Kayak: Coon Creek Tract off Lake Yates in Tallapoosa County AL, Sat., 06/25/2011, 09:00-12:00
Distance: 6 miles (estimate based on paddle time) Rating: 5/5
Conditions: Sunny. Hot/humid. Wind very light and variable. One other truck boat trailer at the trail head. Water level a foot or so lower than full pool.
Had a great day exploring Coon Creek by kayak. This creek empties into Lake Yates north of Tallassee. The mouth of the creek and surrounding land is one of the parcels of Alabama Forever Wild Lands. The riparian zone is mixed hardwoods and conifers with bottom-land hardwoods being prominent.
Observed kingfisher and turkey vulture during our exploration. There were wood duck houses in the creek but did not see any ducks. Glenn had no luck fishing though we did see some smaller fish near rock outcroppings. Carp were active in the shallows. Quite a few aquatic grass and hyacinth beds around the creek estuary and banks of the main lake. Many dragonflies were busy across the creek surface and near the grass beds. They occasionally landed on my yak. A bumblebee followed me close for a while -- apparently he liked the color of my boat!
Did not take time to hike the 5 miles of trails due to heat and probable ticks.
Thank YOU, LORD, for this wonderful place and everything YOU provide.
Stopped at a classic car and hot rod show in Tallassee on the way back. Enjoyed the older trucks and mustangs!