I recently paddled with the Lumber River Canoe Club through Big Swamp in S/E North Carolina. This is a scenic float full of large cypress, birds, wildlife. It was a great laid back get together with people who love what they have in our backyard.
DaveBaldwin 1 There was a canoe along with us. But there were a couple portages. We clear quite a few while we made our way down. A kayak with a more open cockpit would be ideal.
2. Also the insects were not that noticeable. Most sprayed down with repellent. I did not and didn't notice.
I know there are a few overnighters that are done along this this route and the Lumber river