Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spring 2010 Grave Creek Kayaking

Hello Springtime!
A warm Spring day like today deserves a good paddling, so I woke up early and visted a new section of an old favorite flatwater paddling spot in McIntosh County. Grave Creek is a small feeder creek that eventually ends at Lake Eufaula. The creek is narrow, curvy and usually pretty shallow. The deepest section of Grave Creek offers a boat ramp right off Highway 266 a mile or so above the lake. The boat ramp is popular with fishermen and can be pretty crowded these days. This morning, I used a more primitive access to the creek North of the boat ramp off Highway 266.

It was very secluded. I saw many creatures but no people. Clearly, I wasn't the first one there because there was litter and even some old chopped up vehicle in the creek. With another six inches of water it would be much better kayaking. Still, it was peaceful and lovely and the weather was great. You can paddle on both sides of the road, if you can find the old dirt road outside of Hitchita, OK that crosses Grave Creek. Heck, I even paddled through a steel pipe to enjoy the short drop off the other side! The best way to find this creek access, is actually to take Cedar Road, right off of Highway 52 between Morris, Oklahoma and the junction of Highway 266. Follow Cedar East a couple miles until the pavement ends and then a bit farther up the dirt road until it crosses Grave Creek at a crude concrete and steel pipe bridge.

It became quite windy later in the day, so I am glad I got out early in the morning. However, this part of the creek offers high banks that shelter you from the wind better than most Oklahoma kayaking spots I know. More pictures on our Grave Creek page at OklahomaRoadTrips.com.

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