Deer River Flow Paddle

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Deer River Flow Dam

Flag of United States  , New York
Thursday, August 16, 2012

It is summertime now and it is thunderstorm time, but the weather prediction was good for today, Thursday the 16th, so that is the day Otto picked for a paddling excursion in the Adirondacks.  Of the recommendations he made, the Deer River Flow seemed the most promising with an easy paddle but interesting scenery and hopefully some wildlife.

I really liked this place.  I loved the water lilies - big, beautiful, white lilies with yellow centers and tons of lily pads.  There were also some other kinds of aquatic plants that I hadn't seen before:  long, thin, flat glass-like plants that lined up in horizontal and intersecting patterns.  There were also some smaller, oval-shaped leaves and some feathery stems under the surface of the water.  The flow was caused by damming the Deer River and flooding an area that has become a shallow sort of lake with lots of stumps sticking out in it.  There were two branches, one leading to the dam where we had lunch, and the other eastern branch heading to Horseshoe Pond.  I liked the eastern branch because it was narrower, calmer and there was more to see.

Unfortunately, we didn't see a lot of wildlife.  Otto spotted a heron.  I tried to take a photo of a blue bird I heard and then saw fly out of a tree.  There were some fish making sounds in the water and dragonflies and butterflies.  There were supposed to be quite a few turtles in the eastern branch too but I didn't see any.

The attached photos only show the west branch as far as the dam at lunchtime because my camera battery ran out.  There were lots of photo ops later on that I missed .  Too bad.

At one point a big, dark cloud came over us and I became anxious about being out in a storm but it cleared up after a tiny bit of rain.  All in all, the weather was quite cooperative and it was a beautiful day for kayaking and canoeing in this area.
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