Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Beaver Dam Lake in Fall - Beaver Sighting!

Location: Beaver Dam Lake, Wake County, NC.  Temperature: 71F Wind: Calm Conditions: Mostly Cloudy

Durham was forecast to have temperatures in the low 70's F mid-week. So, with the promise of ideal paddling temperatures in early November... there was only one thing Rachel and I could possibly do - it was time to paddle!  ;-)  Click on the photos to enlarge.

After an abortive attempt to put in at the Eno River, there was a fishing tournament underway and I could hardly get my truck through the parking lot with all the fishing trailers, we decided to paddle at Beaver Dam Lake. No park entrance fees, no fishing tourney, few folks, but lots of flat water to paddle!

Up close with a Blue Heron

Also was able to catch an "in flight" photo as the bird flew across the lake and...

... settled on a perch in a pine tree.

Down one of the many coves at Beaver Dam Lake, we came across this beaver den.

A short time later, one of the den occupants surfaced nearby. The beaver was clearly not happy with us paddling close to its home (who would?)

And showed its displeasure by repeatedly slapping the surface of the water with its tail. The beaver also kept luring us farther out into the lake from its den. By the time we gave up trying to paddle closer to the rodent for better photo opportunities, we had traveled nearly to the middle of Beaver Dam Lake!    

A beautiful "splash of color" announcing Fall is at hand.

Rachel and I enjoyed a nice and relaxing mid-week paddle at one of our favorite paddling areas. We hope to return again before colder Winter temperatures (both air and water temps) force us to end our paddling activities for the season.

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