|(B.Everett) Jordan Lake, return to NC 751 area, November 19, 2011
Lake - Return to Hwy. NC 751 area
November 19, 2011
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Parking beside Hwy. 751: N 35°49'28.81" W 78°57'53.76"
Kayak put-in location: N 35°49'31.31" W 78°57'58.93"
Just south of the bridge on 751 there is graveled parking
on either side of the road. Park here and take the path on the
west side of the road. Walk 1/10 mile to the beach launch point.
General Destination point: N 35°49'49.16" W 78°57'27.65"
- Marsh area east of bridge on Hwy. 751
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B. Everett Jordan Lake is located in the northeastern
corner of Chatham County, North Carolina. Access to this
part of the expansive manmade lake is easy via NC 751 or Farrington
Point Road from highway US 64 west of Apex, NC. Other ways to
reach it are on NC 751 from I-40 south of Durham, NC, and from
Chapel Hill, NC via Mount Carmel Church Road off US 501 at the
intersection of NC 54, NC 86 and US 501. Mt. Carmel Church Road
turns into Farrington Point Road which intersects US 64. (Note
that there is a village close-by spelled "Fearrington" Village,
but the road and boating access is spelled "Farrington". Don't
let that cause confusion when mapping or planning.)
This paddle has been awhile coming. Since the report of our
first trip to this marshy area on July 16, 2011 (four months
ago), the lake water level has been as much as three feet lower
than in that report. It left the area high and dry. This trip
was finally possible because the water level recently rose to
1.3 feet higher than on that previous trip, once again giving
us access, but to even more area.
It was just after lunch when we arrived, with sunny skies and
50-52 degrees and virtually no wind - simply perfect for kayaking
this time of year. Getting the kayaks to the water was almost
easier than previously, because I'd purchased a kayak dollie
as I promised myself after that last trip. The problem came
in the fact that the park service had once again bulldozed or
plowed the wide path to the launch point, but had left it a
muddy mess about half way along. We had to pull the dollie through
the vines and brush to get around the mudholes. Other than this
difficulty, the trip was a breeze.
The water was cloudy from the rains that had been filling the
lake, which was to be expected. There was a bit less bird life
to be found though, which surely had to do with the time of
day and the season. Plenty of Cormorants were around, and were
the only things I got photos of. We saw several Great Blue Herons,
but not one Great Egret, though they had been plentiful during
the summer. I had expected to see more ducks, but only managed
to flush up a half dozen as I explored a short side creek. Other
than that, there were only a few gulls.
We saw one canoer off in the distance, and came upon one duck
hunter setting out decoys from his "mudder" boat. We had heard
and seen it coming, noting the distinctly different motor sound
the "mudder" engine made. I'd heard of this type of motor but
had never seen one or heard one in use. We later heard a few
shots in the distance from where the hunter had been setting
up, so we could only assume he had managed to call in a few
As we explored the various water routes the high water afforded
us, we saw at one point a continuous flashing of what looked
like white wings off among the trees. I could also see another
set intermittently flashing white. I had never before seen any
such display of continuous wing flapping before, and decided
to investigate. Since we'd not seen any white birds at all,
I hoped for an opportunity for more photos. We picked our way
around logs, debris and limbs to paddle closer to the flashing
white, trying to make out what sort of birds these could be.
Eventually we got a clearer view, and realized we must have
found a back channel leading back to the open area where the
duck hunter had set up. We could see the decoys, and what appeared
to be a "whirlygig" sort of device with white spinning wings
flashing brilliantly in the sunshine. Another one of these was
operating intermittently. So, the mystery of the continuous
wing flapping display was solved. As I'm not a duck hunter,
I'd not heard of any such "decoy" device as this. I have to
admit, it catches the eye, even through thick woods where you
can see nothing but the flashes from the sun, particularly when
you happen to be at the exact angle to catch the full glare
of the sun off the white "wings".
We continued our exploration of the area, covering much more
than we'd been able to on the previous trip, but all in all
found few birds. All I came back with were some shots of Cormorants,
a couple of which were cooperative enough to let me come fairly
close. In one instance he let me drift so close that he wouldn't
all fit in the frame before he finally flew off.
All in all it was a pleasant paddle - very quiet and devoid
of motorized boats other than the one "mudder" we encountered.
With the trees virtually empty of their leaves, it was a bit
stark. The very pleasant weather helped keep the mood from being
gloomy though. Finding more birds would have made it even better.
"If you're not paddling, you're not getting
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