Sunday, March 27, 2016

Paddling South Creek at Oscar Scherer State Park

This creek is a very easy paddle.  With almost no current at all, it is just as easy to go upstream as it is to go downstream.  Much of the creek is shaded, and a cool breeze blows in off the gulf keeps the temperature very comfortable.

Andy drifting
Andy Drifting down South Creek

Kayak launch-2The launch can be found at the South Creek picnic area; I don’t think I’ve seen one like this before.  The section that goes into the water is floating on one end, so it is very easy to get in and out of the boat.  The bar that goes across the launch is nice too.  As you can see, the launch is set up for handicapped access as well.Bird eating crab

We didn’t see any alligators in this creek, but there were quite a few water fowl.  One of the more interesting photos that Tina took was of a heron eating a crab.

We followed the creek to the north until we arrived at the bridge that goes to Lake Osprey (further north, it starts to get too shallow), and then came back and headed a little south of the launch.  Along the way, it was a relaxing trip with a lot of great views.

Tina paddling
Tina Paddling on South Creek

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More photos available in the gallery

Andy posing-1 Hi Punkin! Twisted tree
Andy's kayak and a rental River view-3 Old tree

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