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Cool Waters

Schools out..summer is here. June has been a nice, temperate month thus far. Water temps are on the rise, but currently the temperature is ideal for swimming. A month from now many waterways will feel more like bath water. For those in the know, and willing to travel a little bit, cool waters await just outside of Wilmington. The Black River, (rightfully named due to the dark hue of the water) provides cool temps all summer long. A canopy of Bald Cypress, hardwoods, and pine trees line the banks, providing ample shade for paddlers. This combination results in an oasis from the dog days of summer.  Water quality is good along the Black. The color of the water is the result of decaying vegetation that leeches tannins into the water. Because of the water color, it can be challenging to spot wildlife in the river itself. However if you are observant, you can spot fish such as the prehistoric looking sturgeon, as well as the elusive river otter. Along the banks and in the trees, I have observed barred owl, ibis, and wild turkey.  And then there are the Bald Cypress. These ancient and mysterious trees line the banks of the Black in large numbers. The younger ones might average two hundred plus years, while the oldest are estimated to be upwards of 1500 years.  So when the temps are on the rise, and the beaches are packed, make your escape to the peace, solitude and cool, dark waters of the Black. 

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Here we are at the end of June, and we have been having a nice break from the typical heat and humidity of a Southeastern, NC summer. While guiding a group through the Zeke's Island Preserve, I w...

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Scott Schmolesky has been kayaking for over 20 years and has been an instructor the last ten. Most recently he started the outfitter and guide service, The Expedition Organization which offers guided kayak programs in Southeastern, North Carolina. His paddling adventures have taken him through Australia, Europe, and throughout the U.S. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can read more of his articles here.

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