Community Exhibits & Activities
NNLC Friends Kayaked and Canoed on Cat Point Creek
The Northern Neck Land Conservancy conducted two outdoor adventures and learning experiences about Cat Point Creek. Thirty-five people kayaked and canoed on this pristine waterway, and listened to short presentations about the history of the region, the flora and fauna, and the delicate fresh and salt water composition of the creek. Our land trust is working to protect this vital habitat and we wanted our neighbors to learn about this gorgeous waterway and wildlife habitat in the Northern Neck.
On June 9th, we paddled kayaks from Heritage Park Resort in Warsaw with guides Gary Rouse and Sandy Spencer. Gary was a Botanist with the Natural Heritage division and now leads canoe and kayak trips on the Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers. Sandy is a Supervisory Wildlife Biologist at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge. Both provided expert guidance on the creek and natural habitat.
After the trip, we gathered in the park at Dancing Point, overlooking the creek to eat lunch and listen to Sandy and historian Ed Hale, talk about the ecosystem of plants and wildlife, and the history of the creek- back to the days of Captain John Smith.
On June 18th, we launched kayaks and canoes again. Gary Rouse, guided us once more and we saw various flora and fauna in bloom. We returned to the park to enjoy a box lunch and presentation by Sara Pope on the history of the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee at Menokin.
Being on the creek, dipping our oars and paddles, we experienced first hand the beauty and rich biological bounty of the waterway and appreciated the value of preserving this very special 19 mile long creek. We encourage anyone who loves a wonderful outdoor adventure at a restful pace, to explore Cat Point Creek by kayak or canoe and take in the habitat of this environmental wonder.