NC Black Bear Festival
Bear Necessities Paddle Registration
Paddle Kendricks Creek (aka Mackeys Creek)
Bear Necessities Paddle
June 1, 2019
Things You Need to Know…

ROUTE: Kendricks Creek (locally known as Mackeys Creek) launching and returning to Mackeys Marina 417 Mackeys Ferry Rd, Roper, NC 27970. Total travelling distance will be approximately 3 miles. By travelling on this scenic route, you will have the opportunity to see a variety of plants and wildlife, including eagles, osprey, and various song birds. If the winds allow, this paddle will include a round trip to the Albemarle Sound, (just minutes downstream from Mackey Marina). Here you can paddle among ancient cypress trees standing in the water as sentinels, having witnessed sailing ships and commercial fisherman with boats laden with herring, stiped bass, shad and white perch returning to Mackeys for processing.
FEE $30 (Includes a carry-along breakfast and a T-shirt)
Sign-in Location Mackeys Marina, 417 Mackeys Ferry Rd, Roper, NC  27970
Directions 15 Minutes east of the NC Black Berar Festival grounds.

East Bound: From US-64, traveling towards the Outer Banks turn left at the stoplight east of Plymouth onto Hwy NC 45 N at Pines Elementary School. In 1.5 miles turn right onto Hwy NC 308 E for 5.7 miles. Veer left across from Mackey Ferry Sawmill onto Mackey Ferry Road and follow it to the boat ramp.

West Bound on US-64 take Exit 548 and turn right to State Road 1139. At the Holly Neck Church, turn left onto the Holly Neck Road. In 2.1 miles turn left on Hwy NC 32 S. In 1.1 miles veer right onto Hwy NC 308 W for 1.5 miles. Across from the sawmill make a hard right onto Mackeys Ferry Road and follow it to the boat ramp.
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Sign-in/Orientation
Launch After sign-in, you can launch you canoe/kayak at the boat ramp
Take-Out The same as the launch site.
11:00  to 11:30 AM Boats out of the water
Meals No paddler should go hungry! We will provide a light breakfast and snacks for your trip at the sign-in table.
What To Bring  Your own canoe or kayak and a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD). You may also want to bring binoculars, camera, sun screen, bug repellent, snacks, beverage, and a change of clothes.
Don’t have your
own boat?
 Rent one! Rentals will be available through Roanoke Outdoor Adventures, however, you will need to call in advance to reserve a canoe or kayak. To make a reservation call Heber Coltrain at 252-809-9488.
Safety Safety boats will be present during the paddle. In your goody bag, you will find a card with telephone numbers that will put you in touch with the safety boats. For safety precautions a photo of your group will be taken at launch (Note: this photo will not be used for promotional purposes).
At Noon paddlers are invited to the Bear Festival grounds at 320 East Water St. Plymouth to watch the first National Black Bear Day ceremony and enjoy a variety of food and snacks (not included).
Complete the form below to register for the Bear Necessities Paddle on June 2, 2018

Online Registration ends at 3 PM on Friday, May 31st.
You can still register at the launch site the day of the paddle, June 1st.
Paddle Registration
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If you are registering for more than yourself, please list the names of each paddler below. Starting with yourself as Paddler 1.

Sponsored by
Washington County Travel & Tourism
701 Washington Street, Plymouth, NC 27962
Phone: 252.793.4804 / Fax: 252.793.3261 /