After closely monitoring the wind forecast for Sunday, 13 of us set off from Lakewood to paddle tranquil Herons Creek ( sorry about the mud & weed but at least we were well protected from the SW wind).
We paddled the short distance across Queens Lake to the entrance & then enjoyed a pleasant 14kms return paddle in this lovely part of the world. It is a wide creek for the most part..as wide as some rivers… flanked by tall trees interspersed with glimpses of properties along the way. Some of the homes have enviable private water frontages to the creek. A big osprey flew ahead of us at one point & there were black swans on the lake, their cries haunting on the wind.
As we got to the far reaches of the creek the going got more difficult with submerged tree trunks lurking just below the surface & other fallen timber. We turned around & paddled back to the 5 kms mark where we got out for a snack & a leg stretch. Bill & I paddled down a little side creek which was very picturesque but choked with fallen timber.
Back on the water we headed for Lakewood & into the S Westerly which was cooling as despite the overcast day, it was still hot out of the breeze. When we got to the opening onto the lake we travelled across in small, tight groups pointing up into the wind which was not too challenging.
Back at Lakewood we negotiated the mud & weed again & after washing down the kayaks & loading them, enjoyed lunch in a shady spot beside the lake with a bit of a cool breeze.
Thanks to those who joined us; we hope you enjoyed the day on the water.