Heater's Island WMA - Pontiac
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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. During recon, evidence of turkey and deer were also seen.
Having a plateau above river flood stage, the Island possessess 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 were collected. Summer cachers can consider this an extreme cache (perhaps 4/4). 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.
I can only imagine how this particular hiding spot came to rest on the island. Checking out the flood marker in the nearby C&O Canal parking area that shows the flood waters were indeed VERY high.
That being said, the cache you seek is a one gallon lock 'n' lock containing a logbook, various swag and room for various travel bugs and geocoins. Please be sure to rehide as good as or better than found. Happy Caching!
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum