The eye of Hurricane Gustav passed very near the camp on Sept. 1, 2008. The large white oak on the right side of this photo fell away from the cabin, but the root ball lifted the cabin wall and knocked the camp off its piers. Hurricane Ike followed Gustav a week later and pushed water into the area. It was two months before we could remove the tree stump, fill in the hole with river silt, and jack the camp back up for repairs. Rick Strain did a great job in difficult conditions, and repairs to the cabin structure and electrical system were completed on Oct. 25. Rick also built a beautiful new boat shed to replace the demolished one seen at the left of this photo.

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