Sunday, July 5, 2015

Turkey Creek Lake

Two weeks ago I went paddling around the northern portion of Turkey Creek Lake, Louisiana. It's a beautiful area, with some incredible cypress. There is an interesting Water-body Management Plan document publicly available from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries website, here. It covers some of the management issues they deal with, such as invasive aquatic species, both plants (water hyacinth) and animals (asian carp). 

Bald cypress leaves

It was tough trying to get a photo of this water spider, without leaning too far over in the canoe.

While paddling on the lake, I saw my first alligator gar, it surfaced a couple of feet from the canoe. I was able to get a decent glimpse of its long row of teeth and speckled scales.

Despite the fact that I went in the morning, it was still too hot to take Kermit, and have him sitting in a hot aluminum canoe in the sun. The humidity was essentially 100% and it was already close to 90 degrees F by the time I was in the water, with a heat index of at least 100 F.