Sunday, May 23, 2010

An early morning paddle on the Blackstone - May 22nd

It was another busy weekend, and I knew if I was going to squeeze in any paddling, it would have to be early Saturday morning. So I skipped my usual gym session and went paddling instead. The boat was on the car by 6:00 AM, and I was on the water by 6:30.

I paddled the Blackstone Canal and River from Lonsdale up to Manville and back. The trip is around 10 miles with two dams to portage (twice).  It turned out to be a pleasant 3 hour paddle. The level was actually prety good with the Woonsocket gauge at 2 feet, 600 cfs.

There’s a good size tree down in the Canal just before the Martin Street Bridge. It requires getting out of the boat, but is easy to get around otherwise. The take out at the Lonsdale Dam is a little eroded from last month's floods, but still very serviceable.

Here’s a short video of the trip.

An Early Morning Paddle on the Blackstone from Erik Eckilson on Vimeo.

River Guide from the Blackstone River National Heritage Corridor

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