We paddled Section 4 of Contentnea Creek (as described on Paul Ferguson's book). It is beautiful, remote, scenic, and not an easy paddle. The river was slightly below the minimum (2.38 at Lucama). The minimum is a good guide.
Clear water, sandy bottom most of the way
Lots of large fish visible - gar, catfish, bass, others
Saw turtles and a muskrat swimming in the water
Lots of birds including an owl flying closeby
Lots of deer trying to sleep along the banks
no houses, only 2 people
Not so good parts:
Lots of downed trees, especially in the first couple miles. We hauled the boats over at least 29 logs, including at least 3 that required us to go up the bank. This does not count the MANY times we got out to go over sand bars or logs right at the water line or the many logs 6-12" above the water.
Slick banks at times with mud
The put-in required a 6' drop down to the water (not too bad if you have a rope on your boat)
It was a good thing this is summer, we were wet to our waist all day.
Flat/Sheltered Water, River/Creek (Up to Class II)
Number of Portages:
minimum of 29 portages
Times out of the boats - maybe 70-80?