Sunday, May 30, 2010

Return to Beaver Dam Lake

5/30/2010 - Beaver Dam Lake, Wake Forest, NC

Memorial Day weekend was not suppose to be any paddling for me. I had so many planned "non-water" family activities... that paddling was not even on my radar scope. But instead, I got in two paddling adventures... both at beautiful Beaver Dam Lake! :-) Where there is a will, there is a way? And this time, Rachel was able to join me! Early Sunday morning was overcast with temperatures in the low 70's. Unfortunately, there was a park employee manning the entrance booth and I had to pay $6.00. Oh well. There were a few cars and trucks in the parking lot, but it was still pretty deserted, especially for a holiday weekend.

Put in was at the Beaver Dam Lake boat ramp. I swiveled around and took this photo of the put in area as we paddled SW. There was an early morning breeze on the lake and we encountered a little chop.

Rachel in the front seat.

We paddled SW until we came to the dam that separates Beaver Dam Lake from Falls Lake. It is an earthen dam approximately 25-30 feet tall reinforced with concrete. These concrete "shingles" in this photo help control erosion and allows water to drain off the dam and back into the lake.

This is a fishing and observation walkway that crosses the entrance way from Beaver Dam Lake to Falls Lake. Beyond the walkway, boats with gasoline-powered motors are allowed.

We spied this dead tree stump with new growth sprouting from the top.

Beautiful Beaver Dam Lake!

I spotted my "crop duster" bi-wing plane again. However, I learned that it is actually a sight seeing airplane from a nearby airstrip.

We also saw this hawk perched in a dead tree on the shoreline. When we first spotted the bird, we thought it was a bald eagle because of its white head... but it proved to be a false alarm.

We came across several yakers who were fishing. I understand there are large catfish (disambiguation) in these waters.

We met a young couple from north Raleigh. They talked to us about their paddling adventures in Beaver Dam Lake and white water rafting on the Snake River.

We paddled up this scenic cove.

Water levels were high and many trees were submerged.

The park maintains several "hatching boxes" for water fowl.

We looped around and headed NE, passing the put in area on our left. By this time, many more yakers had arrived and were preparing to put in.

Saw many more kayakers on the water, enjoying the day. We paddled a 1/4 mile or so NE. I showed Rachel the Old Weaver Trail bridge in the distance. We decided to turn around and call it a day.

Back at the put in area, I spied these twin Perception kayaks waiting their turn to launch.

Many families were also getting ready to put in. Paddling is a sport that may be enjoyed by everyone!

Another great morning at Beaver Dam Lake! Rachel wants to return soon... and investigate the NE corner of the lake in search of bald eagles. I think I'll be coming along for that paddle too! ;-)

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