Thursday, December 19, 2013
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (Kayak) 10-12-2013
A little Googling led us to the Luhr Beach Boat Launch which appeared to be the launch closest to the NNWR. It's also a boat launch that duck hunters like to use. Pro: We learned about opening day. Con: The launch was a bit busy, being used by folks with guns. And Boats. And Camoflauge. And dogs.
The NNWR bridge or walkway is very impressive. That thing just seemed to go on and on forever... must be at least two miles of elevated walking on that thing. The structure alone would make a visit worthwhile in my opinion.
Signs along the bottom on the bridge/walkway indicated watercraft are not allowed in the NNWR protected areas so we remained on our approach side. Instead of heading back to Luhr, we opted to paddle up McAllister Creek for a ways. It was a scenic area, and seemingly completely free of hunters. The hunters must have all been congregating on the east side of the NNWR; we were completely on our own out there.
A return visit at low tide would be fantastic. Hopefully we could coordinate it with a 'on foot' exploration of the NNWR while we are in the neighborhood.