Riverkeeper: creating connections via kayak

Environmental, Neuse River Watershed, Sound Rivers, Tar-Pamlico Watershed

Posted on March 21st, 2024

Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Katey Zimmerman met up with some avid kayakers for a trip up Contentnea Creek last week.

Longtime Sound Rivers supporter Doreen Livermon issued the invitation to join the paddle with this group of friends scattered across the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds, who regularly meet up to paddle different waterways.  

“I think it’s really important in general to get to know our supporters and get to know their interests,” Katey said. “And any opportunity to get out on the water is good.”

Launching from the new kayak launch on Contentnea Creek (located at the boat access), the group paddled this Neuse River tributary’s strong current for a couple of miles before stopping for snacks in a calm area, then heading back downstream, going with the flow.

“The ride back was definitely a lot easier, and it’s really gorgeous out there,” Katey said. “I was really impressed with all of them — how active they are and excited to get out on the river and how passionate they are about nature and our waterways.”

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