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This fall season is one for the record books. Over the past several weeks, the water level in the river has been low. The slow moving current has allowed the water to settle, making it resemble that of a lake. The exposed banks now show many small sand bars that usually are not visible. Most of the leaves have fallen, covering the ground like a thick brown carpet. I do not remember a Fall season on our river any prettier than the one we are now experiencing.
The continued low water level has allowed many of the swamps to dry, allowing us to hike in places not normally possible. Now, there are interesting sites we can visit wearing short boots that would normally require hip waders. The fishing continues to be good, and the squirrel hunting is awesome.
This is a very busy time of year for most people. However, if you would like to visit the Lower Roanoke during this extraordinary time, give me a call. This "window of opportunity" will not last forever.
*Canoeing* *Kayaking* *Camping* *Sightseeing*
on the lower Roanoke River and adjoining waters
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Spring is approaching, but the dangers of cold water are still present!
* Even more reason to wear a pfd.
* Make sure sleeping bag and dry
clothes are in a waterproof bag
and tethered to vessel. A dry
sleeping bag can be a life saver
for a wet and frigid paddler.
* Consider carrying YOUR dry
clothes in your partner's vessel.
* Don't bring small children until
the water is warmer.
* Don't hesitate to call the Captain
for help, if someone in your party
gets wet and shows the slightest
sign of hypothermia.
The River Called
The river called, or so I thought.
So, I paddled that beautiful stream.
My companions and I , the whole day sought,
The peace, the quiet, the birds, and the bream.
But the gift I will keep, from the river that day,
Is the love of my life, and the friends I have made.
(Written by paddler Fred Toms, following his participation in the 2011 Roanoke River Partners Paddle Days Event.)
Much of the fun and adventure taking place on the lower Roanoke River, would not be possible if not for the efforts of and the cooperation of landowners such as