Saturday, October 9, 2010

Riverbend Farm - Blackstone River/Canal Loop - October 9th

It was a beautiful morning, so I skipped the gym headed up to River Bend Farm in Uxbridge to run the Blackstone River/Canal Loop. The Northbridge gage was at 3.5 feet, so I figured the river would be at a good level.

I put in on the Blackstone Canal just upstream from the old Stanley Woolen Mill (Rt. 16). For the first mile, the canal was covered with a thick layer of green duckweed. It was like paddling through pea soup, but it cleared up before I reached River Bend Farm.

The river was fun with fast moving water and lots of twists and turns. There were a couple of tricky spots where the current pushes you into strainers and low hanging branches.  It would have been a great run except that I lost another camera when it got caught on the branch of a low hanging tree. I waded out into the river to see if I could recover it, but the water was well over my head.  I hate to admit it, but that's the second camera that I lost this year.

I’ll bet there would have been enough water for a run down from Plummers Landing. There was definitely enough water for a run down to the Blackstone Gorge. The foliage was great – and there are pictures in my camera sitting on the bottom of the river to prove it. If you find a blue Optio in your travels down the Blackstone, its mine.

River Description from the BRVNHC
Paul Hutch's Pictures from Pummers Landing and River Bend Fam


  1. I hope that what you thought was algae in the canal was actually duckweed (Lemna minor). I haven't been to that spot this year but when I was there last year that stretch of canal was completely covered in duckweed. If algae has replaced the duckweed it would indicate a damaged ecosystem.

    Here's a photo I took of the duckweed in the canal by the Stanley Woolen Mill last year.

  2. Yup - that's the stuff - it cleared up by the time I got here.

    With all the rain we have gotten in the past couple of weeks, I think it all got pushed down the canal. I good frost will clear it out.