Sound Rivers intern on camping platform mission

Sound Rivers, Water Trail

Posted on April 6th, 2023

Intern William Wallace casts from the bow of his skiff. He later caught a speckled trout, but with regular rod and reel.

Sound Rivers intern William Wallace was on the water this week and on a mission to check out some of Sound Rivers’ camping platforms on the Tar-Pamlico River.

William set off from Mason’s Landing on Tranter’s Creek on Wednesday on a scouting mission to find the three platforms located closest to Washington and make assessments as to their condition. His report: they all need some work. Those interested in volunteering to make a few basic repairs on the camping platforms are welcome to email Sound Rivers Program Director Clay Barber at

Though William has spent plenty of time on the water in his lifetime, he hadn’t been on the Tar-Pamlico River in many years, he said.

“It was incredible being out on the river here,” William said. “It’s very different from Oriental, where it’s mostly pine trees on the shore. The cypress trees here are really cool.”

On this outing, William spotted signs of otters near the camping platforms and had some fishing success in the afternoon, reeling in a speckled trout (which he threw back).

(And if you happened to see a guy on a skiff blowing through the No Wake Zone at the Washington waterfront yesterday afternoon, it might have been because a certain skiff’s throttle got stuck at full speed … scary, but all turned out fine!)

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