.  We decided on going from Hyco River to Aaron's Creek.  Kerr's water levels has been low for the past few months, we dicovered after the nearly 5 inches of rain that Kerr has water again.  The Dan River between Hyco and Aaron's Creek was flowing so fast we just help on and let it rip.

The Hyco River is a great paddle with many fun islands to paddle around, although on this trip we paddled over the islands.  You will see that in the pictures below (or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Upper-Reach/120866234666406?fref=ts).  While going towards the Dan River we saw a Banded Water Snake.  It is highly unlikely to see a snake in this weather but due to the flood stage of the rivers we are sure it got kicked out of its hibernation home.  We also saw plenty of Turkey Buzzards.

Scott and I tried to paddle up the Dan and around Hyco Island but were unable to cause of the current.  The current was so strong you could hear it whimping by us.  So we decided to turn around a cruise down to Aaron's Creek.  Aaron's Creek was about 1.5 miles away but came up real fast because of the flow.  We skipped over to the mouth of Aaron's Creek and were greeted by some great rock formations and calmer water.  The take out was about 1.5 miles from the mouth.  The total trip was right around 5 miles.  You can view the maps in the trail wiki.

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