Paddle to Oak Island (I think)

scubabruce

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You are a biologist as in a Batchelors degree holding biologist?What type of Biology?
This is the type of crap that aggravates me,nothing against biologists but it seems that in a few years holding an accredited college degree will be the only thing that will allow you to access most of our public land.I guess holders of degrees must weigh less then the rest of us and they don't make footprints or squish ants the rest of us inadvertently do.I feel like an alien on my own planet.
Retired biologist! MS - Rutgers University. I worked 33 years for the US EPA. They did not condition my getting the permit on that basis; HOWEVER, to get a special use permit they want you to have a purpose for going in there. Photography in itself may be good enough. I plan to throw the biologist part in to add some weight to the justification hopefully. I have nothing against creationists either.
 

scubabruce

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Here's what the application looks like (pdf). Note the space for assistants - maybe a photographer, one that could do panos might be nice if he/she isn't too old/big to paddle anymore. A historian could be beneficial too.........um...........PBX?
 

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Believe me if I was a biologist I would be throwing some weight around too.
So tell me,did you make it far enough up the island past the rake to see the three monuments along the ridge top?Ooops ,I guess i shouldn't have known they were there:oops:
 

scubabruce

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Believe me if I was a biologist I would be throwing some weight around too.
So tell me,did you make it far enough up the island past the rake to see the three monuments along the ridge top?Ooops ,I guess i shouldn't have known they were there:oops:
No, but I know where they are - next time.
 

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The bridges are out on that road. The only access now is by watercraft.

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I'm kinda tight with Fish & Game, maybe I can secure permission for us common folk to "visit" Oak Island.
You'll need to be tight with the Feds, that area is part of Forsythe NWR. But you need not be tight with anyone, just have to politely ask the refuge manager.
 

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I submitted the completed special use permit application about two weeks ago and haven't heard anything back. I'm going to call them tomorrow for a status report. Access by kayak is very easy. I know about the dirt trail in, but as Guy says, at least one of the bridges is out. I don't know whether you could get across with waders on but all the waterways I saw had a lot of muck on the bottom which causes you to sink down in it.
 
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You can't get across the first one on foot. A boat can go down that waterway. It is deep. Don't waste your time.
 

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My Hornbeck is perfect for situations like this. :) Makes the use of Oak Island Rd doable with just the 2 spots to use the canoe as the bridges are unusable.
 
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scubabruce

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Just to let folks know......I did get my special use permit application approved to visit Oak Island. Got to get in there soon - going to Hawaii 10/22.
Pineywoman, you have to check out the Edwin Forsythe visitor center in Oceanville. They have an 8 mile drive around (ideal for you and the rug rat), and lots of good hiking trails.
 

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Very nice. November seems like a good month :) Yea, try November.


Guy