|My Rating System
I thought a simple rating system might be useful as a quick overview of a location. I'm sure I'll refine this concept as I go along. Presently these are the rating categories I'm using, with each having a scale of 1-5, with 1 being NOT good, to 5 being very good.
Scenic Quality, Wildlife, Water Quality, Quietude, Boating Traffic
Explanation of each rated attribute:
The highest possible score is 25, lowest possible score is 5. Above 15 is "above average". A score of 18 or higher would be a very nice spot indeed. The "Wildlife" score will pull nearly all locations down, so a location scoring perfect (5) on everything but having practically no wildlife will only score a 21. Use the scores for the qualities that are important to you and just ignore the others. All this is of course subject to adjustment as I fine tune it.
- Scenic Quality - Amount of interesting local natural scenery (imposing mountain cliffs, cool waterfalls, trees, etc. will get high scores, while too many buildings, docks, marinas, logged out trees and non-nature views will average it closer to a "1" (5 is best, 1 is worst) - Note: can be affected by seasonal factors.
- Wildlife - Presence and frequency of spotting wildlife
will gain points, with 5 being best. (This particular rating
will as a rule pull most places down, because wildlife is
not something you'll get much of in most places. Do not
let this particular score skew your view of a location if
wildlife is not a priority for you. It is a priority for
me as a nature and wildlife photographer, so I've included
- Water Quality - It would hardly be fair to score down a cypress swamp
with absolutely no trash just because the water is naturally
brown and tanic, or give a high score to a clear mountain
lake with lots of trash floating around. This is an overall
perception of the pleasantness and naturalness of the location.
A "5" is the most pleasing, while a low score is more indicative
of smells, trash (water and shorelines) and obvious pollutants.
Seasonal factors and water level conditions may affect this.
- Quietude - From virtually no sound pollution (a
"5") to motor boats, cars and highways, and industrial noise
(pulling it closer to a "1").
- Boating Traffic - This is an indication of the AMOUNT of traffic and how it negatively impacts the paddling experience. A "5" is NO motorized traffic while a "1" is lots of boats, skiers, wakes and lack of courtesy. (I won't consider trolling motors as motorized unless there is a great preponderance of boats with them simply cluttering up the view)
to "The Casual Kayaker"
Everett) Jordan Lake - Farrington Point (northwest finger)
- June 18, 2011
in the Great Smoky Mountains, Jackson County, NC
Creek Lake, Jackson County, NC, June 29, 2011
Glenville, Jackson County, NC, June 30, 2011
Creek Lake, Jackson County,NC, July 1, 2011
Water, and DSLR Cameras - How I Manage Mine
Everett) Jordan Lake, NC 751 area, July 16, 2011
My Kayaks - A Little Do-It-Yourself
out the weather
Paddle on the Coast for Wild Horses
Jordan Lake, return to NC 751 area, November 19, 2011
Everett) Jordan Lake - Farrington Point to Morgan Creek
- April 1, 2012
Jordan Lake, White Oak Creek marsh, April 7, 2012
Jordan Lake, Vista Point - north, April 14, 2012
I first began kayaking I found a most helpful blog
by Tom Haynie that aided me greatly in finding and
choosing new flatwater locations. His blog was infinitely more
detailed and useful than anything I found on kayaking forums.
I quickly resolved to share my own impressions of locations
I've visited, including details I believe to be important and
helpful, in hopes of providing practical information to others.
I sincerely hope you find something useful and helpful here.
(For more location reports visit Tom's blog at backshortly.wordpress.com)
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