The Kayak Chronicles

by Darren Caffery

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Kayaking Beaver Dam Creek

Brick Twp. / Point Pleasant, NJ

July 2000

Beaver Dam Creek is often a very quiet and serene place to paddle.  The water is typically very calm and it is a good place to watch birds. Although the most convenient place to launch into the creek is at Dorsett Dock Rd in Point Pleasant, we launched into the creek from a private dead end road off Princeton Ave. in Brick Twp.  From there, we paddled under the newly constructed bridge at Beaver Dam Road and through the confluence of the creek, Metedeconk River and Barnegat Bay.  We then explored the residential lagoons of Point Pleasant and after checking out some prime waterfront real estate, returned back into the creek.  

Jen is one of my local paddling partners who also enjoys paddling the Beaver Dam Creek.  

               

Sometimes, when Jen's daughter Kerry can get herself up early, she comes along for our paddling trips.  Today was one of those days.  The sky was overcast and it looked like rain, but we decided to paddle anyway.

Not one snake was seen today.  Water moccasins are usually seen slithering around, but Jen and Kerry wished I hadn't told them that.

 

Access would be much more convenient if we owned a house on the creek.

Although the forecast called for showers, the sun tried to stay out.  I hoped we would make it back before the thunder, lightning and rain started.  I don't mind paddling in the rain, but paddling in thunderstorms can be deadly.

When we were done with our paddle, Jen showed me the new kayak rack that she had installed on her vehicle recently.  I told her I really liked her new rack and Kerry giggled.  A summer thunderstorm started a few minutes after I put my Jeep in the garage.

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