Kayak: Tallapoosa River downstream of Martin Dam - launch off Gold Mine Road; Sat. 07/23/2011, 07:30-11:30
Distance: 8 miles (estimate) Rating: 5.5/5
Conditions: Partly cloudy, hot, humid. Light southerly wind. No flow in river. Near full pool.
Great kayak exploration below Martin Dam with Glenn. Put in off Gold Mine Road. Lots of islands and sloughs in this area. River was not flowing and level was near full pool. Observed many water birds (ducks, herons, kingfishers, and cormorants). Glenn caught two bream near some of the grass beds. Found two spots of the Shoals Lily! Did not know this plant was found on the Tallapoosa.
Two concrete structures stand on the west side of the river just downstream from the launch point. Can only speculate what function they once served. Many other white flowering plants observed on the small islands (these were not Shoals Lilies). The plants appeared to be similar to a wild potatoe bloom but was not a vine. Numerous other water plants in abundance along with cypress and sycamore along the river's edge.
Perhaps the best kayak expedition yet!
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