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Which creek?  And, why don’t we get a paddle?...

‘No paddle up your creek’ is an interesting line, as there are just so many possible interpretations.

As such, this is another clue that’s not very helpful in finding the treasure (it doesn’t give you any new information), but is very helpful in confirming a location (it could rule a lot of places out).

And, why is it ‘your creek’?  The use of the possessive implies that it’s a named creek, perhaps named after a person.  Better yet if there’s a nearby creek named Searcher Creek or Hunter Creek.  There’s a Hunter Creek in Wyoming, right beside Sheepeater Creek (no place for the meek).  Near Boulder Ridge (heavy load) and Castle Cr.

Considering the previous line, ‘the end is ever drawing nigh’, we could very easily be looking for a creek that’s on our left-hand side.  A creek which we can’t go up (no paddle), or even a dry (dead) creek bed.  Something which we would need ‘no paddle’ for.

Also, we shouldn’t rule out the possibility that this clue simply means that we don’t take the creek on our left (or the first creek we come across).  

There will be ‘no paddle up your creek’ = ‘don’t go up that creek’

Or, alternately, we do go up that creek.  The line is pretty ambiguous that way.  Uggh.

Possible Interpretations:

Other Ideas...:

The Verdict:

Important to solving the poem.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that it’ll be helpful to you in any way whatsoever - until after the treasure has been found.  It will help to rule-out ideas though.  So, it is of some value to us as we search for the treasure chest.  SOMEWHAT IMPORTANT.