Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Lake Kincaid, Jackson County, Illinois May 29th 2011: Beautiful lake in the heart of the "Illinois Ozarks"
The weather in this part of the country has been so unusual. We were just up at Coffeen Lake a couple of days ago and had a light windbreaker due to the temperatures and lack of sun. On this trip, it got in the 90's and was very windy.
I put in at the boat launch at the National Forest Service area off Hwy 151. If you keep going (coming in from the south) there is another boat launch that is all run down and delapidated. I think next time I go, I am going to launch from there and see how far I can run up Kincaid Creek. The launch traffic was fairly high due to the holiday weekend. The one thing I do not like to do is rush getting into my kayak or getting out of my kayak..so that part was a little challenging.
Paddled from the boat launch into the creek and went about 3/4 of a mile up in the creek. It was fun to paddle this and fish it as well. After about an hour or so of that, I got back on the main lake. The wind was gusty, but only provided for a couple of challenges. Water color was brown, and I am thinking the lake is still a little high based on how the local rivers look right now. I look forward to coming back to this lake to paddle some more in the future.
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