Wednesday, June 30, 2010

“Beaver Dam Land” – Nipmuc River – June 29th

Spent on few hours in “beaver dam land” last night with the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club on the Nipmuc River.

The Nipmuc forms in Burrillville where Round Top Brook joins the Chockalog River, and flows south to the village of Harrisville where it becomes the Clear River below the Harrisville Dam. In the spring we frequently paddle the Clear (and Branch) River(s) which is an easy whitewater run. Above the Harrisville Dam, the Nipmuc is one of my favorite flatwater paddles with crystal clear water that winds through pleasant woods and fields.

The river is narrow, but thanks to the good work of Paul L., it is clear of overgrown brush.  Beavers have been very active in the area. There were five beaver dams - a couple we had to lift over on the way up, but all were runnable on the way back down. Gage was 3.4 cfs, 2.9 ft. A good time.


Nipmuc River from Erik Eckilson on Vimeo.

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