Recent flooding in southern Illinois has led to many opportunities to play in the many rivers and creeks. Posted here are a few shots taken during a short paddle in a tributary of the Cache River.
The brown line above the surface of the water is the level of the water from just a few days prior. It had already dropped enough to make canoeing over log jams a bit of a hassle. The brown color is from silt–one of the big problems in the Cache watershed. Fortunately, many landowners and farmers in the watershed have been working diligently to slow the infiltration of silt into the Cache River proper.
Finding public access to the Cache can be challenging. We entered near a railroad bridge where we could park on RR right-of-way. A later look at the map revealed that we had not entered the actual Cache, but a small tributary instead.
Just a day or two earlier and this maneuver would not have been possible–as it was be barely fit beneath the tracks!
After slipping under the railroad track the creek opened into a wide, swamp-like body of water.
It was a beautiful and a fun way to spend an afternoon in southern Illinois.