Kayaking and Canoeing in the Impoundment

We went kayaking in the Dewees impoundment last night a little before sunset.  The light was terrific.  Judy composed photos of Woodstorks, Egrets and Spoonbills.  We even happened to get really, really close to a Bittern.  I’m hoping that photo comes out!

Perhaps the most unexpected thing was the large number of fish we startled in the areas with heavy duck weed and widgeon grass. The fish made big wakes in the water as they scurried to a new hiding place.  I called a few of them “skipping-rock” fish.  They would jump out of the water 6 or 7 times in rapid succession, just as if I’d skimmed a flat rock off the top of the water.

When you visit Dewees, you can use the canoes in the shelter near the crabbing dock on Dewees Inlet Drive.  Be sure to wear a life jacket.  Remember also that there are alligators in the impoundment.  They probably are more scared of you than you are of them.  Nonetheless, be respectful and don’t take silly risks.

Also, remember that the birds are feeding and resting.  Give them some room.

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