Perryville & Garrett Island

Trip dates: 
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Trip length: 
1 day
Type of watercraft: 
  • Sam's Marina
  • Taurus
  • The Rocky Northern Tip of Garrett Island
  • Freight Train Bridge Over the Susquehanna
  • Wary Raccoon

35 degrees, partly sunny, winds light & variable

Dobbs and I launched our kayaks at the Perryville Boat Ramp and paddled around Garrett Island, north to south, checking out our favorite landmarks: the dredge teetering on the bank, the old tug Taurus slowly disintegrating, the submerged keel and twin engines of a boat otherwise carried away by the river, the freight train bridge, the ancient volcano, and the single remaining wall of an old stone building.  The terrain of the island is striking, and the remaining snow accentuated it.  We saw deer - 5-7 overall - along the west side and then, at the southern tip, we came upon some raccoons.  One climbed a tree and eyed us warily.  From there, we paddled straight back across, under the Route 40 bridge, to the boat ramp.