Sunday, February 24, 2013

Muskrats on the Blackstone - River Island Park - February 23, 2013

The Muskrats (aka Frank, Jim, and whoever else happens to be with them) reunited to paddle the section of the Blackstone River from River Island Park down to River’s Edge Park.  This time, Susan and I joined the group.

We met at bike path parking lot outside of River’s Edge Park at 10:45 and ran the shuttle up to River Island Park.  The river was at an easy level – 2.5 feet, 800 cfs on the Woonsocket gage. Temperatures were in the mid 30’s, and snow was expected for the afternoon. 

The first half-mile below the River Island Park starts off as quickwater with a couple of easy rapids - everyone made it through fine.  We paddled the flatwater section down as far as the water treatment plant before turning back to Rivers Edge Park.

The take out at the Bike Path is kind of a pain, but we used a throw bag rope to pull everyone’s boats up the flood control levee and we were on our way home before the storm started.  

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