Green means go

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Green means go - and not necessarily because the kayak is green, but that didn't hurt Chris LoCascio's efforts Tuesday on Hitchcock Creek.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Green means go – and not necessarily because the kayak is green, but that didn’t hurt Chris LoCascio’s efforts Tuesday on Hitchcock Creek.

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROBERDEL — While paddlers have enjoyed trips down Hitchcock Creek throughout most of the summer, the water level as of late has left a bit to be desired by those who’d prefer  not to walk more than they float.

The scenario changed quickly after Monday night’s rainfall, and Hitchcock Creek was gushing from the Roberdel access point off Nicholson Road. A steel bar wrapped with brightly colored tape sits near the foot of the newly stepped access point and boat launch. When the water is at or above the green tape, it’s all systems go for a safe and swift adventure.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Sonny Aycoth checks the water level on Hitchcock Creek and likes what he sees.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Sonny Aycoth checks the water level on Hitchcock Creek and likes what he sees.

Creek Runners Club members Sonny Aycoth, of Roberdel, Chris Stovall, of Rockingham, and Chris LoCascio, of Roberdel, took advantage of the higher water level and launched their watercraft shortly before lunchtime Tuesday to take advantage of the paddle-friendly conditions.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Chris Stovall, of Rockingham, launches into Hitchcock Creek Tuesday at the Roberdel access point to take advantage of Monday night's rainfall.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Chris Stovall, of Rockingham, launches into Hitchcock Creek Tuesday at the Roberdel access point to take advantage of Monday night’s rainfall.

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  • http://frutke.com Jason Buckner

    If the water is 4 inches below the top of the stake (or about one fist) at the put-in, it’s still a pretty decent run.

    If you can wrap two fists around the stake and not touch the water, you’d better pack your hiking boots.

    If you can’t see the stake at all, watch your head under the bridges downstream!

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