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April 10 2020 RiverGuard Report

20 Apr
April 20, 2020

Sanctuary of the River
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 10th through the 12th on the Blackwater below Franklin. The water was high, then very low, clear, 62 degrees and fast. Air temps ranged from 36 to 65 degrees and the wind was like a hurricane during the day. Trash was light and I saw no water quality issues and thank goodness no untagged or abandoned limb lines. In the 50 plus years I have plied this river rarely have I seen the wind blow so much water out of the river so fast. In a matter of 6 hours the river dropped 33 inches and I’m sure it eventually made it to 36 after I went back to camp that night. It was pretty cool riding around and looking at things one normally don’t get to see. Like the giant cypress stumps that were cut eons ago when the river was narrower. I have read the canopy of those majestic trees in many places met from shore to shore closing out the sunlight on the river. I sure wish I could time machine back to those days to check it out!
The fishing on this patrol was really good. I caught white perch, bream and lots of bass and chain pickerel. I was primarily fishing for the jacks to get some yumminess fillets for the freezer. I caught most of the bass and jacks on the AC Shiner and a custom in line spinner bait I make. I saw folks on the lower river tearing up the white perch on bottom rigs. Lots of two at a time were being caught and and as fast as the bottom rig hit the bottom.
I also checked on the Bald Eagles at Cherry Grove. I saw one of the adults sitting beside the nest. No parent was in the nest whish usually means the little ones are hatched. I imagine they were waiting on the other parent to return with the groceries. I can’t wait to see how many youngins they have this year.
Wheww it sure was nice to have a good safe trip this time. After the last trips nearly disastrous eye poke fiasco I was grateful for a healthy non-injury trip. I have been injured badly out there many times in my life and I am sure I will be injured more in the future, like broke leg or hip, arm, stabbed by a cypress knee, stuff like that. You never really think about your eye getting poked out until it happens, then you realize those things are damn important hhaaaa.
So yes, it was a very nice trip, even the hurricane force winds didn’t take away from my enjoyment, well, not much anyway. On the way back to civilization that third day I was motorin up the river and it dawned on me how nice, carefree and….normal it was out here on the river. Yet only a very short distance away the world is in a crisis. People dying, food shortages and financial strife everywhere. Except here where I am in this boat on this river right now. It’s like the River is a sanctuary, my sanctuary and your sanctuary too if you want it to be that way on the two Rivers we call the Blackwater and Nottoway.

Jeff Turner
Blackwater Nottoway RiverGuard
To contact Jeff about river issues email him at blknotkpr@earthlink.net

December 12 Blackwater Patrol

18 Dec
December 18, 2017

Chilly Willy On The Blackwater
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 14th through the 16th on the Blackwater above Joyner’s Bridge. The water was 36 degrees. Air temps ranged from 21 to 55. IT WAS COLD! In fact on the second day by the late afternoon I was as cold as I have been in many years on the river. Read more →

August 24 Blackwater Patrol

07 Sep
September 7, 2017

Back Out To The Blackwater
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 24th through the 26th on the Blackwater below Franklin. Air temps ranged from 62 to 88 degrees and the water was 79 degrees. The water was still pretty stagnant and nasty. Read more →

July 17 Blackwater Patrol

20 Jul
July 20, 2017

Raccoons Shag On Blackwater
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 17th through the 19th on the Blackwater below Franklin. Air temps ranged from 72 to 90 degrees and the water was 80 degrees. Read more →

July 9 Nottoway Partrol

16 Jul
July 16, 2017

Who let The Cats Out?
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 9th through the 11th on the Nottoway below Delaware. Air temps ranged from 72 to 94 degrees and the water was 80 degrees. Read more →

June 28 Riverkeeper Patrol

01 Jul
July 1, 2017

Just Call Me Batman!
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 28th through the 30th on the Nottoway below Delaware. Air temps ranged from 62 to 88 degrees and the water was 80 degrees. Read more →

January 11 2017 Riverkeeper Meeting Cancelled.

08 Jan
January 8, 2017

7/10/16 Blackwater/Nottoway Patrol

10 Aug
August 10, 2016

With A Little Help From Our Friends
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 10th through the 12th on the Nottoway and Blackwater launching from the VDGIF landing at Hercules. The water was normal and 82 degrees. Air temps ranged from 73 to 90 degrees. Read more →

Nottoway Drone Shot

15 Jul
July 15, 2016

February 10th, 2016 Meeting Minutes

10 Mar
March 10, 2016

As recorded by John Bunch, acting Secretary

The monthly meeting at The Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Center Conference Room had 7 people attending, including BNRP Board Members:  Jeff Turner, Nancy Turner, Sherri Woodard, and Anne Parker. Bobby Turner and visiting Lawson Wallace, with his 2 parents from Wakefield, were in attendance along with John Bunch acting as Secretary due to Felice Hancock’s absence. Read more →