Spring Birding Paddle

Saturday, Apr 28, 2018 at 6:30am

Ghost River Section

This trip is designed for both aspiring and experienced bird watchers as well as anyone who wants to get a better understanding of our “feathered friends”.  We will start early and paddle 8 miles through five ecosystems, observing the birds and other wildlife offered along the river bank.  This journey will take us through upland hardwood forests, bottom wetlands, the Ghost Cypress Swamp, Spirit Lake, and grasslands of the Wolf River.  Bald Eagles have been sighted numerous times over the past years on this section.

The Ghost Section of the Wolf River in the southwest corner of Tennessee is an area of mystery.  Early boating attempts to navigate this section would soon find out the river just simply disappeared, hence the name Ghost.  Due to narrow passages, shallow waterways, and dense undergrowth, canoes or kayaks are, to this day, still the only craft that can pass through these narrow water trails.  Except for a few beaver dams, the river has been allowed to alter its course naturally.  The river appears today virtually as it would have many centuries ago.

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