I followed Yarmouth Creek for its entire length enjoying the vast marshes full of ripening wild rice, red-winged blackbirds, and swallows. Other birds I saw included green and great blue herons, great egrets, osprey, kingfishers, and many eagles. Like the Chickahominy, Yarmouth Creek and the others I paddled on this trip had many duck blinds, so you may want to check duck season dates before you go. No sense ticking off anyone who just happens to have a loaded gun. I followed Yarmouth Creek to where it meets Little Creek, and I followed this much smaller creek until I got to the Little Creek Dam, and turned around back to Yarmouth. From here I went west on Shipyard Creek to get back to the Chickahominy. Much of the Chickahominy and its tributaries are a maze of creeks and marshes, so I spent some time looking at maps ahead of time, plus I had the GPS on my phone for backup if needed. Shipyard Creek follows the north shore of Wright Island, which appears to be rarely visited, at least these days. I did, however, see two derelict fishing camps that may be worth trespassing on for some photos. From Shipyard Creek I crossed the Chickahominy again to get back to the WMA landing, making just over a 9 mile circle.
|Eagle's Nest Landing|
|Duck Blind on Yarmouth Creek|
|Little Creek Dam|
|Shipyard Creek, Abandoned Cabin|
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