Ten Days on the Lynches Scenic River Water Trail
We left Persimmon Bluff Landing for our morning shuttle drive to Staples Lake Landing on the Great Pee Dee River, retracing some of our Day 9 miles down the Lynches River to the wide Y in the river that is the confluence with Clark’s Creek. Kimberly and I were in a canoe, and Randy, Terry and her husband, Joe, were in kayaks as we floated down Clark’s Creek with Snow Island (of Revolutionary War hero Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion fame) on our left. The only bridge crossing along this stretch is a private bridge to Snow Island about a mile below the confluence. Randy and Joe told stories of hunting and fishing on the river as we passed old hunting shacks. I believe this was our easiest day as we only encountered one tree across the river. As we approached the confluence with Muddy Creek, rain began falling. Since we didn’t see lightning or hear thunder, we decided to continue. We paddled a short distance up Muddy Creek for pictures, then turned and continued on Clark’s Creek. We stopped to gather data and samples from the limestone marl feature on river right, just below the confluence of Muddy Creek and Clark’s Creek. A quick two miles later we chased a large alligator off the sandbar at the confluence with the Great Pee Dee. We swam and ate lunch on the sandbar and watched the alligator check us out from the other side of the river.
Our last stretch was an easy 1.5-mile paddle on the Great Pee Dee while looking for the Staples Lake oxbow entrance on river right. Once in the oxbow, the landing appeared on our left. This section took 1.5 hours to paddle 3 river miles on the Lynches River with a flow of 319 cfs or 3.03 feet on the Effingham gauge; 4 hours to paddle 7 river miles on Clark’s Creek; and one hour to paddle 1.5 miles on the Great Pee Dee River with a flow of 1,815 cfs or 3 feet on the Pee Dee gauge; for a total of 7 hours.
We did not paddle Mill and Muddy creeks from Persimmon Bluff Landing to Snow’s Lake Landing due to low water conditions, however we show this route in the Lynches Scenic River Water Trail Guide so that adventuresome paddlers can give it a try. I hope you enjoy your adventure in the wilderness that is Lynches Scenic River.
Guide cover below is hyperlink to Adobe PDF file (size 8M).
Also available: Boating Guide to the Little Pee Dee an Adobe PDF file (size 5M).
— Mary Crockett, State Scenic Rivers program coordinator.
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