Smack dab in the middle of the Potowmack River, nestled between Maryland and Virginia, Heaters Island (HI) was settled as early as the 17th century. Conoy Indians, a Piscataway tribe, migrated from Southern Maryland and established a village in the 1690's. In 1705, a smallpox epidemic forced abandonment of the village.
Located adjacent to the C&O Canal at Point of Rocks, Md., the Island, over a mile long and nearly a half mile wide at its widest, is a designated Wildlife Management area. Wildlife, particularly birds and waterfowl inhabit the Island.
Note dense foliage surrounding the ever-graceful LpYankeefan. This is typical of the Entire Island.
Having a plateau above river flood stage, the Island possesses its own unique ecosystem. It is densely foliated, both with tree and ground coverings. During warm months, nettles comprise much of the cover, armpit high. You are forewarned. Very little poison ivy was encountered and no ticks collected. Summer cachers may consider this an extreme cache (5/5 perhaps). After first hard frost, navigation and traverse will be much easier.
In season, hunters for deer (there is at least one tree stand present) and waterfowl are present. Orange Blaze wear is required.
Please observe all safety precautions when venturing onto the water. Stay off the river during flood and high water periods. During other times, the waters to and around the Island are easily managed with a canoe, kayak or raft. There is one riffle to navigate near the boat launch; barely a cheap thrill.
The cache is well-hidden, but nearly in direct view. The container could be called a micro, but its' host is much larger. Located near the river, one can see and hear frequent CSX and AmTrack Trains moving along the mainline. Hikers and bikers can be seen moving along the C & O Canal as well.