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Sunday, June 22, 2014
Pitts Creek (Pocomoke River) - 6/22/14
I first got the idea of paddling Pitts Creek from reading Andrea Nolan's book, Sea Kayaking Virginia. Pitts Creek is a tidal tributary of the Pocomoke River close to where the river meets the Chesapeake Bay. Towards its headwaters Pitts Creek becomes part of a freshwater swamp, and this transition from salt to fresh, and the subsequent change in plant communities, is what allured me. My put-in point was Pitts Landing on the Pocomoke River in the northern part of Accomack Co. on Virginia's Eastern Shore where it meets Maryland. The free public landing has a concrete ramp, a dock, a few parking spots, and no other amenities beyond these. From the ramp I headed straight out across the Pocomoke in a northeasterly direction towards the mouth of Pitts Creek on the south side of the river. A small copse of trees rising from the marsh marked the creek's entrance, and the first of several bald eagles encountered that day welcomed me.
Labels: Eastern Shore